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Hotels Are Pissed as Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Changes Its Route

March 10, 2011 at 8:31 AM | by | ()

See ya Times Square!

We know, that title might be off putting. After all, who can think about Thanksgiving when everyone's plotting out where to get wildly inappropriately drunk for St. Patrick's Day? Hotels, that's who. And that's because the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is changing up its route in 2012.

Instead of floating down Seventh Avenue, the route will switch over to the more manageable Sixth Avenue and hotels on the old route are pissed to be missing out on the parade revenue.

NY Daily News reports:

Marriott expects to lose $2 million to $3 million from the shakeup, according to Mike Stengel, a Marriott vice president. He said the company's two Times Square hotels, the Marquis and the Renaissance, will no longer be able to charge premium rates, enforce minimum 2-to-3 night stays or rent out restaurant space on Thanksgiving weekend.

Sucks to be you. But now, where should we stay for Thanksgiving 2012?

Well, rates at the extremely expensive Ritz-Carlton Central Park will probably skyrocket to entirely unaffordable dimensions (like nearing $1,000) so we'll have to look at other hotels on Sixth and nearby like the The Sofitel, The Bryant Park Hotel, The Eventi, The Cassa and a host of hotels on "Hotel Row" aka 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Of course, this means that these hotels will probably start charging premium rates and enforcing minimum night stays too.

Still, Thanksgiving 2012 is a ways away. So go back to worrying about your St. Patty's day plans.

[Photo: Ella Marie/Flickr]

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