Yes, I think the full cost is a very valuable piece of information to have. I also thought that with the new web page that this information was missing. However after a while I realised that it is displayed in the bottom left hand side of the screen - at stage 3 as TJ says. I guess it's all a question of familiarising with the new site!!
"Was the remarks/comments/special request section removed from the room reservation process?"
Affirmative NUHusker. As covered in a recent post, Marriott.com users and hotel staff have made it very clear to Internet Customer Care that 'Remarks' is not a nice-to-have but a must-have feature.
The removal of 'Remarks' capability has a negative impact on meeting guest expectations. In short, the feature is on a high priority list to be put back in the next release. The ETA is unknown.
To contact Internet Customer Care, call 1-800-721-7033