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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

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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.

Farsang: The Budapest Carnival Season

How to make the most of this colourful tradition   |   January 2019

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Known locally as “farsang,” the Budapest Carnival is colourful, festive… and frequently bizarre

Budapest Carnival Busos-2

Who doesn’t love a good excuse for a party? Like many other carnivals around the world (Rio Carnival, New Orleans Mardi Gras) the Budapest Carnival season is an almighty blow out before the austerity of Lent begins, giving us 40 days to reflect on our excesses and nurse our hangovers. Well, for those who observe Lent at least.
In Hungary things are done a little differently. The Budapest Carnival season, known locally as Farsang, starts just after Epiphany and is an almost endless series of masquerades and balls, coupled with the noisy warding off of spirits, winter, Turks or any combination of the above. By the time Ash Wednesday comes around the Hungarians are exhausted, fatter, and ready to sit quietly in the corner until Easter arrives.
The traditions in place have been nurtured and followed for centuries, and while they often have the same religious roots, the bizarre adaptations mean each of them has a life of their own. The Budapest Carnival season is a festival of life, colour and joviality to be enjoyed by all, regardless of religious belief. For many, it has become more than a social event, with traditional events like Busójárás expressing the country’s roots and culture, while bidding farewell to winter and heartily welcoming the arrival of spring.

Mangalica Festival Budapest

In 2019, this festival will take place 8-10 February, and it’s a gastronomical delight, celebrating the Hungarian breed of pig, the mangalica. It is thought this meat is healthier and tastier than regular pork and you’ll be able to sample it for yourself at this special festival. Alongside the delicious sausages, there will be other food and beverage offers to excite your palette. And the even better news is that entry is free.

International Circus Festival

The first important event of the Budapest Carnival Season is the International Circus Festival, which happens on alternate years, and sees performers from all over the country come together for a show that celebrates everything from the sublime to the ridiculous – gymnasts and fire eaters to stilt walkers and clowns.

Drinks © MarianVejcik
Cityscape 2 © Andriy Kravchenko

Busójárás in Mohács

One of the main elements of the Budapest Carnival season is known as Busójárás, which takes place in the town of Mohács, on the banks of the Danube River. Here the traditionally Croat population dress up as “Busós” in large, somewhat terrifying masks with horns and oversized teeth, teamed with a sheepskin costume covering the body from head to toe.

It’s believed that in the 17th Century, villagers dressed up as Busós to scare away the invading Turkish forces. Today, the custom is still continued as a celebration of that triumph, and tradition dictates that it is the Busós who are tasked with providing the villagers with a ‘wake-up call’ after the arduous winter period.

A noisy parade through the city begins with 500-odd Busós arriving in rowboats on the Danube River, as huge feasts, balls, parties, fireworks and bonfires signal the start of the celebrations.

As with all carnivals, music plays an important role during the event – and although Hungarian folk music is often written in slower, more sombre tones, Carnival brings out a faster, more upbeat take on traditional tunes, whipping the crowds and revellers up into an ecstatic frenzy…or at least that’s the plan.

Masked Balls

Although Busójárás is the main event, and the one that’s recognised around the world, there are a lot of other smaller events, festivals and masked balls that happen throughout Budapest Carnival season. Every year the Museum of Fine Arts hold a costume ball for the good and the great of Hungary, where intrigue and decorum get lost behind ornate masks.

Fat Thursday

The day after Ash Wednesday has become known as Fat Thursday, where the restaurants of Budapest throw open their doors for one final celebration of food and wine before the fasting commences. One of the best-loved local delicacies is the Carnival Doughnut, which serves the dual purpose of feeding the energetic hordes while staving off alcoholic oblivion with a little stodge.

Whether you call it Fasching (German), Carnevale (Italian) or just plain old Carnival, Budapest’s Farsang offers its own special take on these universal traditions. With a few unexpected surprises thrown in.


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