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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.

Where to See Opera in St Petersburg

The must-visit venues in the city   |   June 2017

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Discover a true Russian art with this guide to opera in St Petersburg

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Opera in St Petersburg | Performance of Eugene Onegin © Natasha Razina/State

Who could come to Russia and miss out on seeing some opera? Emotional, powerful and incredibly beautiful, opera has been an integral part of Russian culture since the 18th century. Originally introduced by the Italians, opera found an immediate fan in Russia’s Empress Anna Ioannovna. Empress Anna hosted the first Russian opera, Cepahlus and Prokris, while Empress Elizabeth had La Clemenza di Tito performed at her coronation. After being confined to the privacy of the royal palaces for many years, public theatres slowly began to open, allowing people outside the court to enjoy this new entertainment. Since then, St Petersburg’s opera scene has flourished. From the ancient Alexandrinsky Theatre to the impressive Mikhailovsky Theatre and the renowned St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company, these are some of the best places to enjoy opera in St Petersburg.

Mariinsky Theatre

Widely considered the most impressive theatre in St Petersburg, Mariinksy Theatre still occupies its original building (where Tchaikovsky premiered the Nutcracker in 1892), though it has been updated with glitzy gold interiors and sparkling crystal chandeliers. The theatre has showcased some of the greatest operas in the world and opera buffs can still catch performances of internationally acclaimed productions such as Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Otello, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Eugene Onegin. The theatre also regularly showcases fresh new productions. Season premieres coming up in autumn and winter 2016 include A Christmas Tale, Hansel und Gretel, The Idiot, The Oprichnik and Simon Boccanegra. Mariinsky Theatre is also one of the primary hosts of the famous Stars of the White Nights festival, which takes place over three months every summer.

Mikhailovsky Theatre

The Mikhailovsky Theatre is one of the oldest opera and ballet houses in Russia. Built by Russian artist Alexander Brullov in 1833 and named after Grand Prince Mikhail, it was originally a space where French and Russian talents could perform together. Nowadays, the impressive yellow building offers some of the best opera in St Petersburg. Like Mariinsky Theatre, opera enthusiasts can enjoy performances of many famous international shows here, such as Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Verdi’s La Traviata, but while its famous neighbour focuses predominantly on the classics, Mikhailovsky Theatre also stages a mix of modern performances spanning opera, ballet and drama.

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Opera in St Petersburg | Ceiling of Mariinsky Theatre © Danila Shklyar/Marrinsky Theatre
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Opera in St Petersburg | Orchestra © iStock/cyano66

Mariinsky II

Located adjacent to the world-famous Marrinsky Theatre, Mariinsky II is a new theatre dedicated to opera, ballet and symphonic music. Bringing the Mariinsky name into the 21st century, Mariinsky II appeals to a contemporary audience with performances deemed too modern for its more traditional neighbour. The state-of-the-art theatre, which opened in 2013, presents a wide variety of acts across various genres, including operas by some of the world’s acclaimed opera companies. While the auditorium is modern in design, it’s set out to replicate the horseshoe shape of 18th and 19th century opera houses, providing visitors with ideal acoustics and sight lines wherever they’re seated. As well as memorable performances, visitors can enjoy some of the best views of St Petersburg from the building’s rooftop terrace, which is open during summer.

St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company

The St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company was established in 1987 as a “creative laboratory” for local talents. In 1998, the company went from performing at locations around the city to its own venue, the restored mansion of Baron von Derviz – a beautiful space where world-leading talents such as Russian opera singer Fyodor Chaliapin and American dancer Isadora Duncan once performed. Led by Olga Vorobyova, the company has a score of talented singers, as well as an orchestra and chorus. Visitors can enjoy magical performances by the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company several times a week.

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