Following ckwill's lead for the LA Inquiry thread, I thought I would throw out my travel plans to some suggestions from the MP community (which I just joined earlier today...hello everyone!). This October, I'm planning on traveling to NYC to celebrate my birthday. I've been to NYC about three times before, but I've never done the touristy things (which I'll be doing this time). (Mostly work related travel in the past.) I'm looking at SPG hotels in the area and wondering for those of you who have stayed with SPG properties in the New York or New Jersey area, what would you recommend and why? For the purposes of this thread, let's say I'll have at my arsenal 60k SPG points by October (AMEX cards; not entirely sure when points will post), and my preferred way of spending is Cash+Points. I also like getting the best bang for my buck so I will definitely take into account points/$ and $ spent. I'll be staying for four nights (Oct 11-Oct 15). I'm also considering staying in New Jersey and just commuting to NYC (I've done this a couple of times in the past--one of them at a Sheraton), and possibly just doing cash only to rack up points instead. I'll be traveling with my girlfriend, so we only need a single room. A requirement for any Jersey properties that are suggested is that there needs to be some shuttle service to the local train that'll take us to the NYC metro. (Or if it's within walking distance, that'd be even better.) So thoughts? Here are a list of the NYC properties: W New York - Times Square The Chatwal, New York City The Westin New York at Times Square The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel Four Points by Sheraton Midtown - Times Square Element New York Times Square West Sheraton New York Hotel Le Parker Meridien New York The St. Regis New York W New York The Westin New York Grand Central (new property! opening Oct 1!) Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea W New York - Union Square Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village Four Points by Sheraton Long Island City/Queensboro Bridge Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel W New York - Downtown Aloft Harlem Aloft New York Brooklyn Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel Sheraton JFK Airport Hotel New Jersey properties nearby: Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel W Hoboken The Westin Jersey City Newport Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center Sharaton Parsippany Hotel Sheraton Edison Hotel Raritan Center Thanks in advance! tl;dr: for those of you who have stayed with SPG properties in the New York or New Jersey area, what would you recommend and why?