“Word’s Most Expensively Built Hotel” to Open in Macau

By Paul Joseph

A hotel billed as the most expensive ever built is to open in Macau this summer at a cost of over $7 million per room.

First announced three years ago, The 13 hotel features almost exclusively bespoke design details, including elaborate Baroque scroll-work, sculptures, fabrics, wall coverings, furniture and tableware.

Perhaps the hotel’s most outstanding feature is Villa du Comte, a split-level, one-bedroom villa complete with private elevator lobby, butler service, ornate marble-clad roman bathroom, and king-size velvet-canopied bed with an elaborately carved and gilded Baroque headboard.

“As the business and the brand have developed, we felt that the name ‘The 13’ most accurately reflected our Macau hotel’s combination of Baroque inspiration and contemporary accents,” explains Stephen Hung, billionaire co-chairman of Louis XIII Holdings Company, which owns the hotel.

“Our brand represents a unique vision of a global luxury lifestyle based on strong bespoke traditions while embracing modern elements that enhance these traditions. 13 is my lucky number and the new name along with the new logo fit perfectly with my vision. There is a hint of tradition while also suggesting a chic and fun edginess.”

As an extra touch of luxury, on arrival and departure, all hotel guests receive complimentary transfers to and from Macau transportation hubs via the hotel’s fleet of bespoke, extended wheel base Rolls-Royce Phantoms.

The hotel is said to have cost a total of £1.4 billion to build.

By Paul Joseph