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Marriott International

May 13, 2014 15:26 ET

Hotel in Rome Partners With Local Church to Help the Needy

At the Rome Marriott Park Hotel, Charity Starts at Home

ROME, ITALY--(Marketwired - May 13, 2014) - In a world where there are as many worthy causes to support as there are minutes in the day, committing to help just one can seem harder than helping none. In this way, it's easy for individuals -- not to mention businesses -- to remain focused on the tasks at hand instead of lending a hand. There are, however, exceptions, and the Rome Marriott Park Hotel is one of them. This Fiumicino Airport hotel has recently teamed up with a local church to offer aid where it matters most: in their community.

Drawing on a legacy of church involvement with the poor, the Parrocchia Santa Maria del Rosario ai Martiri Portuensi (Church of Santa Maria del Rosario Portuensi Martyrs) is fulfilling one of its many roles in helping its parish's disadvantaged members. And the church's priest, Don Paolo Desandré, has been grateful for the help from the Rome Marriott Park Hotel. The property, after all, has been the only one among hotels near the Rome Airport to reach out and offer monetary contributions alongside donations of items guests have left behind and not reclaimed.

But what began as a single contribution has evolved into a verifiable movement. Thanks to the enthusiastic participation of the hotel's staff, the property has begun making weekly donations of money, lost-and-found items and even food that Don Desandré then distributes among the parish's 70 needy families.

For travelers, knowing their patronage helps the local community only enhances the appeal of these sumptuous Rome accommodations. In addition to amenities like flat-screen televisions, safes and high-speed Internet access, the property embraces the Italian reputation for unparalleled quality within the luxury market. As a result, it is one of the few hotels to include handcrafted furniture and marble bathrooms within its spacious guest rooms. And that means guests can travel well and give generously at the same time.

About the Rome Marriott Park Hotel
Visiting the Eternal City can be as indulgent as it is inspiring when guests stay at the Rome Marriott Park Hotel. Features like Our Spa (with massages, facials and even chromatherapy), vast outdoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center imbue the property with creature comforts any visitor can appreciate. Business guests, meanwhile, can be confident in their choice since the hotel serves as one of Europe's largest convention centers with 126,971 square feet of event space. Those in town on holiday, meanwhile, will have no trouble experiencing one of Rome's great delights -- cuisine -- thanks to the hotel's five dining options. These range from Brasserie Restaurant's open kitchen and International menu, to the Kalypso Wine Room's traditional Italian fare. Whatever guests choose in the way of dining, however, will fuel them as they get out and explore the countless nearby attractions. Located among Rome hotels near the train station, the property also provides a convenient city shuttle to give travelers easy access to the Coliseum, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.

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