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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.

How to Celebrate New Year in Budapest

Here's how to celebrate in style   |   November 2018

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The best ways to usher in the New Year in Hungary’s capital

Fireworks over Budapest © iStock/Kaycco

For most, New Year’s Eve is a happy excuse pop a cork and celebrate with a vivid crescendo of fireworks illuminating the midnight sky. It’s no different in Budapest, where Szilveszter offers a wide range of celebrations to usher in a new chapter. However, the Hungarian capital also has its own traditions, making celebrations in the city a little more interesting. For example, it’s customary in Hungary to create as much noise as possible on New Year’s Eve to scare off demons, which makes for a very memorable party. There are quieter traditions, too, such as a gala dinner at the Danube Palace, or a cleansing soak in a thermal bath. Here are just a few of the ways to see in the New Year in beautiful Budapest.

Visit the thermal baths

Budapest is well-known for its outdoor thermal baths, which are heated to around 38°C for those brave enough to run the gauntlet from the changing rooms to the pool in winter. The Széchenyi Baths generally close at 6pm on 31st December and reopen at 10am on 1st January. Whether it’s a pre- or post-party soak, you’ll find a lovely convivial atmosphere here. On occasion, Széchenyi Baths does throw open its doors until 3am to celebrate the New Year, so be sure to check in advance if the city’s wildest pool party does appeal.

Stroll around the Christmas market

From 10am – 10pm, the charming Christmas Market by St Stephen’s Basilica serves a hearty variety of aromatic local food and dizzying mounds of candy alongside the customary steaming mugs of Glühwein. Enjoy a winter warmer while watching the spectacular laser show that dances across the basilica’s façade every half hour on New Year’s Eve between 4.30 – 8pm.

Celebrate at the Danube Palace

Each New Year, Budapest’s Danube Palace is host to a dazzling two-hour gala concert, which includes soaring classical pieces alongside traditional Hungarian folk music. It follows a sumptuous five-course dinner and is rounded off with a rollicking party that’s fuelled with Champagne into the early hours.

Friends Celebrating the New Year © iStock/martin_dm
Fireworks over the Hungarian Parliament © iStock/Olena_Znak

Marvel at the fireworks show

Most major cities celebrate New Year’s Eve with a fireworks display, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same, and the Budapest locals will argue that theirs is most definitely the best. Just before midnight on 31st December, stake out a spot on the banks of the Danube river and marvel at the spectrum of colour and light spilling out across the sky over the Hungarian Parliament and St Stephen’s Basilica.

Take a river cruise along the Danube

The Danube is the very lifeline of the Hungarian capital and separates the Buda and Pest districts which give the city its name. It’s a river that has inspired countless composers and poets for hundreds of years, so what better way is there to welcome in the New Year in Budapest than with an evening cruise along it? There are a number of companies which run cruises throughout the evening. Almost all include a delicious dinner, music, and some of the best spots to see the Hungarian Parliament, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, and, of course, that impressive firework display come midnight.

However you choose to ring in the New Year, you’ll be sure to have a night to remember in vibrant Budapest.


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