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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.

A Guide to the Stars of the White Nights Festival 2017

The Mariinsky theatre's yearly highlight   |   June 2017

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Delve deeper into the cultural feast that is Stars of the White Nights at the Mariinsky Theatre

White Nights Festival 2017 | White Nights Ballet © Visit Petersburg

Famous as Russia’s Window on the West, in summer St Petersburg is renowned for being light, even at night. A remarkable phenomenon that’s attributable to its high altitude and location on the same latitude as Oslo, locals and visitors from all over the world celebrate the season’s sleepless days with an annual arts festival called the White Nights (Beliye Nochi).

While the first thing that springs to mind when Russia is mentioned might be big fur hats, snow-brushed onion domes and frosty pines, St Petersburg in summer defies all the wintry clichés with a rather balmy climate, due to its position just off the Gulf of Finland. Full of opulent palaces, cocktail parties and fireworks displays, at the centre of the White Nights lies a programme that includes all the art, music, opera, ballet and film one could possibly handle.

Kicking off festivities is the Stars of the White Nights performance. Always held at the Mariinsky theatre and often sold out weeks, even months, in advance, this mixture of world-class ballet (dancers like Ulyana Lopatkina and Diana Vishneva have performed here) and opera sets the scene for the Peterhof Palace show. Also popular are the Peterhof period-costumed actors, who re-enact some of Russia’s most important historical episodes, drawing big crowds in the process.

2017 promises to win acclaim with a Stars of the White Nights programme that features over 160 shows. These include the premiere of the opera Adriana Lecouvreur (featuring Anna Netrebco), the St Petersburg premiere of the Chess King opera by Alexander Tchaikovsky as well as performances dedicated to the anniversaries of Igor Stravinsky and Radion Shchedrin.

White Nights Festival 2017 | Stars of White Nights © Visit Petersburg

First conceived by Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Theatre’s Artistic and General Director, in 1993, the Stars of the White Nights is intended to be a “musical gift” to St Petersburg from one of its favourite venues. Home of Russian ballet and opera since the mid-19th century, visiting the Mariinsky (with its glitzy chandeliers, putti and miles of gold-leaf), would be a treat on any occasion, but it is especially so during the city’s biggest festival – now in its 25th year.

Never-ending days also mean endless supplies of ice-cream and watermelon at pop-up stalls all over St Petersburg. So, when all the ballet, opera and zhizni radost (Russia’s joie de vivre) has left one exhausted, refuel on pierogi or fresh breads at the hole-in-the-wall cafés, or perhaps wander down to the beach, where revellers often build barbecues laden with scrumptious shashlik (shish kebab) or bitok (Russian schnitzel). Just don’t be surprised if anybody offers to put jam in your tea – they’re not confused, it’s a Russian tradition!

White Nights Festival 2017 | The Bronze Horseman © Visit Petersburg


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