Chances are you're not even thinking about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade yet. After all, we still have Halloween to get through! But anyone familiar with NYC hotels will tell families looking to book an NYC hotel room where they can watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2023 to begin doing so up to a year ahead of time. If you want to score one of these NYC hotels with a view of Snoopy, Spidey, Hello Kitty, and their friends, 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. Over the past few years, we've had many New Yorkers write in asking which NYC hotels look out on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route. While some of these NYC 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 cancelations.
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Important note: It's best to call to make your reservation at these NYC hotels with views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, so you can confirm the room you're paying oh-so-much for has 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 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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The prime location high above Columbus Circle makes the Mandarin Oriental perfect for enjoying the parade.
NYC Hotels with 2023 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Views
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street
The Premier Central Park view rooms and suites on the 45th through the 52nd floors offer guests the chance to watch the festivities from floor-to-ceiling windows. When not watching the parade, pass the time in the hotel's renowned spa and fitness center which includes a sunlit lap pool. Special services for families include roll-away beds, cribs, childproofing accessories, bottle warmers, high chairs, storybooks, and kids' DVDs. There's a three-night minimum; call to reserve.
1335 Sixth Avenue at 54th Street
The Hilton Midtown offers an array of Thanksgiving Parade packages (up to a four-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: email ThanksgivingHiltonNYC@Hilton.com.
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.
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 hotel in NYC. The hotel also offers premium suites with partial views of the parade. 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. To book, email EssexThanksgiving@Marriott.com.
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65 West 54th Street at 6th Avenue
Perfectly located along the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route, this historic NYC hotel has a few rooms and suites available offering a prime view of the parade. Call the Director of Reservations Angela Calabrese to book.
50 Central Park South
This glitzy hotel offers luxurious parade view rooms on its mid and lower floors. The Beaux-Arts building marries old-world beauty with 21st-century amenities, including its kid-friendly Club Lounge and an all-day restaurant, Contour. Most Thanksgiving packages require at least a two-night stay.
1033 Sixth Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets
This hotel offers various Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade view packages at different price points. For the best view of the parade, choose the Prime View Room to experience unobstructed, eye-level views. 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.
1414 Sixth Avenue at 58th Street
Rooms at this sustainable Midtown hotel get booked up quickly. If you're lucky enough to snag one, enjoy luxury accommodations with Central Park at your doorstep, plus we love the padded window seats which will give kids a comfy view of the action on the streets below.
151 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019
While this NYC hotel isn't on the parade route, it's still giving guests VIP access to the action. Book a stay at the Conrad New York Midtown and enjoy breakfast in its hospitality suite starting at 8am, before you're escorted to a private viewing spot along Sixth Avenue on the parade route to enjoy the street-side action crowd-free and without the early morning wakeup call to stake out your spot.
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Photos courtesy of the hotels. First published in September 2013.