Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Hotels
The famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a sight worth seeing -- if you can manage to shove your way through the crowds to get a peek. If you book one of the hotels along the parade route, you could watch the giant balloons and floats from the comfort of your hotel room. Be warned, though -- many rooms will cost more than 3 times the normal rates. Check out Travel Channel and Oyster.com's top picks for Thanksgiving Day rooms with a view.
The Mandarin Oriental is the best choice in the city for luxury travelers who want to celebrate Thanksgiving in style. Premier Central Park View rooms and suites on the 43rd to 54th floors have superb parade views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and guests who book the I Love A Parade package can watch from the 6,000-square-foot ballroom. The package also includes access to the hotels Mandarin Ballroom during the parade, which boasts even more floor-to-ceiling windows and city views, and a seasonal surprise upon arrival.
The Hilton New York boasts a prime location smack-dab in the heart of Manhattan on Sixth Avenue, right along the Macy's parade route. Though this Hilton is primarily geared toward business travelers, the hotel is offering a family-friendly deal on rooms booked over Thanksgiving. When reserving rooms, guests can choose from a full aerial view (floors 18-33); a partial, back end view (floors 7-24); or a full, premium parade view (floors 7-17). A premium view will cost you about $400 more per night, but the recession-friendly "no view" rooms mean you can not only save on the price but also watch the floats go by from the front lobby.
Opened in 2007, the sleek, stylish 6 Columbus is a great option for young socialites in search of a great place to view the Thanksgiving parade in a trendy, upscale atmosphere. Not all the rooms have views, so make sure to book a room with views of Columbus Circle to see the parade, or nab a spot on the coveted rooftop bar Above Columbus, with 360-degree views and retractable roof.
This 1926-built Warwick Hotel may be just 5 blocks from Central Park, but it's Sixth Avenue that is the center of the New York action during the Macy's parade. Premier Plus Rooms and higher (including Sixth Avenue Suites) all have street views that look out over the parade. But if you can splurge on the 2-bedroom Suite of the Stars, the whole family can watch the parade in its near-entirety from the private balcony with a 50-person capacity.
Now boasting the Marriott brand (and renowned Marriott service), the Essex House makes for a great Thanksgiving option due to its proximity to Central Park and stunning city views, which look out over the parade's route down Central Park South.
Its name may brag a Times Square location, but the Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square is actually a block from the Seventh Avenue hustle and bustle, and actually on the parade route on Sixth. The "home away from home" hotel appeals to families for its spacious rooms, kitchenettes and, on Thanksgiving, its views of the Macy's parade.
Parade-view rooms at the Trump are hard to come by, and they're already sold out for this year. The coveted rooms and suites with park views usually book a year in advance, so if a luxurious atmosphere and top-notch services are a must, then you can start making arrangements for next year's parade. Just be ready to drop close to $1,000 per night for this prime location.