Thanks for the reply to my OP. As I suspected, your "uptown" wording was just not being familiar with the cityMikeZ13 wrote: ↑Jul 13th, 2017 1:14 pmYes, sorry guys, totally meant midtown (showing my lack of NYC knowledge).
The two hotels we are currently looking at are:
1) Midtown - Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Central Park - https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review ... _York.html
2) Soho - Courtyard New York Manhattan/SoHo - https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review ... _York.html
We are generally going to just be looking to do touristy things (statue of liberty, broadway, times square, 9/11 memorial, etc). We are not committed to either of the above, so if you think somewhere else is better let me know
Agree within the others, mid town is where you want to be
commie wrote: ↑Jul 13th, 2017 6:39 pmDo you have status with Marriott? If so, check out the Renaissance Hotel by Madison square gardens. Its in a nice central location and if you are gold or platinum you get access to their wonderful executive lounge. Well worth the extra to have their breakfast spread and evening snacks and drinks. Breakfast is very nice, not the usual continental breakfast, its a full spread...and if its closed, they will give you vouchers to their buffet breakfast in their restaurant.
Just getting the unlimited bottle water, juice, and soda is worth it.
But if its between the two hotels you listed, I'll go with the midtown location.
Two thumbs up @commiecommie wrote: ↑Jul 14th, 2017 10:25 amIf you put your MR membership # in the reservations, at check-in time, they will know to allow your door key access into the executive lounge. The lounge is on the same floor as the front desk, so you can use your key card to access the lounge at anytime. They have food spreads during breakfast and happy hours. But you can go in there 24x7 to pick up water/juice/soda. Not too many hotels in Manhattan have an executive lounge for its members, and this one is one of the better ones.
I actually have stayed at both of the hotels you listed, and while they are both good choices, they don't compare to the Renaissance Midtown.
Since all three hotels are Marriott category 8 and you are using points, its a no brainer. I would pick the Renaissance in a heart beat. Even if there was no lounge at the Renaissance, for the location and quality of the hotel, and using the same amount of points as the other two, I would still pick Renaissance.
This is invaluable first hand info for a Marriott Rewards Member
@MikeZ13 I would certainly go with this recommendation