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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.

Five Colourful Festas in Malta

Experience a local Maltese tradition   |   June 2017

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Malta is a nation that knows how to party. Take a look at our five favourite festas in Malta to attend on your next trip

Festas in Malta | St Pauls Feast 4 ©

One part religious festival, one part riotous street party, and one part fireworks show: Festas in Malta are among the most traditional – and certainly the most colourful – celebrations on the archipelago.

There are a few things to anticipate when attending one of your first festas in Malta. Begin by banking on swollen crowds, all done up in their festive best. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to sample qubbajt (Maltese nougat) or mqaret (fried date cakes) – both of which are among the staple treats at such occasions. Then there are the banners and papier maché statues, the performers and the fireworks displays, the processions and the dancing, all of which contribute to an unabashed carnival atmosphere. You can count on frequent festas, too. From around April until September, a new street party seems to spring up at least once a week, as these events don’t just coincide with the biggest Christian holidays. Instead, festas in Malta celebrate a number of national holidays and holy days, and even the smallest of villages will take to the streets to honour their particular patron saints, such as the Feast of St Joseph. But it’s not all about saints, there’s the festa to celebrate St Paul’s Shipwreck and the Vitorja to celebrate numerous victories. Not a local? Fear not: Maltese hospitality means that all are invited to join the party… even if you haven’t yet mastered the difference between St. Paul and St. Publius.

The Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck

Kicking off the festa season is the Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck, a national holiday in Malta held on 10th February. According to local lore, St. Paul famously landed by accident in Malta in the first century, and today his nautical error is celebrated by all manner of jubilant activities. Make your way to Valletta for marching bands, piles of confetti and fireworks over a photogenic skyline.

The Feast of St. Joseph

Another festa that takes place early in the year, the Feast of St. Joseph (or Jum San Ġużepp, as it’s known locally), is held annually on 19th March. Though it ranks among the most popular festas in Malta, the principle celebrations are held in historic Rabat, where churches are strewn with colourful lights, statues are paraded and picnics are enjoyed.

Festas in Malta | St Josephs Feast 4 ©
Festas in Malta | Fireworks 1© Chalee_Mifsud


A centuries-old feast day in celebration of St. Peter and St. Paul, Mnarja is reputed to have Ancient Roman origins. Held on 29th June, the early summer holiday is primarily celebrated in Mdina and Rabat. Horse racing keeps things animated, while għana (Maltese folk music) provides the accompaniment and an agricultural market shows off the local bounty. Rabbit is also traditionally eaten on Mnarja, making this the ideal time to sample one of Malta’s traditional plates. Sorry about that, Thumper.

Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady

The title of Malta’s top partiers may well go to the people of Mqabba, a village that takes Mary as its patron saint. Though the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady is ostensibly held on 15th August, in this southern village the celebrations kick off from the end of July onwards. Still not sated? Six other Maltese villages – including Mosta, Qrendi, and Victoria – are also known for their celebrations of this particular festa.


Il-Vitorja, or Victory Day, sees four different holidays crammed into one. Held each year on 8th September, Victory Day marks the end of the Great Siege of 1565. And the end of French armed occupation in 1800. Oh, and the Italian armistice in 1943. Expect military parades and regattas in the morning, with the added bonus of the il-Bambina festa in the evening, which celebrates the nativity of Mary.

Haven’t yet reached your festa peak? You surely will by season’s end, considering the sheer plenitude of holidays (no one will ever question the Maltese predilection for celebration). The 2015 festas in Malta schedule can be found here, for those looking to book out their diaries early. Now, start practicing: Il-festa t-tajba!


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