Barbie Hsu, for whom S Hotel is named, is an acclaimed Taiwanese actress, TV host, singer, style icon and beauty. Her husband created S Hotel as his own special present for her, a tribute to love and happiness, created to inspire the same emotions for every guest. You can see reminders of this pearl of a gift throughout the hotel, with necklaces accenting wall light sconces and even an oversized strand of “pearls” strand adorning the hotel façade.

Barbie enchanted Taiwan long before she inspired S Hotel. When she and her sister formed a popular singing duo called SOS, as the older sister Barbie was nicknamed “Da S” (Big S.) Multiple albums followed her breakthrough, and she since co-hosted entertainment TV shows and starred in the enormously popular Meteor Garden TV series as well as dramatic films. Renowned for her loveliness, she has published books sharing her secrets for timeless beauty.