When Macy’s changed the route of New York’s marquee parade from Seventh to Sixth Avenue in 2012 it proved a blow to visitors who like watching Hello Kitty & Company float by from a hotel room.
Seventh Avenue’s eight hotels overlooking the parade route dwarfed the five along Sixth Avenue and Central Park West, both in size and number. But this summer the Courtyard Marriott Manhattan/Herald Square added 167 rooms to the mix, many with direct views of Macy’s, the parade’s grand finale.
And this week brought more good news for parade lovers. The Quin, a glamorous 208-room property, opened on Monday in the handsome 1920s building that once housed the Buckingham Hotel on Sixth Avenue. Many of the rooms look directly onto the parade route. And the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie? The hotel’s corner king-bed rooms look down Sixth Avenue from the corner of West 57th Street and offer some of the best parade views in town.
The bonus is the view inside. Rooms are chic, serene and, by New York standards, sizable, starting at 300 square feet for a superior king and shooting up to 425 square feet for a corner premiere king. A tile-floor entry leads to a carpeted sleeping area dressed in taupes and creams, outfitted with bespoke furniture (I love the leather drawer pulls on the bedside tables) and topped by crisp ceiling moldings, a reminder that these mid-century mod-inflected furnishings reside in a classic prewar brick structure. Sweet.
When I stopped by last night, several corner kings were available for November 27 and 28 (the hotel is still in the finishing stages, and reservations for parade rooms must be booked by phone). The restaurant isn’t open yet, either. But this is Midtown New York. You won’t starve.
The Quin, 101 West 57th Street, New York 10019; 212 245-7846.