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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.

Fabergé History: A Jewellery Lover’s Guide to St Petersburg

The jewels of the Tsars   |   June 2017

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Discover the most extravagant Easter tradition that became the most flamboyant memento mori of a fallen empire

Faberge History | © Fabergé Museum

All it took was a single Easter egg for Fabergé to win the hearts (and wallets) of the Russian royal family. But this was no ordinary, rainbow-coloured number. Commissioned in 1885 by Tsar Alexander III as a gift for his wife, the egg opened to reveal a brilliant, gilded yolk, within which was hidden a tiny, perfect hen and a ruby pendant.

From the birth of this little chick came a new annual tradition: every Easter, Fabergé created for the royal family an opulent, jewel-encrusted masterwork with its own hidden surprise. This most extravagant of Easter traditions continued right up until 1917, when the Russian Revolution unseated the royal family, closed the Fabergé workshops, and made ornamental eggs a no-go.

But despite difficulties with violent coups, Fabergé history is deeply entwined with the imperial city of St. Petersburg. It was here that Gustav Fabergé (of French Huguenot origins) arrived in the 1830s, and where the jewellery making magic began. A master goldsmith himself, Gustav founded the House of Fabergé in 1842 in a basement on Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa, just a short stumble from the Winter Palace.

While Gustav was the man who made Fabergé history, it was his son, Carl, who first dreamed up the egg. Abroad for training, Carl returned to St. Petersburg in 1872, and within a few short years the headquarters had moved to a new, swanky location down the road, which is still standing today. The House of Fabergé’s reputation was on the rise, and with their penchant for all things sparkly, it quickly gained the attention and admiration of the Russian court.

Faberge History | Fabergé Storefront © Fabergé

All told, the House of Fabergé produced 50 imperial eggs, as well as many more glittering pieces, which were the frosting of choice for the wealthy St. Petersburg elite. After the chaos of the Russian Revolution, seven of the eggs were lost to history, while the rest were sold or otherwise scattered around the world. But today, visitors to St. Petersburg can now see nine of these incredibly rare eggs in person (as well as a selection of non-imperial Fabergé eggs), at the newly opened Fabergé Museum.

Credit for collecting the objects is due in part to American magnate Malcolm Forbes, who gathered an impressive number over the course of his lifelong egg hunt. After his death, they were sold in turn to Russian billionaire Viktor Vekeselberg, who unveiled the collection at the Fabergé Museum in late 2013.


Faberge History | Fabergé Egg © Fabergé Museum

Hidden within the recently refurbished Shuvalov Palace, the museum displays the original Hen Egg that launched the extravagant Easter tradition and a number of others, alongside a further 4,000 pieces, including paintings, jewellery, objets de fantaisie, and works by other court jewellers. It’s not, shall we say, discreet.

Fabergé made 50 eggs over four decades of the most turbulent times for the Russian Empire. But these luxurious and magnificent jewels remained untouched by these historical events. Today, the remaining 42 Fabergé Easter Eggs are beautiful memento mori of a fallen empire, nine of which are reason alone to visit the new Fabergé museum in St Peterburg, their homeland.

Faberge History | Tiara © Ed T/Flickr


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