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8 Best NYC Hotels to Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov. 12th, 2013 | Updated Oct. 27th, 2014 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment   
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The famed Macy’s Day Parade attracts hundreds of visitors each year to its festive celebration which started back in 1924. Instead of battling the crowds for the perfect spot along the parade route, watch the three-hour event directly from your hotel room. These properties provide the best views for watching the second oldest Thanksgiving procession in the U.S.

Mandarin Oriental, New York
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Mandarin Oriental, New York

The chic Mandarin Oriental boasts 244 guestrooms and floor-to-ceiling views throughout the property overlooking Central Park, the Hudson and of course, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Stars: 5
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan
View: Watch from their 6,000-square-foot ballroom.

Warwick New York Hotel
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Warwick New York Hotel

Sitting on 6th Ave. at the center of the parade, the 1920s-era Warwick Hotel offers a chic, vintage-style sophistication with European flair.
Stars: 4
Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
View: Premier Plus Rooms and higher have the best view or suites with balconies like the Suite of the Stars.

Refinery Hotel
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Refinery Hotel

Transformed from a turn-of-the-century hat factory into a luxury hotel in the Fashion District, Refinery Hotel is home to some of the best views for the parade from its 6th Ave. location.
Stars: 5
Location: Midtown, Manhattan
View: Either from your suite or at the rooftop lounge, there’s plenty of ways to watch the event. Head to 77th and 81 Street to watch the gigantic balloons come to life and inflate the night before.

New York Hilton Midtown
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New York Hilton Midtown

Within walking distance of Times Square, Central Park, The MOMA and other attractions, the Hilton is also prime for visitors looking to explore the city once the parade is over.
Stars: 3.5
Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
View: The property offers partial- and premium-view rooms along with central proximity for snagging a spot outside along the route.

Trump International Hotel and Tower
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Trump International Hotel and Tower

Parade rooms are extremely difficult to secure at the Trump, usually requiring a year in advance booking. But if you’re lucky enough to snag one you’ll be enjoying top notch service and amenities. as well as a Parade party in front of the hotel's five star restaurant, Jean Georges.
Stars: 4.5
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan
View: Enjoy from your parade-view room or join the party in front of the hotel’s five-star restaurant Jean Georges.

JW Marriott Essex House New York
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JW Marriott Essex House New York

With its distinct sign towering high above the city, the JW Marriott Essex House is a contemporary hotel with a 1930s art deco past and a refined luxury attitude.
Stars: 4.5
Location: Midtown West, Manhattan
View: There are two options for viewing, either from your private room or while dining at the celebratory buffet brunch.

The Michelangelo Hotel
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The Michelangelo Hotel

Its name says it all, the very Italian hotel offers timeless luxury and ideal views of the parade from its address at 152 West at 51st street.
Stars: 4
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan
View: Mid-level rooms are best and upgrade to suites as they offer some of the most spacious in the city.

The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
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The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel 

Since this hotel sits in Times Square, once the procession ends, you’ll still be able to experience the high-energy of excitement coming from your surroundings. It’ll be like the parade never stopped.
Stars: 3.5
Location: Midtown, Manhattan
View: Take in all the thrill of the event in one of 659 guestrooms or from a luxurious suite.

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