9 Tips for Booking Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade View Hotel Rooms in NYC


With temperatures often in the 40's, as well as the crowds on the Thanksgiving Day Parade route, it's no wonder that many visitors and locals decide they want to get a hotel room with a parade view to experience the parade in comfort. Hotels realize these rooms are valuable and often have strict rules and policies around their use. Here is some advice for getting a parade view room in NYC for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

  1. It is typically best to call a travel agent or the hotel directly -- these rooms are carefully guarded and often available only through the hotel's in-house reservation or sales department
  2. Thanksgiving Parade View rooms are sometimes made available as early as one year in advance, though the policies vary from hotel to hotel
  3. Many hotels have strict limits on occupancy -- ask about the restrictions when making your reservation and before inviting your extended family to enjoy your room with you
  4. Find out if there are a minimum number of nights required to book the parade view room -- some hotels have no such requirement, others have 2 or 3 night minimums
  5. Be sure when to ask about cancellation/refund policies, as many hotels require guests to pay in full at the time of reservation with no chance of cancellation
  6. Mid-level floors (approximately 7-15) tend to offer the best viewing experience -- in higher rooms the parade balloons may appear minuscule, and in lower rooms you may be craning your neck to catch a glimpse of the balloons
  7. Find out if the hotel's entrance will offer a good view of the parade -- you can often get better pictures from the street than through a window, but your room will offer a peaceful respite after fighting the crowds on the street
  8. Some hotels have private parties that require tickets if you want to be able to stand in front of the hotel to watch the parade, so be sure to ask about any restrictions and/or opportunities for enjoying the parade at the hotels along the parade route
  9. Still have questions or need help booking a room for the Thanksgiving Day Parade? Contact me and I'll try to help!
Heather Cross