By Terry Trucco
Where do you want to be when the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marches into town on November 27?
The constellation of hotels with rooms overlooking the festivities changed dramatically in 2012 when the route switched from Seventh to Sixth Avenue. Though the room count shrunk, it’s inched up in the last two years thanks to the addition in 2013 of two new hotels ideally positioned for marching-band-and-balloon-watching.
It helps, too, that the biggest hotel in town — the 1,980-room New York Hilton Midtown — is positioned above the current route.
If you haven’t booked a parade room, get cracking. Inventory has already dropped, but prices won’t. November, in fact, is the ideal time to book — for next year.
Most hotels take names of interested guests year round and finalize reservations in the summer when prices are firmed up.
Don’t be tempted to book a parade room online. Most hotels, in fact, won’t let you. Parade rooms are expensive, and not all views are perfect. Just because a hotel faces the route, after all, doesn’t mean you’ll see Sponge Bob from every room. ‘We want to talk with all prospective guests so we can provide the best room for their needs,” says Jonathan Stas, marketing manager at the Hilton.
And keep in mind: the parade is meant to be seen from the street; rooms on lower floors are preferable to — and pricier than — those on high, at least for one day of the year. (more…)