Corinthia Hotels: at the heart of continental Europe’s best Christmas markets

October 9th, 2017


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Corinthia Hotels in Prague, St Petersburg and Budapest offer the best of Christmas, when city squares are transformed into traditional winter wonderlands and packed with the sights, sounds and smells of the festive period.

Traditional handicrafts, Christmas tree decorations, mulled wine, festive food specialities, outdoor ice skating rinks and an appearance by the big man himself, Santa Claus, create the true spirit of Christmas.

Prague

The five-star Corinthia Prague is a five-minute drive from the historical city centre where the main Christmas markets are held between December 2nd and January 6th. Find them at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, five minutes from each other. A large brightly-lit Christmas tree dominates both spaces, surrounded by brightly-coloured wooden huts selling traditional handicrafts, glassware, jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, metalware, ceramics, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats, gloves and scarves, puppets and dolls.

Visitors can watch traditional foods being made and sample them too, such as ham roasted on spits, barbecued sausages, cakes and pastries, plus locally-brewed Pilsner and Budvar Czech beer to wash it down with. The Old Town Square market has the additional magnet of an animal stable where children can stroke sheep, goats and a donkey.

The city runs a festive programme of opera, ballet and concerts through December, including Swan Lake at the Hybernia Theatre, The Four Seasons at St Clement’s Cathedral and The Magic Flute at Estates Theatre.

The hotel offers a luxurious haven of relaxation in the shape of the Apollo Day Spa for when guests need to unwind from the bustle of the city.

Discover the Corinthia Prague Christmas Markets package

Budapest

Corinthia Budapest is one of the city’s impressive landmarks and is the perfect place to languish when returning from the busy Christmas market on Vorosmarty Square in the heart of the city. Running between November 10th – December 31st, the market boasts over 100 wooden stalls and two outdoor stages for live entertainment such as light and music shows. Find gloves, hats, gifts made from wrought iron, Christmas decorations, traditional honey cookies, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, roasted meats, fried sausages and home-made strudels in abundance, plus puppet shows and an open-air ice rink.

For a change of diet, the hotel offers everything from Far Eastern cuisine to Spanish tapas, as well as somewhere to relax, in the hotel’s original 19th century Spa, magnificently restored and managed by ESPA.

The hotel is offering an Enchanted Christmas package for stays between December 18th-30th 2017. From Euros299 per night, it includes accommodation for two, buffet breakfast, airport limo transfer, in-room gift upon arrival, Christmas buffet dinner on December 24th or 25th and access to the Royal Spa.

In addition, 14 food-themed events take place between November 26th and January 1 2018, including Royal Tea Time (HUF3,500/Euros12), Christmas Tree Lighting Brunch on November 26th (HUF11,500/Euros36), and Beauty’s Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner with French oysters, green shell mussels, marinated salmon and pumpkin pie (HUF18,500/Euros59). Log on to [email protected] for more details.

St Petersburg

Between December 24 and January 8th, Moskovskaya Square is one of several squares in St Petersburg that come alive with a colourful market. Children can meet Santa Claus (Ded Moroz), marvel at ice sculptures and gingerbread houses, listen to Christmas carols and buy any number of gifts and sweets and toys from the stalls. The biggest market in the city kicks off earlier (December 19- January 11th) in Pionerskaya Square, with ice rink, live performances, plus candles, ceramics, handicrafts, tree decorations, hand-made chocolates and festive fare to buy on the stalls.

However, the biggest party is saved for New Year’s Eve on Palace Square. Thousands of Peterburgers throng into the square to watch the fireworks bring in the New Year. Culture vultures can listen to The St Petersburg Philharmonia, which hosts a classical Christmas concert on December 25th and several on December 30th and 31st.

The majestic Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg, located at the heart of the main throroughfare, Nevsky Prospect, offers a cosy respite from the outdoor entertainment, as well as spectacular Christmas feasts and a Christmas package.

A four-course Christmas Eve Dinner, festive Christmas lunch, sumptuous afternoon tea and New Year’s Eve four-course dinner are among the Christmas feasts on offer, while a Christmas package - available between December 23rd and January 7th 2018 - offers a four-night stay for the price of three and includes welcome drink and sweets on arrival, breakfast, accommodation in a deluxe room, and access to the gym and sauna. The New Year’s Eve dinner is priced at RUB14,500 per person. Please see our Corinthia St Petersburg festive hub for more details.

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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 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.

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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.