First Courtyard Planned for Rome

The first moderately-priced Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Italy will open at Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport in 2004 under a franchise agreement reached with G&W Invest Srl. When opened, it will be Marriott International’s seventh hotel in Italy.
The 185-room Courtyard by Marriott Rome Airport hotel will be located in a new office park in the center of Fiumicino within 4 kilometers of the airport. The location offers good access to the E-80 and the “Grande Raccorde Anulare,” the ring road circling Rome. Future planned developments in and around the community include a new commercial port, public parking and a city park.
“We are delighted to introduce our highly popular and successful Courtyard brand to Italy,” said Arne Sorenson, chief financial officer and president of international lodging for Continental Europe at Marriott International. “Since its introduction in 1983, Courtyard has become the leading lodging choice in its category and has grown into the 13th largest hotel brand in the world with over 600 properties. We now have 30 Courtyard hotels in operation in continental Europe and the United Kingdom with many more under development or in planning with our partners.”
“It is a great opportunity to combine G&W Invest’s local knowledge with the Marriott International Courtyard brand and to be open the first Courtyard in Italy. We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership,” said Walter Pecoraro, president of G&W Invest.
Courtyard by Marriott hotels are aimed at business and leisure travelers who want consistent, high quality accommodations and services at moderate, affordable prices. Services and amenities offered by Courtyard hotels outside the U.S. and Canada vary from country to country, but are appropriate to the needs of guests in the host country.
All Courtyard properties feature superior quality guestrooms that are usually larger than rooms offered by other hotels in its segment. In-room business amenities include dataport, a large work desk and good lighting. Public space reflects Courtyard’s casual ambience that is designed to make guests feel comfortable and welcomed.

Other amenities that will be offered by the Courtyard by Marriott Rome Airport hotel include a casual restaurant serving three meals daily, a lobby bar, meeting rooms offering a total area of about 3,130 square feet, a fitness room, an outdoor swimming pool and surface parking for 100 automobiles.
The Marriott International lodging portfolio in Italy currently consists of six hotels representing its Marriott and Ramada International brands in Rome, Venice, Milan, Naxos (Sicily) and Verona.

Recently, Marriott announced that the 571-room Rome Marriott Aurelia Marriott hotel would open in 2004. It will be located about 10 minutes by car from Fiumicino Airport near the offices of Alitalia, IBM, Ericsson, Marconi and a number of other companies.