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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 Ballet in St Petersburg

Inside Russia's Greatest Art Form   |   June 2017

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From the world famous Mariinsky Ballet Company to the Mikhailovsky Theatre, these are the best places to seek out ballet in St Petersburg

Ballet in St Petersburg | Mikhailovsky Theatre 1 © Jack Devant

A princess turned into a swan; a young girl who falls asleep for 100 years; a mouse king with seven heads…many of the most extraordinary, and downright bizarre, ballets first found success on a St Petersburg stage. Having hosted an impressive roll call of ballet stars – including Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova, not to mention composer, Tchaikovsky – St Petersburg has been at the forefront of the classical ballet scene for rather a long time. From the Alexandrinsky Theatre, to the world famous Mariinsky Ballet Company and the Mikhailovsky Theatre, these are the best places for culture vultures to seek out some ballet in St Petersburg.

The Mariinsky Ballet Company

An impressive mix of historic architecture and state-of–the art facilities, the Mariinsky Theatre is renowned for being the grandest theatre in St Petersburg. Its brand new glass and limestone extension (measuring an impressive 80,000 sq ft), adds a touch of the contemporary to this elegant building, and is one of the largest, and most expensive, cultural projects in the world. The extraordinary original theatre (where Tchaikovsky premiered the Nutcracker in 1892) still stands and comes complete with glitzy gold interiors and sparkling crystal chandeliers. Home to the Kirov Ballet – now known as the Mariinsky Ballet Company – this is one of the best places to catch a performance of Sleeping Beauty or Swan Lake.

The Mikhailovsky Theatre

Built by Russian artist Alexander Brullov in 1833 and named after Grand Prince Mikhail, brother of Nicholas I, the Mikhailovsky Theatre is among the oldest opera and ballet houses in Russia. Now under the direction of Russian oligarch Vladimir Kekhman – who donated $40 million of his own money to save the theatre from bankruptcy in 2007 – this impressive, canary yellow building boasts some of the best classical ballet in St Petersburg.

Ballet in St Petersburg | Eifman Ballet © Eifman Ballet
Ballet in St Petersburg | Dance Open Ballet Festival 1 © Angela Sterling

Alexandrinsky Theatre

The oldest national theatre in Russia, the neoclassical yellow and white Alexandrinsky Theatre was completed back in 1832 by Italian architect Carlo Rossi. With over 1000 seats, the theatre was once among the largest in Europe and was used for a variety of drama, opera and ballet performances by the Imperial Theatre Companies. Today, the theatre is known more for drama than ballet, but is still worth a visit for its impressive architecture alone.

Eifman Ballet Company

Bored of ballet blockbusters? Those in search of contemporary ballet in St Petersburg will enjoy a visit to the Eifman Ballet. Founded by choreographer Boris Eifman (he prefers the term ‘philosopher choreographer’) in 1977, the company is renowned for its bold, dynamic and experimental ballet style. Translating famous works like Don Quixote and The Master and Margarita into acrobatic dance pieces, Eifman fuses contemporary dance with a classical soundtrack and minimalist stage design.


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