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 Corinthia.com.
Process for making a claim:
Step 1. If within 24 hours of a confirmed reservation with Corinthia Hotels made on Corinthia.com, 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 nightfree, match rate for rest of stay, no minimum nights
Terms and Conditions:
Corinthia Hotels guarantees the best online rate on corinthia.com based on the following terms and conditions:
1. Your original booking must have been made through corinthia.com.
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.com, 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 corinthia.com 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 corinthia.com, the Competing Rate will be converted into the same currency as the rate offered on our website using the exchange rate as published in www.xe.com 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.
Discover the traces of Communist Prague hidden in plain sight on a historical tour of the Czech capital
In Prague, Communism may have been the law of the land for nigh-on 40 years, but go for a wander around the city today and, well, you’d hardly know it. Since the Velvet Revolution in 1989, most vestiges of Communist Prague have been scrubbed away. But do a bit of digging and you’ll find some fascinating evidence of the era hiding in plain sight. From Cold War nuclear bunkers to the Museum of Communism, memorials in Wenceslas Square to Communist architecture that would make a design student wince, there’s plenty for the amateur investigator to uncover.
Today, Wenceslas Square is associated with old-world architecture and bustling urbanity, but this historic plaza is also an ideal starting point for those looking to learn more about Communist Prague. For one thing, it’s been a frequent host to revolution: in 1968, Prague Spring protesters flooded the square during the Russian invasion, while the 1989 Velvet Revolution saw hundreds of thousands of locals flock here once again.
Wenceslas Square is also a site of considerable emotional significance. In 1969, students Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc committed self-immolation here in political protest. Today, a memorial to both can be found steps from the National Museum, while the square is also home to another monument to the victims of Communism.
From Wenceslas Square, it isn’t far to go to the Museum of Communism. Established in 2001, the institution is petite but packed full of fascinating Communist-era memorabilia, from propaganda posters to a reconstructed classroom. Organised in three rather dramatically titled sections – The Dream, The Reality, The Nightmare – the museum also has some intriguing film footage on hand, which allows for a truly immersive experience.
Black and white footage not quite enough to fully bring the past alive? Step foot into the Nuclear Bunker Museum, which is situated within a Cold War-era bunker, one of several constructed in the city. From within the creepy confines of the gloomy space, visitors can discover gasmasks, army gear, period newspapers and other fascinating exhibits.
Even during the most oppressive periods of Communist rule, Prague’s artists and students helped keep the spirit of revolution in Prague alive. Národni Street is famous for its creative history – a major artery in the centre of the city, it was host to cafes and bars where intellectuals gathered. Keep a careful eye out for the bronze plaque commemorating the Velvet Revolution, which consists of hands posed in the V for Victory sign, near to the National Theatre. It was here that student gatherings helped kick off the movement that ended Communist rule.
Though many Communist-era statues and monuments have been melted down or otherwise removed from Prague, a few lone holdouts are still standing. The striking former mausoleum of Klement Gottwald is one of the survivors, and it certainly makes an impression: the first Czechoslovak Communist president, Gottwald was initially interred here before being moved to the Olšany Cemetery. Though the structure is now part of the National Memorial on Vitkov Hill, its history – and those views – makes it a must-visit.
Prague may not have the classic Soviet bloc look that so many ex-Iron Curtain cities do, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t boxy, Communist architecture to be found here. In fact, one unmistakable structure from Communist Prague is the former Parliament Building, perched at the top of Wenceslas Square; the building is now managed by the National Museum, and tourists are welcome inside. Prague’s subway system, while now renowned for its design, is also a remnant of the era, with many being used as bomb shelters in the past. Other constructions to look out for include the Žižkov Television Tower (complete with crawling babies) and the Kotva Department Store in the Old Town.