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Best hotels for watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

Posted by Melanie Nayer  November 21, 2012 06:53 AM

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Mandarin Oriental, New York.jpgView of Central Park and skyline from the Mandarin Oriental, New York

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a time-honored tradition that draws millions of visitors a year to New York, each one ready to officially welcome Santa Claus and kick off the holiday season. If you're planning on descending to New York City for Thanksgiving this year but don't want to brave the crowds, named some of the best luxury hotels with a view (and I offer a few extras) so you can watch the Thanksgiving Day parade:

Mandarin Oriental: The Mandarin Oriental New York offers rooms with a bird’s eye view of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a package to go along with it. The “I Love a Parade” package includes access to the Mandarin Ballroom on the day of the parade and a seasonal welcome amenity. (If you need suggestions on ways to capture the holiday spirit while you're here, check out my favorite New York city holiday things to do.)

6 Columbus: Located conveniently in Midtown, this luxury hotel's sleek rooms and upscale ambience make it an ideal way to watch the parade in style. If your room for the night doesn’t have a view you can always watch the parade from the rooftop deck.

Trump International Hotel: The 176-suite hotel has floor to ceiling windows and superb views of the parade route. Additionally, they offer a Thanksgiving VIP Package, which includes a one-bedroom executive view suite and two front row tickets to view the Macy’s Day Parade.

Hilton New York: The Hilton offers a prime location for the Thanksgiving Day parade. They offer three different room packages with views of the parade starting at $509 per night.

JW Marriott Essex House New York: Located in Central Park South, this historic hotel opened in 1931. That’s less than 10 years after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade started. Since then, this Art Deco building has been an ideal place to watch the parade. When booking a room ask specifically for Thanksgiving Day Parade rooms.

If you're just in New York for the day, I suggest you reserve a table at the New York Marriott Marquis or the The Renaissance New York, Times Square for some prime viewing of the parade! To warm up after the parade, head to The Plaza for tea!

Readers: Have you ever traveled to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live in New York? If so, are your favorite places to see the parade?

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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