The Best NYC Hotels for Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

On Thanksgiving Day 1924, employees at Macy’s Department Store dressed up in eye-catching costumes and paraded to their storied flagship store in Herald Square surrounded by floats, marching bands, live animals borrowed from Central Park Zoo — and Santa. Thanksgiving has never been the same.

If you’re among the thousands who think there’s nothing better than being in the presence of Pikachu, Sponge Bob and the Elf on the Shelf when the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade unfurls,  you have choices. You can hit the pavement (the intrepid rise in the wee hours — or camp out overnight — to claim a spot along the route by at least 6.m.).

Or you can check into a hotel along the parade route and and tuck into a room service breakfast as the world’s largest parade passes by. Read more

Bon Appétit! These NYC Hotel Restaurants Are Celebrating French Restaurant Week

Bastille Day is right around the corner (Saturday, July 14 to be precise). And France is in the World Cup finals on Sunday. Do you need any more reasons to dig into French Restaurant Week 2018 in New York?

This year 22 restaurants around town encourage you to Eat Drink and Be French with three-course lunches for $25, three-course dinners for $38 or a special multi-course $178.89 prix fixe feast for two through July 15. Two are at hotels. Bon appétit. Read more

Four Hotel Rooftops Where You Can Still Find a Spot to Watch the Macy’s Fireworks Show

We’ll take the works!

Macy’s unleashes their patented July 4 ode to the rockets’ red glare, aka the Macy’s Fireworks Showtonight from a fleet of barges floating in the East River between 22nd and 42nd streets. That make Fireworks 2018 a three-borough spectacular, with viewing opportunities throughout much of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, provided there’s nothing tall to obstruct your view (good luck). Read more

In an Unusual Sunday Press Release, Ace Hotels Announces Plans for an Oregon Forest Property

We’re always happy to hear about new hotels, particularly innovative properties with unexpected amenities. Which brings us to the news release we received today that Ace hotels plans to open their first forest outpost in West Linn, Oregon.

Billed as “an experiment in urban arcology,”  the planned Ace Hotel Hobbit House is set to open in Winter 2018. It will occupy a domed one unit property with a skylight built deep in the West Linn woods by a mime trained by Marcel Marceau who happens to be a self-taught designer and builder. Read more

Before 2017 Winds Down, One Last Look at New York City Hotel Holiday Decorations We Love

It’s hard to recall a colder, darker New York City holiday season than 2017. But for much of the month, an upbeat antidote to the relentless chill could be found at the city’s hotels — enough to make it worth your while to duck into a lobby for a welcoming blast of warmth and sparkle. Before the year slips away, here’s a last look at how some of our favorite hotels dressed up for the holidays. Read more

Meet the Peninsula New York (Edible Version), the Ultimate Gingerbread Hotel

The Peninsula New York — gingerbread version.

What can you do with 46 lbs. of butter, 38 lbs. of milk, 76 lbs. of honey, 46 lbs. of sugar, 5 lbs. of spices, 1 1/2 lbs. of baking soda and a whopping 145 lbs. of bread flour?

You can think about opening a bakery. You can spend the foreseeable future baking cookies. Or if you happen to be Deden Putra, Executive Pastry Chef at the Peninsula New York, you can create a five-star gingerbread hotel that stands six feet tall and smells as inviting as it looks. Read more

A Fresh Take on Chocolate Easter Bunnies (and Eggs and Flowers) at The Peninsula New York

Whenever a holiday rolls around I make it a point to stop by The Peninsula hotel on Fifth Avenue. New York has no shortage of hotels that indulge in full-throttle decorating, but no one does it quite like the Peninsula. Or as often. Read more

Eight New York Hotels That Know How to Dress for the Holidays

Call them instant mood lifters. Each year hotels throughout New York City dream up new ways to play dress up and beam holiday cheer to all who enter. Like snowflakes, no two hotels look (or decorate) alike. Here’s how some of our favorites decked out to celebrate Holidays 2015. Read more

Four NYC Hotels For Watching the July 4 Fireworks

Ka-boom

It’s almost birthday time for one big country, and who needs candles when you’ve got fireworks?

This year’s July 4th sparklers, courtesy of Macy’s, explode over the East River, shot from barges floating between East 23rd Street and East 34th Street. You can see them from anywhere in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, provided there’s no tall buildings to obstruct your view (good luck). But a rooftop lounge at a well-placed hotel all but guarantees a great view (and drinks and food to boot). These four hotels are going all out to celebrate a big 239th for the USA. Read more

NYC Hotels Offering Mama Something Different on Mother’s Day

This Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day, and while we don’t trumpet every holiday-inflected hotel deal, three caught our eye. It’s not all hearts and flowers. Read more