RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - Oct 3, 2012) - Marriott is known for its environmentally friendly efforts, and the Raleigh Marriott City Center is putting its green foot forward with the new rooftop space at this Raleigh luxury hotel.

The rooftop space at this hotel in downtown Raleigh is now home to an herb garden and honey bees, both of which will be cared for by a local high school FFA group, who are currently being educated on proper care. While the project is just getting started, the hotel plans to sell the honey from the bees in the future.

While the honey from the bees and herbs from the garden have yet to make their way into the guest dining experience, this Raleigh Convention Center hotel offers a way to sample fresh, seasonal ingredients in the dishes at its Posta Tuscan Grille, featuring Italian dishes such as homemade veal sausages with cannellini beans sautéed in a light tomato sauce, spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli with pancetta and zucchini, Tuscan seasonal vegetable soup and risotto made with shrimp, scallops and lobster. For smaller plates, the hotel's Bar Posta offers various pizzas including the Pizza Prosciutto with fresh buffalo-milk mozzarella, prosciutto de Parma and Tuscan tomato sauce. You'll also find bar favorites including chicken wings covered in brown butter, roasted garlic and pepperoncini; flash-fried calamari tossed with banana peppers and white wine butter sauce and Tuscan fries seasoned with fried herbs, parmesan and garlic oil.

While you'll find fresh, seasonal flavors at this hotel's restaurants, there's still a chance you overindulged. To counter that, head to this hotel's fitness center or head out on the town for a day of walking and exploration of nearby museums and shops.

To learn more about the Raleigh Marriott City Center, visit the hotel website at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rdumc-raleigh-marriott-city-center/, where you can book rooms, browse packages and deals and plan your stay with maps, transportation information and a guide to the best places to visit in Raleigh.

About the Raleigh Marriott City Center
Your trip to Raleigh might be all business, but your stay at the Raleigh Marriott City Center can offer you the best of both the business and leisure worlds. Set in the heart of downtown with a location near universities, tech and pharmaceutical companies and world-class entertainment, this Raleigh hotel is directly connected to the convention center, making it easy to switch between work and play. Guestrooms offer plenty of space and feature upscale bath amenities, plush bedding, 37-inch plasma TVs with cable and pay-per-view movies, high-speed Internet access, plug-in panels and large desks with ergonomic chairs. Property-wide amenities are sure to fill every need from a fitness center and indoor pool with whirlpool to a full-service business center, Starbucks coffee shop and private lounge. Host meetings and events in this hotel's 15,000 sq. ft. of event space, or opt for a more casual sit-down at Posta Tuscan Grille or Bar Posta, offering fresh Italian fare, small plates, wine and cocktails. In addition to generous amenities and a welcoming environment, this hotel puts you minutes from the airport and close to area museums. 

Contact Information:

Michele Bevevino
Raleigh Marriott City Center