Chances are you're not even thinking about Halloween yet let alone Thanksgiving. But as anyone in the NYC hotel industry will tell you, families looking to book a hotel where they can watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade do so up to a year ahead of time! For a room with a view of Snoopy, Spidey, Hello Kitty and their other inflatable pals, you've really got to plan in advance.
It's not just tourists who splurge on hotels for the Thanksgiving procession, either. Over the past few years, we've had many New Yorkers write in asking which hotels looked out on the Macy's Parade route (it sure beats watching from the street). While most of these hotels still have availability at the time of this writing, call right away as they'll most likely sell out soon. And if you do get shut out, it's worth checking closer to Thanksgiving since there are sometimes last-minute cancelations.
Important note: It's best to call to make your reservation so that you can confirm with a human that the room you're paying oh-so-much for does indeed have a good view of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. You will also want to go over all of the details, including whether you can invite non-registered guests.
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; you can pass the rest of your time in the hotel's renowned spa and fitness center, or frolic in the pool. 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.
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th Street
The Hilton Midtown 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.
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 (at 9am! Maybe it will help the bill go down easier). 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.
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.
Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square
71 West 35th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
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, this hotel's rooms have great sight lines. A two-night minimum stay is required. Adults will be treated to mimosas if you book the premium package.
101 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue
The Quin Thanksgiving Day packages offers a variety of sightlines of the parade. Guests can dine in-room during the parade or nab a grab-and-go breakfast on the first floor to take back to their rooms.
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.
Trump International Hotel and Tower
1 Central Park West at 60th Street
The northernmost hotel on the route is usually the first one to get booked up, usually a year in advance. Guests here will be greeted with hot chocolate upon arrival and have access to the parade route from the steps in front of the hotel. Once the balloons are out of site, head to Wollman Rink for a complimentary spin on the ice. Other family friendly amenities are outlined in its Trump Kids program, which includes special treatments at the spa, nanny services, swimming lessons, a personal attaché and a restaurant menu featuring kiddie-cocktails.
Prefer to watch Macy's Thanksgiving Parade for FREE? Check out our post on the best parade viewing spots and insider tips, then start planning your strategy.
This post originally published in September 2013.