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BEST RATE GUARANTEE – GET YOUR FIRST NIGHT FREE


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:
bestrateguarantee.london@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.budapest@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.prague@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.stgeorges@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.palace@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.lisbon@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.stpetersburg@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.khartoum@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.tripoli@corinthia.com

First night free, 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.

Beyond Budapest: A Festive Szentendre Tour

This picturesque village is packed with holiday spirit come winter   |   June 2014

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Just a short ride from Budapest, this traditional village packs plenty of festive charm. Plan the perfect Szentendre tour with this essential guide

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Szentendre Tour | Szentendre landscape © pipoka/iStock

Sitting at the foot of the Pilis Hill on the Danube, the village of Szentendre is an ideal excursion for those staying in Budapest. A day-long Szentendre tour is the best way to get a feel for a village renowned for its well-preserved buildings and numerous galleries and museums. A hugely popular destination during the summer months, it’s during winter, when the nights draw in and the scent of cinnamon hangs in the air, that Szentendre really comes into its own. From the Marzipan Museum to the Szentendre Christmas Market, this is the essential itinerary for day trippers looking for a little old world charm to go with their mug of forralt bor.

How to Get from Budapest to Szentendre

Begin your Szentendre tour by taking the HEV train from Batthyany ter. Trains are frequent and take approximately 40 minutes. Don’t forget to purchase a Szentendre ticket as it’s beyond the Budapest zone – meaning travel cards won’t cut it. Alternatively, buses from Budapest to Szentendre leave from the Újpest-Városkapu metro station and take 30 minutes, or you can follow Route 11 if you’re going by car. The walk from Szentendre station into the centre of town takes five minutes.

Discover Szentendre’s unusual museums

Despite its small size, Szentendre is home to a number of specialist museums, meaning you’ll find plenty to entertain the most curious of minds. Begin with the Szabó-Samos Marzipan Museum, where intricate models ranging from Hungarian historical figures to the cast of Sesame Street are rendered in the traditional confectionary. With your taste buds suitably stimulated, head to the café next door to sample some for yourself. Equally intriguing is the Mikro Csodak Museum, a small museum hidden away on one of the many narrow cobbled streets. It’s not just the museum that’s bijou: the space contains a collection of microscopic artworks – including a chessboard on the head of a needle – by Ukrainian artist Mikola Szjadrisztij.

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Szentendre Tour | Gift Shopping 4 © János Korom Dr./Flickr
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Szentendre Tour | Gift Shopping 1 © Miklós/Flickr

Explore Hungary’s art history

With numerous small galleries cropping up on every street corner, it makes sense that Szentendre offers two excellent opportunities to explore the country’s art history. Firstly, the Margit Kovacs Ceramic Museum explores the work of one of Szentendre’s most famous former residents. Kovacs’ striking work in pottery frequently explores biblical themes, mortality and family life while referencing Hungary’s folk art tradition. The collection, housed in a baroque merchant house, offers an engaging overview of her career. A bit further from the town centre, the Ferenczy Museum focuses on the work of Hungarian post-impressionist Károly Ferenczy, best known for being part of the Nagybánya School of Painting.

Go shopping for traditional gifts

The volume of visitors to Szentendre has meant that there’s no shortage of souvenir shops lining the cobbled streets. With many of these selling traditional Hungarian products such as leather goods and wooden ornaments cheaper than in Budapest, it’s worth indulging in some quality retail therapy. The excellent Blue Land Folklor shop is an excellent choice for those looking to spend their forints on folk art and traditional Hungarian handicrafts, but for edible treats, the Marzipan Museum’s adjoining shop does an excellent line in gift-friendly confections.

Wander the Szentendre Christmas Market (Adventtől Vízkeresztig Szentendrén)

No tour of Szentendre would be complete without a stroll around the Advent Market. Each year the village comes alive with the scent of cinnamon and gingerbread as row upon row of stalls sets up shop on the main thoroughfare. Considering the modest size of the city, this market punches well above its weight; joining the vendors selling traditional gifts, including glass and wood Christmas decorations, is a programme of events taking in craft workshops, wine tasting and Christmas concerts. All washed down with a warming mug of mulled wine – or forralt bor, as it’s called here. What better way to finish your Szentendre tour and fortify yourself for the journey home.

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