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At Corinthia, we always strive to provide the best rates on our website. If you don’t think we have, we’ll pay for 100% of your room on the first night, and price match the rest. Should you find a lower price elsewhere, please submit a claim within 24 hours of your original booking and we will respond within two working days. Please note, this also applies to discounts and promotions available on

Process for making a claim:

Step 1. If within 24 hours of a confirmed reservation with Corinthia Hotels made on, you find a lower rate for the same hotel, room type, inclusions, stay dates, discounts and payment conditions, please contact the relevant email address from the list below to make your claim. All claims must be made within 24 hours of the original booking and at least 24 hours prior to the standard check-in time of the hotel.

Step 2. Your claim should be supported by the URL where the lower rate was found and a screen shot which clearly displays the date of stay, room type, same hotel, inclusions and payment conditions of the lower rate offering on the competing website. Please include your contact information (name, email and phone number).

Step 3. If we are able to verify that the lower rate found qualifies for the Best Rate Guarantee, and all other terms and conditions are met, Corinthia Hotels will pay for 100% of the room charges of your first night, and will price match the room for the rest of your stay. You will be charged for all nights booked at the matched rate, minus the first night which will be free.

To make your claim, email the relevant hotel on one of the following:

First night free, match rate for rest of stay, no minimum nights

Terms and Conditions:

Corinthia Hotels guarantees the best online rate on based on the following terms and conditions:

1. Your original booking must have been made through
2. The lower rate must be found and the claim submitted by email within 24 hours of the original booking and at least 24 hours prior to the standard check-in time at the hotel. If the original booking was made within 24 hours of arrival, the Best Rate Guarantee is not applicable.
3. The Best Rate Guarantee only applies to published rates available to the general public online, which can be found and booked immediately without any kind of restriction or payment restrictions.
4. The lower rate found must be for exactly the same booking criteria - the same hotel, the same room type, same inclusions, the same stay dates, same number of guests, the same rate description and, if applicable, the same promotion. The cancellation and advance purchase policy and all other terms and conditions of the stay must also be identical. If the claim refers to a reservation consisting of several nights' accommodation, the average rate for each night will be compared to the average rate for each night, for an identical reservation, using the website where the lower rate is found.
5. Corinthia Hotels will verify the lower rate claim and respond within two working days of the claim being made. *Claims will be processed from Monday to Friday, between 9am to 5pm, at the hotel's local time.
6. The rate comparison will be made net of any taxes, gratuities or any other fees or charges associated with the room rate, and the lower rate must still be available at the time the hotel validates the claim.
7. The Best Rate Guarantee is void where prohibited by law. Corinthia Hotels reserves the right to modify or cancel its Best Rate Guarantee policy at any time in its sole discretion and without prior notice.
8. Corinthia Hotels has the sole right and discretion to determine the validity of any claim, including without limitation, determining that the lower rate found is genuinely available and that the claim meets all terms and conditions. In case of dispute, Corinthia Hotels' decision is final.
9. In the case of a fully prepaid rate booked through, Corinthia Hotels will refund the difference to your credit card, if applicable, within 30 business days of submitting your claim. Corinthia Hotels is not responsible for any fees associated with cancelling a reservation made through a different channel.
10. Best Rate Guarantee will be suspended during times where or certain rates are not available due to an outage, a technical issue or a circumstance beyond Corinthia Hotels' reasonable control.
11. The Best Rate Guarantee does not apply to rates found offline, negotiated corporate rates, group or MICE rates, opaque provider rates or rates requiring membership in a club or other organization, governmental rates, direct mail or email solicitations, rates offered by providers that do not supply the name or location of the hotel until after a reservation has been made or other rates that are not available to the general public. We reserve the right to deny a claim if the availability of the Competing Rate cannot be independently verified at the time of processing the claim.
12. The Best Rate Guarantee does not apply to packaged rates. Packaged rates include Hotel accommodations sold as part of a travel package in which the Hotel does not provide all services (including but not limited to airfare and/or car rental, tours etc.) and Hotel accommodations sold with additional amenities.
13. Corinthia Hotels may deny a claim where the difference between the rates is less than 1%.
14. If the Competing Rate is in a different currency from the rate booked on, the Competing Rate will be converted into the same currency as the rate offered on our website using the exchange rate as published in in place at the time the initial reservation was made. Discrepancies may occur between Corinthia Hotels' rate and the Competing Rate due to differences in exchange rate sources. If the rate discrepancy is solely due to exchange rate fluctuations, we reserve the right to deny the claim.

A Guide to Architecture in St Petersburg

Exploring the city's beautiful buildings   |   June 2017

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From Baroque buildings to Soviet structures, here’s our guide to architecture in St Petersburg

St Petersburg Architecture | Smolny Cathedral © walencienne/iStock/Thinkstock

Founded in 1703, the city of St Petersburg and its signature, colourful and eclectic style has evolved over time, creating a marvellous kaleidoscope of construction, ranging from Baroque-style buildings to Soviet architecture, Neoclassical structures to Style Moderne. Start your journey through architecture in St Petersburg with a visit to Peter’s Cabin; the oldest structure in the city, this was the command centre from which St Petersburg was built.

Neoclassical Structures

If you’re hoping for a few cultural pit stops on your tour of architecture in St Petersburg, then exploring the city’s neoclassical structures is a great place to start. This architectural style, harking back stylistically to the age of antiquity (think: columns, statuary, and austere, yet monumental, grandeur), can be seen in some of St Petersburg’s quintessential cultural sights, including Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Yelagin Palace, the Imperial Academy of Arts and Mikhailovsky Palace, which houses the Russian Museum, to name but a few.

Baroque-Style Buildings

When it comes to Baroque-style buildings in St Petersburg, the Winter Palace is one of the most iconic. Once the home of the Tsars, now the home of the State Hermitage Museum, the Winter Palace is a grand, opulent, green and white structure, built in the mid-18th century.

Designed by the same architect as the Winter Palace, the decadent Smolny Cathedral, with its bright blue and white exterior and gilded onion domes, is another wonderful example of Baroque architecture in St Petersburg. Looks are somewhat deceiving here though; although the Cathedral’s exterior is Baroque in style, its interior is in fact neoclassical. Construction took so long that tastes had changed by the time the project was complete.

St Petersburg Architecture | Gothic Chapel at Peterhof © Evgeniy Pavlenko/iStock/Thinkstock
St Petersburg Architecture | Singer House © ninara/Flickr

Style Moderne

Singer House (the former Russian headquarters of the Singer Sewing Machine Company) and the Eliseyev Emporium are elegant examples of Art Nouveau, or Style Moderne as it was known in Russia. Built within a year of each other on Nevsky Prospekt in the early 20th century, both buildings were constructed using a metal frame, and exemplify this playful, ornamental style with their exuberant copper statuary and curvaceous lines.

Stalinist and Soviet Architecture

Soviet architecture is an acquired taste, but even sceptics have to admit that St Peterburg’sHouse of Soviets is a grand, imposing beast of a building. Constructed in the 1930s with an eye to the area becoming the new city centre (this plan failed) according to architect Noi Trotsky’s specifications, this is a symmetrical, no-nonsense structure, now used as office space. For an example of industrial soviet architecture, look to the 1920s Red Banner Textile Factory – a bold brick and concrete structure, almost ship-like in design, with thin, horizontal windows.


Consecrated in 1780, Chesme Church (also known as the Church of the Birth of St. John the Baptist) is a striking bright pink and white wedding cake-shaped structure with Gothic turrets and spikes pointing skywards. Although the original interiors are long gone, a visit here is worth it for the exterior alone; after all, how often do you get to see a pink Gothic church?

Another attractive church typifying this vaulted, buttressed style is the aptly named Gothic Chapel at Peterhof; a small, but ornate stone church festooned with arches, parapets, and icons.


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