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 Corinthia.com.
Process for making a claim:
Step 1. If within 24 hours of a confirmed reservation with Corinthia Hotels made on Corinthia.com, 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 nightfree, match rate for rest of stay, no minimum nights
Terms and Conditions:
Corinthia Hotels guarantees the best online rate on corinthia.com based on the following terms and conditions:
1. Your original booking must have been made through corinthia.com.
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.com, 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 corinthia.com 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 corinthia.com, the Competing Rate will be converted into the same currency as the rate offered on our website using the exchange rate as published in www.xe.com 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.
Hungarian artist Gábor Miklós Szőke takes us on a tour of his favourite neighbourhoods in Budapest
Budapest-born artist Gábor Miklós Szőke’s eye-catching, supersized sculptures and installations can now be spotted all over the city. Inspired by animals and a touch of magic and fantasy, Szőke’s works pay homage to their various locations around the Hungarian capital, while also adding a touch of modern artistic flair to each locale. Here, he talks about his favourite neighbourhoods in his hometown and the local sites that inspire him.
How did you first become interested in art?
I became interested in art when I was about four or five years old. I loved to doodle, to draw and to take objects apart and put them back together again. When I was eight, I started going to a creative workshop for children held at the Buda Castle, where we learnt to draw and get acquainted with different techniques and media both individually and in groups. It was very exciting, enjoyable and inspiring for me at the time to continually create something new. This was a defining moment for me as an artist, not only because of the workshop, but also because of the venue. Home to the Hungarian National Gallery, I spent a lot of time there both before and after the workshop admiring the pieces in the permanent exhibition.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on several projects at the same time, as usual. The largest part of my work is my public sculptures and, right now, I’m making a permanent public sculpture in the Buda Castle. I’m using bronze for the first time to create a sculpture of the Greek goddess Athena, constructed from several thousand individually welded bronze discs. In addition to my public sculptures, I also design furniture inspired by my late Doberman, Dante, who is the central figure of my private mythology, the Dante Empire. Furthermore, I’m also organising a special event called Dante XXI in October with my team, the official debut of Gabor M Szoke Studio, which is located on the site of the former Manfréd Weiss Steel and Metal Works in the 21st district of Budapest.
You’re well known for the enormous scale of your sculptures. How do you go about creating pieces this size?
First I have a look at the location and its surroundings and I think about what would fit. I assess the physical and cultural context of the sculpture, the architectural and natural environment and the people. Then I start trying out different concepts, first in thought and then on paper, selecting the best and elaborating on them. After I have finished a couple of designs, the 3D modelling of these is done, so the client and I can agree on the final design. Next comes the actual physical realization of the sculpture. This starts with the static and production plans, and then my team and I start constructing the sculpture at my studio. The final stages are lighting design, licensing tasks, the on-site installation, the hoisting and the inauguration of the sculpture.
Where in Budapest is home for you?
I was born in Budapest and this is the city where I feel most at home. I’m a downtown kid, I have lived on Madách square in the 7th district since I was born and I’ve witnessed the continuous evolution of this place first-hand. I’m fond of the 5th district too, as it’s where I went to primary school, and where my parents worked. But I also like the outer parts—Csepel for example, where my studio is. The long-forgotten past of this place inspires me; I see a lot of potential and opportunities in it. It is developing dynamically and I feel completely at home here.
How would you spend a perfect day in the city?
I would wake up downtown, have a coffee, and drive to the studio. We go along the quay of the Danube with the beautiful Budapest cityscape in the background and we get to Csepel Works, where my team is busy working. In the afternoon, I would go for a run on Margit Island, or canoeing on the Danube in Csepel or just for a walk. Then I would go to the theatre or the cinema downtown and finally, if there is still time, I would have dinner or a drink at one of the many great restaurants and bars in the 7th and 5th districts. For example, I like Black Swan, Bestia and Lakatos Műhely at the Hold Street Market Hall.
Where do you like to take friends that are visiting from out of town?
I like to show them the historic sights of Budapest such as Heroes’ Square, the Parliament, the Danube quay and the Castle. Budapest also has some beautiful modern buildings, like the Palace of Arts, the Kopaszi dam, and the Groupama Arena football stadium, which is very close to my heart because my first stainless steel sculpture, the FTC Eagle, is located by the main entrance.
Do you have any local secrets that you’d be willing to share with us?
My secret place is definitely my studio, located in the former Manfréd Weiss Steel and Metal Works, which was the biggest industrial centre in Central Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. Most of the original buildings are still here, some run-down, some renovated. My studio is a complex of 100-year-old buildings and I’m striving to restore their lost glory in my own style. There is a tasteful contrast between present-day aesthetics and the historic industrial buildings. This is a secret place, because it has never been open to the public until this October. Today, this place is called Csepel and, as it’s very close to the Danube, there are fantastic views of the industrial docks, the cranes and the enormous ships passing by.