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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.

The Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in St Petersburg

Make the most of the cold weather with an ice skating adventure   |   October 2018

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Experience the magic of winter in St Petersburg with a spin around one of the city’s best outdoor ice skating rinks

Ice Skating St Petersburg | Skates © iStock/Pillin_Petunyia

The erstwhile Russian capital really comes into its own at winter. Its snow-powdered Baroque spires are the stuff of fairy tales, the Neva River is transformed by brilliant swathes of ice and the city’s many parks are muffled beneath sparkling white throws, making this a very good time to wrap up warm and head outdoors. Enjoy winter as the locals do by gliding out across St Petersburg’s al-fresco ice-skating rinks. With most places hiring out skates and a refreshingly broad range of ages and capabilities braving the sport, it’s a very enjoyable way to take in the city’s scenic wintry landscapes.

New Holland

The artificial wedge-shaped island of New Holland was originally constructed in the 18th century, and still bears fascinating marks of history despite a more recent commercial facelift. Now home to parks, boutique shops and trendy cafés, come winter, its main attraction is a 2,000m2 sprawl of prime skating surface. The rink’s surface is cleaned every hour, making this a winning contender for the best skate in St Petersburg. Need a break? Nose out some hot spiced wine or steaming coffee in the nearby Christmas Market.

Moskovsky Victory Park

In the south of St Petersburg, Moskovsky Victory Park comprises 68 hectares of pristine lakes, tended gardens and pretty woodlands, scattered with monuments and sculptures to commemorate the heroes of World War II. Once winter settles in, the park’s tennis court arena is transformed into a picturesque family-friendly skating rink. Families and groups descend on its brilliant white surface over the weekends, usually with dizzying levels of figure-skating expertise.


Ice Skating St Petersburg | Elagin Island © iStock/skymoon13
Ice Skating St Petersburg | Frozen lake © iStock/Andrey Danilovich

Laplandia Park

The best ice-skating rink in St Petersburg for younger, less confident skaters is at Laplandia Park. The dimensions here are much less intimidating than other outdoor rinks and it tends to be comparatively quieter. For a break from the rink, there is a friendly trio of reindeer at the park offering alternative entertainment for children.

Kirov Central Park

Apart from being blessed with extraordinary natural beauty a stone’s throw from the bustling metropolis of St Petersburg, Kirov Central Park on Yelagin Island is infused with festive spirit come winter. Dustings of snow cover the forests and there’s an enormous twinkling Christmas tree towering above the main skating rink. For those who prefer something a little more off-piste, hire some skis or a sled. While the slopes here are no Sochi, they offer gentle runs through some very pretty environs.

Udelny Park

This pristine 4,000m2 ice rink is where Russia’s Olympic speed skating champions train. Don’t let that put you off, though. When not in use by the professionals, Udelny Park is open to the public. As one of St Petersburg’s largest ice-skating rinks, it’s understandably very popular and on weekends it fills up with keen skating enthusiasts. But during weekdays, the peace of this place is palpable, and it offers a prime opportunity for less nimble skaters to practice their figure of eights.


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