We own two Starwoods (Scottsdale and Mission Hills) and one Marriott (NJ). About 5 years ago, we purchased resale at the Manhattan Club and loved it. Great location, large suite with two full baths, decent furnishings (well, barely) - it was a great deal for us. We purchased one of the original package which entitled us to 3 weekends over the year. Worked great for two years. Call a few months in advance and book whatever you wanted. Annual fees were about $1,400. Very pleased. New ones were going for near $40k and we paid $17k. All began to change after the second year. The fees began to raise dramatically (they are now $2600 per year!) and all of a sudden, it became nearly impossible to get a reservation. At the same time, rooms were available on many websites for less than the prorated cost members were paying! There has never been an adequate response from management. In addition, the board, after all these years, is STILL controlled by the developer. There are three owners on a board of seven people so he continues to do things to benefit him rather than the members. There is a Yahoo group and the membership has grown from 150 a year ago to almost 400 now. People want out even if they have to give it away - they fees are crazy and they can't get a reservation. People have stated that there are NO MORE DATES AVAILABLE THIS YEAR! We love our Starwoods. The Marriott was our first purchase and was a mistake but we have done well trading into other Marriotts with it. But this is the worst situation I have ever seen. Fortunately, I sold it on eBay about 20 months ago - for $1525! But I continue to read the board and I am relieved that I acted when I did as current owners cannot even walk away and the Manhattan Club won't take them back - even for free!