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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.

The Star-Studded Alumni of St Petersburg Conservatory

World-famous scholars from this iconic institution   |   January 2019

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From Tchaikovsky to Prokofiev, discover the alma mater of the world’s most prestigious musicians

Opera © iStock/sebastian-julian

As Russia’s capital of culture, St Petersburg’s theatres and music halls are guaranteed to impress with spectacular ballets, dazzling operas and world-class concerts. But it’s not only in classical entertainment that the city excels. This Russian metropolis is also home to the St Petersburg Conservatory, a music school that has produced countless international stars.

A glance at the alumni of the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg Conservatory leaves little doubt that this 157-year-old establishment has been integral in shaping the landscape of classical music. The school is at least partly responsible for beloved favourites such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, not to mention scores of much-loved symphonies and concertos.

Occupying the site of the former Bolshoi Theatre on the grand Theatre Square, St Petersburg Conservatory is an aptly imposing tribute to the talent it has nurtured. Visit the Opera and Ballet Theatre to enjoy an inspired programme of productions, showcasing the conservatory’s extraordinary talent, with exquisite performances and stunning costumes. Here’s an overview of some of the greats that have blossomed under the guidance of St Petersburg Conservatory.

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

Thank the inexhaustible talents of Russia’s first great symphonist for melodic scores such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. The legendary Tchaikovsky was one of St Petersburg Conservatory’s initial students and graduated with a silver medal in 1865, three years after the school opened. There was little promise of a musical career in Russia during Tchaikovsky’s youth and so, despite being musically inclined and excelling at piano from the age of five, he had initially trained as a civil servant. As soon as the conservatory opened, he enrolled, aged 21… and the rest is history.

Clara Rockmore

Notable in St Petersburg Conservatory’s alumni for being its youngest scholar at only four years old, Clara Rockmore – then Reisenberg – was a prodigious violin player. Her talent accelerated under the tutelage of legendary Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer. However, as a teen, Rockmore developed tendonitis in her arm, which prevented her from playing. It’s thanks to Léon Theremin and his ground-breaking eponymous invention – an electronic instrument that sounds similar to a violin and is controlled by subtle hand gestures and arm movements – that Rockmore could play again. She went on to become a virtuoso performer of the theramin.

Sergei Prokofiev

One of the 20th century’s most celebrated composers, Prokofiev’s prolific repertoire includes such popular works as the ballet Romeo and Juliet, the opera The Love for Three Oranges and the symphonic children’s fairy tale Peter and the Wolf. He enrolled at St Petersburg Conservatory in 1906, having been scouted by composer Alexander Glazunov, also director of the school and one of its most prestigious teachers. Prokofiev was younger than his classmates, and notoriously precocious. After graduating three years later, he developed a reputation for being a boundary-breaking musical rebel. Nevertheless, his controversial, experimental compositions were consistently received with praise and applause by the public.

Swan Lake © iStock/oleg66
Vocalist © iStock/track5

Nikolai Myaskovsky

Five times the recipient of the prestigious State Stalin Prize, which recognised Russia’s most prominent achievements, Nikolai Myaskovsky bears the mantle of Father of the Soviet Symphony. Despite his early passion for music, he was discouraged from indulging it and instead signed up for the army. However, in 1896, he encountered Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony, which inspired him to set his goals on studying at St Petersburg Conservatory. At 25, he was the oldest in his class, but it wasn’t long before he formed a friendship with the youngest member – Sergei Prokofiev.

Alexander Glazunov

He may not officially be a former student of St Petersburg Conservatory, but composer Alexander Glazunov deserves a mention for his role as director of the school for 30 or so years from 1905. Glazunov composed his first masterpiece aged 11, and studied privately under the conservatory’s legendary director Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, despite never attending the school. Apart from an extensive music legacy, Glazunov famously tutored Dmitri Shostakovich and Ukrainian virtuoso violinist Nathan Milstein.

Mikhail Gnesin

While his three older sisters all graduated with distinction from the Moscow Conservatory and opened their own music school in the capital, Mikhail Gnesin chose an entirely different route. He enrolled at St Petersburg Conservatory under the tutelage of Rimsky-Korsakov, a bronze bust of whom now marks the entrance to the conservatory. Gnesin was expelled for striking alongside his fellow students during the 1905 revolution, but the musician was reinstated a year later, with one of his first works, Vrubel, going on to win the Glinka Prize soon after. His most famous operas, the 1921 Maccabees and Abraham’s Youth are strongly influenced by the Jewish folk melodies of his heritage.


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