Barbie Hsu has hotel named after her

Actress Barbie Hsu and her husband, businessman Wang Xiaofei, at the opening of S Hotel in Taipei on Tuesday.
Actress Barbie Hsu and her husband, businessman Wang Xiaofei, at the opening of S Hotel in Taipei on Tuesday.PHOTO: BIG S STUDIO/WEIBO

TAIPEI • It is not exactly the Taj Mahal, but S Hotel may well be a monument of love for the Weibo set.

On Tuesday, Chinese businessman Wang Xiaofei opened the Philippe Starck-designed boutique hotel in Taipei, which he has dedicated to and named after his wife, Taiwanese actress Barbie "Big S" Hsu, China Times reported.

Converted from a rented building, S Hotel has more than 100 rooms in Starck's white modern style, with bathrobes, bed linen and other amenities chosen by Hsu.

It has a Nordic restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Mikkel Maarbjerg and, in the lobby, there are photos of Hsu and her sister, television host Dee "Little S" Hsu, Apple Daily said.

In opening a hotel in Taiwan, Mr Wang's primary goal is to break even, he was quoted as saying by China Times. He also hopes that Taiwanese will one day recommend S Hotel to their foreign friends.

The couple married in 2010 and have a three-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy. At the opening ceremony, which Starck attended, Hsu, 40, quashed recent rumours that she is pregnant.

She stressed that she had fulfilled her social duty by having two children and would not have a third child. In fact, she said she and her husband had reached a consensus that he would have a vasectomy.

To which Mr Wang, 35, said: "I'm still busy with the hotel, there's no hurry."

His wife clarified: "I'm not rushing him into it. This is also a major life event. We're considering whether to have the surgery in Beijing or Taiwan."

As he spoke on tourism in China and Taiwan at the ceremony, she told a joke about S Hotel's name at her sister's expense.

"If business is good, it's Big S Hotel. If business is bad, it's Little S Hotel."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2017, with the headline 'Barbie Hsu has hotel named after her'. Print Edition | Subscribe