The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is or should be on everyone’s Bucket List. It’s a 90+ year tradition that just keeps getting better and better. Each year, the parade features unique floats, world-class performers, marching bands, clowns and much more! One of the best and classiest ways to see it is from a New York hotel room on the parade route. A hotel room provides guests with breathtaking views of the action without the hassle of crowds and cold weather. And it sure beats watching the giant balloons go by from the street!
Families if you want a room with a view of Snoopy, Spidey, Hello Kitty and their other inflatable pals, you’ve really got to book that room now—for next year!
Here is a list of NYC hotels that offer a room with a view.
Trump International Hotel and Tower
1 Central Park West at 60th Street
This luxury hotel on the parade route is usually the first one to get booked up, usually a year in advance. Guests also have access to the parade route from the steps in front of the hotel. The hotel is family-friendly. Trump® Kids includes kid-friendly amenities like kiddie cocktails, coloring books and no-tear bath amenities. Trump® Pets allows little reason to leave your four-legged friends at home with pet-friendly hotel amenities including toys, plush bedding and walking services.
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th Street
The Hilton Midtown has a spectacular location in the heart of Manhattan within walking distance to attractions like Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Fifth Avenue shopping, Broadway theaters/Times Square, Central Park. The hotel offers four Thanksgiving Parade packages (though up to a four-night minimum stay is required for the grandest ones). All of the views, both full and partial, look out onto Sixth Avenue. Got questions? The staff includes an entire Thanksgiving Parade team set up to answer them: call 212-586-7000 or email at ThanksgivingHiltonNYC@Hilton.com.
The Ritz-Carlton New York
50 Central Park South between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
A minimum two-night stay is required for the Ritz-Carlton’s Thanksgiving Day package. Options include Premium View and Partial, and the massive windows come with a ledge large enough to sit on. Guests are treated to a champagne brunch in-suite and Thanksgiving Dinner later in the day in the Ritz’s restaurant.
Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square
1033 Sixth Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets
This hotel offers both parade-view rooms and a special family-style brunch in its event space with a prime view of the action. To guarantee your room has the view you want, make your reservations by phone: 212-380-5003.
Mandarin Oriental New York
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street
Guests who book Premier Central Park view rooms can watch the festivities from floor-to-ceiling windows right in their suites. However, if your windows happen to face in another direction or you’re stuck on a low floor, the hotel’s “I Love a Parade” package also grants you exclusive access to the Mandarin Ballroom, which boasts spectacular views. The package requires a two-night minimum stay. Special services for families include babysitting, a children’s menu in the restaurant, roll-away beds, childproofing accessories, bottle warmers, high chairs, coloring books, gaming consoles and kids’ DVDs.
JW Marriott Essex House New York
160 Central Park South between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
The Thanksgiving Day Parade package comes with overnight accommodations in a room with a guaranteed view along with a bottle of champagne. The Essex House has on-site laundry and food delivery from local restaurants if its in-house tavern isn’t to your child’s liking.
Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square
71 West 35th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
This hotel’s rooms have great sight lines. The parade ends in Herald Square and though there’s little public viewing in the area since that’s where the broadcasters are set up. Another advantage is that you’ll be able to sleep in a little later. The starting time for the parade is 9 AM but it will take almost 3 hours to reach here. A two-night minimum stay is required.
It’s best to call the hotel to confirm you are getting a room with the view of the parade. If you still want to try and get a room this year, it is worth checking closer to Thanksgiving since there are sometimes last-minute cancellations. Beyond the parade route, there are many hotels around the City that offer great amenities.
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