NYC Hotels with Views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Chances are you're not even thinking about Thanksgiving yet. After all, we still have Halloween to get through! 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 in Midtown Manhattan do so up to a year ahead of time. For an NYC hotel room with a view of Snoopy, Spidey, Hello Kitty, and their other inflatable pals, you've got to plan in advance.
It's not just NYC tourists who splurge on hotels for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, either. Over the past few years, we've had many New Yorkers write in asking which NYC hotels looked out on the Macy's parade route (it sure beats watching from the street). While most of these hotels still have availability as of this writing, call right away as everything will likely sell out. If you do get shut out, it's worth checking closer to Thanksgiving since there are sometimes last-minute cancellations.
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Important note: It's best to call to make your reservation, so 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 Day Parade. You will also want to go over all of the details, including whether you can invite non-registered guests. Hotels we spoke to for this story recommended booking by July, so it's worth keeping this list in your back pocket for next year if you can't snag a spot for this year's parade.
NYC Hotels With Parade Views for 2021
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street
The Premier Central Park view rooms on the 45th through the 52nd floors offer guests the chance to watch the festivities from floor-to-ceiling windows. As of now, there are a few rooms available, and they are quite pricey (we're talking about upwards of $2,000 a night). In previous years, you could book a non-parade-view room and watch the parade from the hotel's ballroom for no extra cost, but no decision has been made about whether the ballroom will be open as of yet. When not watching the parade, pass the 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, storybooks, and kids' DVDs. There's a two-night minimum; call to reserve.
Watch Paddington race down Sixth Avenue from the New York Hilton Midtown.
1335 Sixth Avenue at 54th Street
The Hilton Midtown offers an array of Thanksgiving Parade packages (up to a five-night minimum stay is required for the grandest ones). All of this NYC hotel's views, both full and partial, look out onto Sixth Avenue. Got questions? The hotel has an entire Thanksgiving Parade team set up to answer them: Call 212-261-5955 or email ThanksgivingHiltonNYC@Hilton.com.
The JW Marriott Essex House New York offers a parkside view of the parade.
160 Central Park South between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
There's a three-night minimum stay required for the prime viewing rooms with Central Park views at Essex House, a JW Marriott NYC hotel. The hotel also offers premium suites that offer partial views of the parade, however, they are currently all sold out. If you don't manage to book a room in time, you could try to snag a premium-view breakfast table at SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant on the lobby level. Unlike years past, reservations no longer come with all-access bracelets, so curb access and is first come, first served. You must book online for the Central Park view rooms under deals and packages.
Enjoy prime Midtown viewing at the Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square. Photo by Anna Gross
1033 Sixth Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets
This hotel offers various view packages at different price points. For the best view of the parade, choose the Prime View Room to experience unobstructed, eye-level views. There is limited availability and the price point is high—$2,200 or $3,000 per night, depending on your arrival date. A four-night minimum stay is required. Partial View Room Packages are also available and include accommodations in north- or south-facing studio suites on the higher floors of the hotel, which offer a birds-eye view. To make your reservations, contact Amanda Hempel at 212-380-5005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
65 West 54th Street at 6th Avenue
Perfectly located along the Thanksgiving Day Parade route, this historic NYC hotel has a few rooms and suites available offering a prime view of the parade. Call Director of Reservations Angela Calabrese to book.
Bonus: Stella 34 Trattoria
6th Floor, Macy's Herald Square
If you want to be in the heart of all the action on turkey day, but don't want to give up the creature comforts of home, consider booking a splurge-worthy brunch reservation at Stella 34 Trattoria. Located inside Macy's Herald Square flagship store, you'll enjoy a birds-eye view of the parade's finale and performances, while noshing on a delicious Italian-inspired buffet brunch and Thanksgiving lunch, plus enjoy an open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres. Reservations are required and can be booked online. All guests ages 12+ will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
NYC Hotels to Bookmark for 2022 Parade Views
These hotels also offer rooms with a parade view, however, reservations are sold out for 2021. Get a jump start on plans for Thanksgiving 2022
101 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue
The Quin offers a variety of rooms with full and partial views of the parade, including studios and suites. Some of the rooms have balconies. Guests can dine in-room during the parade or nab a grab-and-go breakfast from the first-floor dining room to take back to their rooms.
1414 Sixth Avenue at 58th Street
A two-night minimum is required for a Thanksgiving stay at the 1 Hotel, where the 1 of a Kind View package includes in-room dining credit and an up-close view of the parade action. Call to make sure your room includes the view you're looking for.
50 Central Park South
This glitzy hotel offers luxurious parade view rooms. You have the option to choose between mid- and lower-floor rooms. All packages include a welcome gift and certain suites come with a $250 credit and in-suite Thanksgiving Day brunch or dinner. There is a two-night minimum.
A version of this article first published in September 2013. Jody Mercier contributed additional reporting.
Photos courtesy of the hotels