A hotel in Macau will shortly be taking delivery of two very special Rolls-Royce Phantoms that, at the time they were commissioned, were the most expensive ever built.

The Phantoms finished for Hong Kong-based luxury entrepreneur Stephen Hung’s new hotel The 13 come fitted with 24-carat gold touches inside and out – to match the aesthetic of the building – and will become the flagships of the hotel’s 30-strong collection of Phantoms, reserved for only the most important guests.

The bespoke touches include 24-carat gold plating on the Phantoms’ iconic Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament; a gold-plated Rolls-Royce badge fitted with a bevy of diamonds; and a custom-mixed red paint that took eight attempts to master.

“The finish uses 250 percent more paint than other Phantoms, resulting in an impressive 10 layers, one of which consists of a 40-micron-deep layer of gold, combined with glass and aluminium to provide an alluring shimmer,” Rolls-Royce explained in a release.

Guests will step over gold tread plates to recline into black-and-white seats – designed to echo the chequered floor of the entrance hall of the hotel – trimmed with new gold-coloured pearl-effect leather edging.

Looking up they’ll see a gold-thread “starlight” headliner with lights that replicate the pattern of the stars in the Macau sky on the night of the hotel’s ground-breaking.

Even the renowned umbrellas-in-the-door come with gold handles and golden trim.


The hotel’s order of 30 bespoke Phantoms, including these two gold-infused examples, represent the largest single commission in Rolls-Royce history. The fleet cost $20 million total.