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.
Talented artist Kane Cali lives and works in Valletta and is known for his innovative glassmaking techniques
Maltese born Kane Cali is blazing a trail in modern glassmaking. Having trained in the UK and lived in London for several years, the artist now lives and works in Valletta. Following his acclaimed solo exhibition in there last year, Cali talks to us about incorporating new technologies into traditional glassmaking practices, where he finds inspiration on the island, and his favourite local haunts.
Can you tell us a bit about what it was like growing up in Malta?
Malta is a very small island, so small you can see the whole of the ‘rock’ from a plane. Its size though, I feel, is what makes it so special. Island life asks you to build a relationship with the sea, its people and most importantly, light. There is a quality of light here that has stuck with me to the point of returning after nine years of living in the UK. As a child, I would often spend my summers at the beach or at friends’ houses swimming and cooking together. I also distinctly remember getting lost in fields, mostly farming land, where we would find a tree and camp out underneath; these were simple luxuries that gave a euphoric sense of freedom that’s so hard to find in adult life.
Do you remember the first time you saw glassmaking in action?
I would like to say that it was in Malta at Mdina glass blowing, however this memory is vague and not necessarily significant. I truly felt glass in action when visiting the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. I distinctly remember feeling the heat as I walked into the hot shop, the molten glass as it emerged out of the furnace spinning on a rod; it was ridiculously dangerous, and I loved it.
What made you want to pursue a career in ceramics and glassmaking?
I initially moved to the UK to read for a degree in 3D Character Animation in 2004. Though exciting and new, I soon realised (two years into the degree) that I needed more than computing power and simulations to drive my creative interests. I knew I wanted my hands to somehow get involved in a more tangible manner, one that witnessed, expressed and experienced material. Long story short, I packed up and found a course that did just that. This then lead me to UCA in Farnham, where the foundation of my understanding in glass and ceramics took place, and later, the Royal College of Art, where my views and network expanded. Throughout both my BA and MA, an experimentation and dialogue with the virtual and the real remained present within my work, culminating in what I have and still produce to this day.
How do you go about respecting Malta’s long-established history of glassmaking and ceramics whilst also exploring your own creativity?
The thing is, Malta’s heritage in glassmaking/ceramics and my work actually have very little in common. Interestingly enough there are two paths one can choose to go down when working with glass, glass blowing and glass casting. I’m mainly involved in glass casting, which means I follow a very similar process seen in bronze foundries—a process known as lost wax casting. Due to this and my involvement with more contemporary means of making through 3D scanning and 3D printing, I only ever cross paths with traditional techniques when mould making. I believe it’s more a case of respecting the extended notion of the word ‘technology’ and moving forward with a mindset that understands that the traditional is not there to be replaced but used alongside ‘new’ technologies.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Apart from the obvious large commissions and public recognition brought on through successful solo shows, I feel that the most rewarding moments so far came through meeting new people; ones that have intrigued and broadened my understanding of art and the art world.
Where do you go in Malta if you’re in need of inspiration?
A trip to Dingli cliffs is a ritual for me. The sheer expanse of an endless sea always sets the tone—that and Max Richter playing in the background. I do occasionally sit down for a coffee and people watch; the diversity of mannerisms and conversations that go on around me I find strangely stimulating.
Describe your perfect day in Malta?
North-westerly winds, the temperatures just gone above 24 degrees. I meet friends for breakfast at a local café, followed by lunch at the Harbour Club overlooking the grand harbour. A spritz or five later and a walk within the capital city Valletta is in order. The day comes to an end with pizza on a rooftop. Bliss!
Can you share some local secrets with us that you think visitors should know about?
Malta is full of hidden gems and the best way to find out about these is through chatting with the locals! I personally spend most of my time in the capital, this baroque city built by the Knights of Saint John, as it’s naturally rich in culture. There’s St John’s Co-Cathedral with its deceivingly plain façade but, on entering, visitors will notice that the interior is laced in gold and marble. My friends and I often refer to it as a Faberge egg. More recently, Valletta has become more vibrant with new restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries. I always believe it’s the small places that count. I recommend Lot 61 for coffee, Sicilia Bar for a great plate of pasta in the sun, Blitz for art exhibitions and events and 59 Republic for dinner with flair.