No free breakfast at Manhattan Club, continential breakfast is $14/pp.
Free breakfast and hor d'oeuvres and cocktails at The Hilton Club New York in the lounge, all guests.
West 57th, lounge ONLY FOR OWNERS at W 57th. Don't know what the lounge has, as I do not own there.
I have traded into Manhattan Club via RCI Points (straight up points account) and via SFX. Last exchange was 2 weeks ago into a 1 BR 2 BA unit. Good think about using SFX is that you are NOT charged the $25 for 1 BR and $15 for studio, per day fee. All my SFX weeks have been bonus weeks that I used.
I have traded into The Hilton Club via SFX and via RCI Points (this time used HGVC Portal). I have a trade in May 2012 via RCI. I had a choice of either W 57th or Hilton Club NYC and took the Hilton Club because of lounge access.
For anything larger than a studio in Hilton or a 1 BR 2 BA at Manhattan Club, forget it.
I have seen studios for both Hilton properties in both SFX and in RCI points, but they are limited weeks, perhaps at most 1 or 2 studios for a variety of weeks. Not big deposits but a week here and there in off season.
Manhattan Club has been readily available in RCI Points, but I think they just cost to many points in the straight up RCI Points account. I would rather get one using either my HGVC or Wyndham Portal and pay the fixed exchange schedule of points. They do have some SFX deposits both studio and 1 BR on occassion.