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BEST RATE GUARANTEE – GET YOUR FIRST NIGHT FREE


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:
bestrateguarantee.london@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.budapest@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.prague@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.stgeorges@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.palace@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.lisbon@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.stpetersburg@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.khartoum@corinthia.com
bestrateguarantee.tripoli@corinthia.com

First night free, 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.

In Search Of The Best Pastel De Nata In Lisbon

A city of sweet treats   |   June 2019

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Discover why the custard tarts in this city are like no other

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Portuguese egg tart © iStock/tupungato

Portuguese inventions are impressively eclectic. Many nod to the country’s intrepid spirit during the Age of Discovery, including nautical puzzles such as the mariner’s astrolabe and Bartolomeu de Gusmão’s rudimentary sail-propelled airship. The less scientifically-inclined will appreciate Portugal for its generous contribution to the breakfast table, in the form of marmalade, and to the drinks cabinet, with Port and Madeira. However, crowning this diverse array of offerings is, of course, Lisbon’s humble custard tart, aka the pastel de nata.

A clever, golden disk of crisp, flaky pastry filled with set custard and dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar, the pastel de nata is a perennial favourite across Portugal. It’s versatile, as ideal for breakfast as it is mid-morning, mid-afternoon or – for the devilish – as a midnight snack. It’s delicious, with most Portuguese matriarchs fiercely guarding a recipe that has been handed down through the generations. And it was invented in the capital, which means that, controversially, the best pastels de nata can be found in Lisbon.

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Baking pasteis de natas © iStock/ Mercedes Rancaño Otero
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Pastel de nata with coffee © iStock/ tataks

We have the Catholic church to thank for this particular treat. The earnest residents of Jerónimos Monastery in Belém used to starch their habits with egg white. Consequently, there was a surplus of egg yolks, which the frugal monks and nuns made into pastries. When the Liberal Revolution of 1820 threatened closure of the monastery, the monks started selling their pastels de nata at Lisbon’s sugar refinery to boost their income. It kept them afloat for another 14 years, but eventually the monastery was forced to close, and the recipe was entrusted to the owners of the refinery. Entrepreneurs at heart, they had realised the little pastries brought in a lucrative trade, and Pastéis de Belém was born. Recognisable for its original blue and white azulejo tiles, it’s the oldest pastel de nata café in Lisbon, and widely touted as the best in the city.

While Pastéis de Belém’s reputation is rightly deserved, and a visit is something of a Lisbon initiation (if you can stomach the queue), it’s not the only bakery that has perfected the art. Lisbon is peppered with tiny pastel de nata cafés, each drawing on grandmother’s secret recipe. Take Nata de Lisboa, for instance. This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it niche in Baixa is dedicated entirely to the desserts, which are served warm from the oven. Do as the locals do and secure a spot at the window bar—only room enough for two—to watch the ebb and flow of Lisbon’s tides drift past.

However, the best pastel de nata bakery in Lisbon is probably Manteigaria. This lively, down-to-earth, so-called ‘custard tart factory’ is a firm local favourite, not merely for the fact that it’s located in the trendy Time Out Market. Manteigaria sets itself apart from the rest by infusing its custard with cinnamon, which removes the ‘eggy’ edge. There’s another branch further up the hill towards Bairro Alto, where a hike is rewarded by a warm pastel de nata at the bar. If that’s too busy – it often is – get a box and take a perch at a miradouro for a nata with a view.

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