Yes, all the NYC properties are nice. The Renaissance is nice if you want to stay in that area (mid-town Manhattan). This property has been undergoing renovation for sometime now, but that is nearing completion. I would ask for an upgrade to a suite. The two room suites are very nice (ask about one on the 23rd floor), the one I had was well appointed with beautiful wood paneling. If you are going in mid-week they may give you the upgrade at no cost. If you are traveling with a family consider the Residence Inn on 6 Ave. If is near Briant Park and not that far from Times Square. The rooms are a litte small (so with older kids you my want two rooms), but they have a very nice breakfast and after hours hors d’oeuvres (Mon thru Thur).
if you mean the Marriott World Financial Center it's a beautiful hotel, but small rooms and is surrounded by the construction site.
The East Side has an old-world feel and is in a quieter neighborhood, but is far from hot spots.
The Marquis is in the middle of it all, but it's a zoo on weekends, and you will celebrate your first anniversary while waiting in line for the elevators...
I haven't stayed at the Marriott Downtown but I believe it was recently refurbished. It's close to the World Financial Center (great waterfront bars for the nice weather) and not to far from the ferries to Ellis Island but I would recommend something closer to Midtown. The Courtyard East Side is pretty convenient and not your typical courtyard. Also, it looks like a Courtyard just opened on E. 92nd. I used to live on E. 90th ("Yorkville") - great bars and restaurants and close to the subway to midtown and downtown hotspots like Union Square are easily accessible.
As for wedding locations - are you looking for a reception site or a host hotel for your guests?
My favorite place to stay in NYC is the Renaissance Inn at Times Square. It's in a great location, they have an awesome restaurant that serves one of the best breakfasts in the country. It's probably not a great place for a wedding as they lack a large ballroom. All the same, it's a great place.
Good luck planning your wedding!
I have got recommendations from several different friends to stay at the Marriott Marquis if you are staying in downtown NYC and visiting that area. I'm taking my daughters to NYC in June and have reservations there because it is close to everything. They say it is fine for that kind of vacation...but for a wedding, I don't know about that...but you will be in the heart of NYC if that's what you're looking for. Good luck with your wedding plans.
Stayed there last summer. The were in the middle of renovations and I was very unhappy with my stay. The lobby and restaurant were not avaiable to us, there was loud construction throghout the day and they even turned off the water a few nights!!
I believe renovations are over now, but I've heard that it's not much nicer.
I wouldn't recommend staying there due to the poor service I received.
The Renaissance Inn at Times Square is my favorite hotel in NYC. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The place has just completed an extensive renovation. The rooms are great, the views are superb, the windows open, it's in a great location, and they have a wonderful restaurant (especially for breakfast).
There's a great convenience store across the street from the hotel, you are within a five minute walk of most Broadway theaters. You can easily get a cab or hop on a subway.
If you fly into JFK, you can hop on the air train and get to the hotel within 35-40 minutes (it all depends on whether you walk from Penn Station to the hotel or wait for a subway).
I love the hotel and hope that you do too.