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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 Vice, The Mystery, The Legend: The History of Valletta

The history of an ancient city   |   June 2017

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A delicious fusion of old and new, this small but perfectly-formed capital has it all

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Stroll through the streets of Valletta, Malta’s capital, and you are just as likely to find an impromptu dance performance as you are a historical relic. A delicious fusion of old and new, the British colonial footprints are still visible atop the underlying ancient history.

Akin to an open-air museum, Valletta’s delightful mix of architecture and culture lead to its crowning as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Fast forward a few decades and the city is fast becoming a hub of bohemian life, where the great, the good and the downright trendy gather to pour over the island’s latest artistic, theatrical and musical offerings.

Dominated by the almost overbearing cultural legacy of the Knights of St John, who founded the city in 1566 to protect Malta from further attack, it was named after Grand Master la Valette, who defended the islands successfully at the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Intended as a place of culture not just a fortress, this ‘city built by a gentleman for gentlemen’ has laid itself open to outsiders and been influenced by them all, while retaining its original grandeur and distinctly Mediterranean feel.

Awarded the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2018, Valletta is in a state of flux. Experiencing a regeneration to highlight its incredible heritage while involving future generations, the city is well on its way to becoming even more culturally relevant.

Built on the Sciberras peninsula, an arid tongue of land situated between two natural harbours, Valletta’s aptly named Grand Harbour is now the stunning backdrop to several world-renowned festivals, including the highly anticipated Malta Arts Festival, which showcases a sublime mix of music, theatrical and dance performances.

Old music halls are being converted into wine bars and independent art galleries and boutiques are springing up where once there was only urban decay, as a breath of fresh air blows through the streets of the city. And one of the most famous streets in Valletta is Strait Street which was, until the mid-twentieth Century, the favourite destination of military men who docked in the harbour. They frequented the many rather unsavoury bars and restaurants of the street where ‘women of the night’ were on hand to, ahem, help the sailors have a good time.

Nicknamed ‘The Gut’, due to its reputation as the seedy but entertaining underbelly of the city, Strait Street experienced a steep decline in 1964 after Malta gained independence from Britain, whose servicemen no longer had cause to visit and from the 1970s, it was abandoned. Pay a visit to Strait Street now in the first strains of its gentrification and you will find a hodgepodge collection of trendy little bars like StrEat, Tico Tico, and Trabuxu, which are well worth a drink in.

Tear yourself away from the underbelly and wend your way to St John’s Street for an altogether more wholesome experience and gaze at the awe inspiring spectacle that is St John’s Co-Cathedral, a stunning example of high Baroque architecture. Commissioned in 1673, the building’s austere façade belies the extravagance within. As one of Malta’s best kept secrets, the interior of this grand cathedral is best left as just that – something to be experienced, not read about. But when you do visit, look out for the famous Caravaggio masterpiece, The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, the only piece in existence signed by the artist.

Valletta is a city of contradictions, where the historic and the new-age coexist. Its nomination as Capital of Culture 2018 has cemented its legacy and importance in Europe and cast the spotlight onto this small yet powerful island. Experience the vice, the mystery and the legend for yourself and follow in the footsteps of the Knights who never witnessed this gentleman’s city transform into a city of the people.

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