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Eight NYC Hotels For Watching the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Pikachu and Eevee, new for 2021

In yet another happy step towards normalcy, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to the streets of New York on November 25 for the 95th time.

It’s not clear how the city plans to designate this year’s outdoor viewing for those hearty souls hoping to take in the battalion of floats, marching bands and  airborne balloons (look for Pikachu and Eevee, Ada Twist, Scientist and Macy’s fetching reindeer Tiptoe leading this year’s crop of newbie inflatables).

As always, hotel rooms with parade views (and room service breakfasts) offer a serene alternative to a sidewalk teeming with humanity. Macy’s is still mapping out this year’s route, according to their website. But if recent years are any indication, the parade will march from Central Park West to Central Park South and down Sixth Avenue, aka Avenue of the Americas, to the Macy’s Herald Square mother ship.

That means eight hotels are situated directly along the parade route — two fewer than in 2019. Closed permanently due to the pandemic are Courtyard Marriott New York Herald Square, located steps from Macy’s, and the Excelsior, whose rooms overlooked the inflating of the balloons on Thanksgiving Eve.

Booking a parade-view room comes with a unique set of rules. Call the hotel directly (don’t even think about reserving online). Expect holiday pricing (the cheapest start at around $500 a night) and a three-night minimum. Another holiday quirk: the parade is meant to be seen from the street, so rooms on lower levels are most desirable. Just because a hotel faces Sixth Avenue doesn’t mean Astronaut Snoopy and Boss Baby will be visible from every window.

Here’s our 2021 list of hotels outfitted with parade-view rooms.  Read more

Where to Watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from a Hotel Room

Where do you want to be when Astronaut Snoopy, Pikachu and Santa wend their way to Herald Square in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? 

A nice warm hotel room with a room service breakfast and big clean windows overlooking the festivities sounds good to us. 

We found ten hotels with superb locations along the parade route, winding from Central Park West to Central Park South and down Sixth Avenue. Click here to read our post, updated for 2019, on parade hotels, complete with a dab of parade history.

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 2019 newcomer Astronaut Snoopy 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