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As the temperatures cool in New York, the city gears up for the holiday season and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a has been a holiday tradition since 1924. The legendary parade begins at 77th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and ends on 34th Street in Midtown. Booking a hotel along the route will put you in the center of the action and the coveted rooms facing the street allow guests to enjoy front-row seats of the parade from the comfort of their heated hotel rooms. Here are the seven best hotels on the Thanksgiving Day Parade route – but book soon because these rooms fill quickly.
Best Overall: Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square
As an extended stay hotel, the Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square creates a home-like setting for guests with spacious, pet-friendly rooms, a full-breakfast buffet and a central location on 6th Avenue. Perched on the Thanksgiving parade route just steps from Bryant Park and a few blocks to Grand Central, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building and Times Square, the hotel is a great base for exploring Manhattan. The 357 rooms have a minimum of 320 square feet of space with large windows, soft bedding, separate dining areas and a kitchenette for preparing meals, plus a grocery-shopping service is available for an additional charge. Or, guests can dine at the on-site restaurant and bar to take in the views of the beautiful New York skyline accompanied by live music.
Best Value: The Hilton New York Midtown
The Hilton New York Midtown is located just steps away from the Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center, and makes the perfect base for a New York getaway at a reasonable price. Unwind with in-room spa treatments or cozy up with a drink at the ice bar, complete with ice glasses and sculptures. There’s also the Seven Bridges Bar for a martini or glass of regional wine. A whopping 1,929 spacious rooms have oversized windows, signature Hilton “Serenity” beds and marble baths with glass-enclosed showers. A breakfast buffet is available daily from the Herb N’ Kitchen restaurant. If you’re staying during the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the hotel has special package prices depending on what type of view you want.
Best Romance: Mandarin Oriental
For a romantic trip to New York, the Mandarin Oriental on the Upper West Side is a beautiful, elegant hotel with fantastic views of Central Park, the skyline and the Hudson River. Located in the heart of Columbus Circle, couples can also watch the Thanksgiving Parade float by from floor-to-ceiling hotel room windows. Accommodations include cherry wood furnishings, luxurious bedding, as well as granite and marble bathroom fixtures. Take a dip in the window-lined pool or unwind in the Mandarin’s signature spa with a massage, renewal treatment or pedicure. Soak in city views from the award-winning Asiate restaurant or sip cocktails in the speakeasy-style lounge. Private dining and in-room spa treatments are also available.
Best Boutique: One Hotel Central Park
For a boutique-style hotel, the One Hotel Central Park has an outdoor, organic-theme throughout that provides a change of atmosphere from the brand-name hotels. Perched near the middle of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route, the 229-room hotel is steps from Central Park and has fresh, natural décor (think vines along the façade, plants dangling from ceiling rafters, exposed brick walls and wood flooring). Bright, airy rooms feature reclaimed barn wood ceilings, spa baths with sand shower timers, hemp-blend mattresses and locally sourced in-room dining. The award-wining, open kitchen restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The hotel also offers in-room yoga, a fitness center and several lounge areas for mingling with other guests.
Best for Nightlife: Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square
Located near the end of the parade route, the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square is a great place to stay to catch the nightlife after the parade ends and you’ve had your fill of turkey. The Monarch rooftop bar and lounge is a happening place to hang out with both indoor and outdoor seating and also has incredible views of the Empire State Building. The 167 rooms and suites have plush bedding and modern furnishings with great city views, however, the hotel is on the corner of 6th Avenue and 35th Street, so be sure to request a room on 6th Avenue for the best views of the parade. Breakfast and valet parking are available for an additional charge.
Best Budget: Americana Inn
Budget travelers seeking an affordable hotel along the Thanksgiving Day parade route have extremely limited options, but for a basic, no-frills hotel that puts you in the action, consider the Americana Inn. The 60-room hotel is not for everyone: rooms feature shared hotel baths (there are no ensuite bathrooms), but the fantastic location and low prices (for New York) make up for it. Guests can walk to Macy’s, Bryant Park, Grand Central Station and other midtown Manhattan attractions. Rooms are simple and small, but have a sink, flat-screen television, and work desk. TripAdvisor members felt that the hotel was a great value, but did note that it can be noisy at times.
Best Luxury: The Quin Hotel
As one of New York’s newest luxury accommodations, the 208-room, Quin Hotel is a worthwhile splurge for taking in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Located along the edge of Central Park on Sixth Avenue, rooms and suites at this opulent hotel feature hand-selected, sustainable materials; Swedish-designed beds; Evolve guest controls for heating, lighting, music, and cooling; Nespresso coffee machines; and elegant, spa-quality baths with glass enclosed showers. For the ultimate experience, opt for the 17th floor suite with wrap-around terraces. The Wayerfarer restaurant on the lower level serves locally grown, small batch cuisine in a chic café setting next to the street (great for watching the parade), while the second-floor bar and lounge serves hand-crafted cocktails.