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Last-Minute Hotels Along The Thanksgiving Parade's New Route

November 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

We hope you remembered back in the Spring when we told you the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade route would change this year and booked your hotel stay accordingly.

However, Hurricane Sandy and early snowfall in parts of the country has caused cancelled travel into the city, so some late birds (we won’t call you turkeys) may luck out and score last-minute hotel bookings and get a glimpse of those awesome floats in the flesh.

Let’s be clear though, many of these rooms may more now than normal, and some come with a minimum night’s stay (which won’t be so bad if you’re staying on for Black Friday shopping! anyway! Whee!). And if ANY of the hotels below show up on HotelTonight at noon? Grab 'em up, and schmooze like heck for a good room!

Just a few other things to know:

The best point at this time is to CALL the hotels directly after seeing what rate is listed online. Ask what view you’re getting (the best tend to be on mid-level floors). Find out if the hotel's entrance gets a good view of the balloons--you may want to run down and take front-and-center pictures, then quickly return to the sanctuary of your room without fighting the crowds.

With that, here are a few hotels along the new route where you can stare at Spiderman in comfort.

Affinia Manhattan
Though the 7th Avenue hotel did have a Thanksgiving Parade package, we’re told it’s now sold out (though they’re still advertising it as of press time). In order to *maybe get a view of the parade in its final stages as it makes its way to Macy’s and Herald Square, you’d need to book a suite at the Affinia. A one-bedroom is showing up for $449 on the website, a call to the hotel confirmed availability, although there is a two-night min.

The Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square
Thankfully, this property is located on 6th Avenue, not 7th, so it’s another of our top choices. Plus, this family-friendly hotel is one of our favorites not only because a stay here will get you a room with a kitchenette, but also free WiFi and breakfast!

Mandarin Oriental
The Columbus Circle hotel has a “I Love a Parade” package that allows viewing of all your favorite characters from your room, as well as access on Thursday to the 6,000 square-foot Mandarin Ballroom, which has three 18-foot high walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, and looks out over Central Park. A welcome amenity (we hope it’s a good ‘un) will soothe the $1,025 price tag and two-night minimum.

The Hilton New York
This classic hotel’s Sixth Avenue location is right along the parade route, and they're capitalizing on it big time with a few packages that require a minimum stay of 3-5 nights ( which we don’t exactly love) that begin at $509 per night, depending on the view you select from partial to premium.

6 Columbus
One of those hotels that seems like its clientele would be interested in ogling a bunch of oversized balloons, but just in case—make sure you book a room with a Columbus Circle view or, make your way up to the indoor/outdoor rooftop bar with retractable roof and get a glimpse of Hello Kitty.

The JW Marriott Essex House
Proximity to Central Park and great views of the parade’s route down Central Park South would gives this two thumbs up on the choice meter. The $649 rate on the 21st, drops to $449 on the 22nd. If you're traveling solo or as a couple you're set. But we're confused by their "Thanksgiving Parade View Package" for $1,129 a night (2-night min) which includes a guest room with ONE QUEEN BED, has a maximum occupancy of TWO, offers no rollaway beds, yet includes buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 CHILDREN daily, requires prepayment in full, and is non-refundable. Oh, but you do get a surprise Holiday welcome amenity. We hope it's a bigger room!

FYI:The parade kicks off early Thursday at 77th and Central Park West, then will head down along CPW to Columbus Circle, then make a left and mosey along Central Park South down 6th Avenue. Once at 6th Avenue, the parade continues south until 34th Street, where it will make a right and conclude at Macy’s at Herald Square.

[Photos:CnTraveller.ru/Mandarin Oriental Hotels]

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