There are many reasons to enjoy New York City during Thanksgiving, but the biggest draw is the Macy’s parade! If you are lucky enough to be in the Big Apple for this legendary Thanksgiving Day tradition, be sure to book a room at New York Hilton Midtown. This vibrant and upscale hotel is located directly on the parade route at the corner of 54th and 6th Avenues. That means you can ditch the crowds and enjoy the impressive lineup of marching bands, dancers and balloon floats directly from your own cozy guest room. There are a variety of Thanksgiving packages available, with partial and full parade view rooms.
Tip: Most viewing spots along the parade route are on a first-come-first-served basis. There are no designated seating or handicapped areas. With nearly 3.5 million people vying for the best viewing spot along the parade route, having a warm room (with a bathroom) is quite appealing!
WHY NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN IS THE BEST HOTEL ON THE MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ROUTE
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
Location is always key and New York Hilton Midtown is premier! As I mentioned above, the hotel is conveniently located along the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade route. You really can’t get a better viewing spot in all of Manhattan so this is a no brainer. On Wednesday before the parade, families can walk from the hotel to the American Museum of Natural History to watch balloons get inflated. The “inflation ceremony” is open to the public from 3 to 10 pm.
Once the parade is over, you will continue to enjoy being centrally located to partake in all the attractions New York City offers. Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, Fifth Avenue shopping and Broadway are all within walking distance of New York Hilton Midtown.
Fact: The Macy’s parade has been held annually since 1924. It was suspended from 1942 to 1944 because the need for rubber and helium during World War II.
RESTAURANTS OPEN ON THANKSGIVING
Throw in the cooking towel and indulge your epicurean fantasies during your stay at New York Hilton Midtown. Thanksgiving Day dining options include an option to have breakfast delivered to your room (for a fee). No need to go out and find something to eat before or during the parade; hang out in your comfy jammies a bit longer and enjoy this special service. Note that due to high demand there will be a minimum of one-hour delivery time.
Herb N’ Kitchen, Hilton’s new concept restaurant, will also have their breakfast buffet available if you desire more options. They also feature seasonal salads, artisanal sandwiches and brick oven pizzas during the day. Get your caffeine fix in the Barista Zone which offers specialty coffees. (You will definitely find me there.)
The Executive Lounge will be open Thanksgiving Day for guests with access. They serve complimentary continental breakfast every day and hors d’oeurves in the afternoon.
If you aren’t cold enough from the parade, head to Minus5 Ice Bar to enjoy a frosty drink and celebrate the art of ice! Eighty tons of ice complete this winter wonderland, and everything from the walls, benches, chandeliers and glasses are made from ice. Some of the yummy sounding cocktails include the Freezing Apple, Frosty Mojito and Iceman. Kids are welcome until 8 pm and delicious mocktails have been designed just for them!
Finally, treat yourself to a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all of the standard fixings. From 12 to 6 pm, this mouth-watering buffet features not only a raw bar, but a delicious array of soups, salads, meats, vegetables and American pies. Space is limited, so I suggest making reservations early by emailing Thanksgiving.NYMidtown@hilton.com.
Hotel Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day include:
- Herb N’ Kitchen:
- Barista Zone: 5 am to 11 pm
- Grab & Go: 6:30 am to 1 am
- Breakfast Buffet: 6:30 am to 10:30 am (last seating at 10am)
- In-Room Delivery: 6 am to 10:30 am for Breakfast (on Thanksgiving day there will be a 1-hour delivery time)
- Thanksgiving Dinner: 12 to 6 pm (by reservation only)
- Lobby Coffee Bar: 6 am to 11 am (Thursday, Thanksgiving Day only)
- Lobby Lounge: 11 am to 11:30 pm
Fact: The first-ever balloon in the parade was Felix the Cat. He was filled with air, not helium, and was held up on stilts.
IN-ROOM SPA TREATMENTS
Running around a large city can tire out your muscles! Why not enjoy a massage right in your own room? New York Hilton Midtown offers convenient in-room spa services. Some of the services offered include massages, haircuts and professional make-up applications. See the spa menu with pricing here. I can feel my muscles relax just writing this.
Fact: The original Macy’s parade included live animals such as lions, tigers and elephants from the Central Park Zoo and the route was 5.5 miles. (Today it is 2.65 miles.)
DEDICATED THANKSGIVING CONCIERGE
If you have any questions during your stay, there will be a dedicated Thanksgiving information desk on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, from 1 to 7 pm. The concierge will also be of assistance should you have any additional questions.
This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.