Basically I just want to know which locations are worth what they charge a night. As they say getting the best bang for your buck. Not that Boston is cheap but it's a tad more reasonable then what I've seen online in NYC. Also I've heard that if you're only a Gold member don't bother asking for an upgrade. They are only saved for Platinum members and that's not always guaranteed either. So any advice when booking a marriott room in NYC would be much appreciated! Thanks! Melissa M
If you can wait till Jan, I have gotten some fabulous deals at the FFI on 28th between 6th & 7th Ave. Last Jan  I actually got a room rate < $100. As a Platinum, they always put me on a high floor in the front of the hotel which has a view of the Empire State Building. All the rooms in the front have a single king size bed. All the rooms in the back have 2 double beds (or maybe queen...never stayed there with no view).
I also like the Residence Inn on 6th Ave between 38th and 39th. Again, as a Platinum, I usually get a corner view. The south end of the property has views of the Empire State Building and the north end of the building of Bryant Park. The rooms are like having a pied d'terre in NYC as they have a kitchen with stainless appliances and black granite.
Since I usually take the train in to Penn Station, both of these properties are walking distance to the train station.
Another property that often has lower prices is the Carlton on 28th and Madison, just a couple of blocks past the FFI. It is a very elegant property, but it is an Autograph Property so does not always stick to the Marriott Rewards program. Prices are generally in the low $200+, and often goes down to $160.
Other properties I have had good deals at, but don't stay often cause I have to wait forever in the taxi line to get there:
Of course if you want to be in NYC at the same time as everyone else for the T-Day parade, christmas decoration viewing, New Years Eve, Fashion Show Week, Fleet Week, etc you will pay top dollar, often near $600+
But if you check the box in the search engine that says, "MY DATES ARE FLEXIBLE" you can see when the best prices are and plan around that which is what I do to get the most for my money.
p.s. One more option to consider, is the Newark Airport Full Service. They sell packages that include the room, car park and train tickets into NYC. They have a nice shuttle that takes you directly to either the rail or bus connection to NYC. While I have never done this, while staying there, I have meet alot of folks that do this and really like it. The shuttle bus drivers are also recommending restaurants, and which days to go to get free entertainment in the restaurant, buffets, special menu deals. I was really impressed with how much the shuttle bus drivers knew and advised guests doing this package. This property also offers similiar packages if you want to sail out of Bayonne. You park your car there, and they take you to the port.
I'm originally a New Yorker - now a laid back Californian. That said, the Marriott Marquis Times Square can give you a headache!
It's busier some days than Disneyland. The CL is full of families and has some of the worst food offered that I have experienced in CL's...........
This is one destination where you should use points if you have some.
Most of the properties (Marriott brands), like many of the hotels in older buildings, have small rooms.
My favorite for location and comfort/luxury is the Essex House (JW Marriott). Right on the park close to everything.
Like all the other top properties is carries a Category 9 - but worth it!
We stayed in the Courtyard Midtown East on 3rd and 53rd and, with the exception of an upgraded corner room at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, it was the largest room of any I have ever stayed at in NYC. Not much on amenities, but it is relatively quiet and an easy walk to great restaurants, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, etc. Ask for an upgrade, ahead of time and if available, to a room with two queens and a sleeper sofa. They are even bigger than their standard rooms, which are still large by NYC standards. The rooms are on floors 14 and up, so you get away from the street noises.