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Posted 20 September 2012 - 06:48 PM

I travel mostly in coach. I hate noise and for my next trip, probably New Orleans to Los Angeles, am considering getting a roomette. The included meals and a shower are a good deal, but I wouldn't be able to sleep if I wound up next to someone who's a loud snorer. I can grudingly tolerate noise and snoring in coach, but if I had to endure this stuff in a sleeper AND deal with serious log-sawing, I'd feel as if I wasted the extra money.

Just what's the roomette noise level like?

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:01 PM

The Roomette walls are not soundproof, but saying that there is a far less chance that the 1 or 2 rooms on either side of you would have a loud snorer in the room next door to you vs 60-70 others in the same coach (without walls)! That said, I've never had a chain saw in the next Roomette, at least that I recognized!Posted Image I've heard more noise (but not excessive) from other passengers walking by.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:06 PM

I have never heard snoring from a neighboring roomette, but I have had heard rattles from my own roomette, and people talking from neighboring roomettes or bedrooms. I have also heard people in hallways talking. Even when I am in a roomette or bedroom, I bring ear plugs with me... just in case.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:15 PM

We have traveled in roomettes quite a bit and have not experienced any neighbor snoring problems. Most of the noise comes from hallway chatter but that usually quiets down as the evening progresses. Car attendants/ conductors will quiet the hall noise if it becomes excessive. The door usually blocks most of that noise anyway.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:16 PM

When I've traveled in a roomette, I've very occasionally heard muffled voices, but can't recall having heard anybody snoring. I snore quite badly due to sleep apnea and usually bring my CPAP machine, as I'm sure I'd wake the dead. Nor have I heard anybody enacting the scene that would have logically followed that last shot in "North by Northwest."

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:50 PM

I am a very light sleeper. I need ear plugs to sleep on the train. I highly recommend them.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:40 PM

Like on an airliner, the ambient noise of the train acts as a sort of "white noise" and muffles most background sounds, usually assuring a pleasant sleeping environment in the Roomette/Bedroom at night. The biggest complaints I have heard concern the train horn but to me that is "happy noise."

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:35 PM

I too have never heard any snoring in the roommettes except for my husband:) No really he has a sleep apnea machine. Even the few times we have been in coach, I have heard very light snoring. The more noise I hear in coach is people going back and forth between the cars.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:49 PM

Like on an airliner, the ambient noise of the train acts as a sort of "white noise" and muffles most background sounds, usually assuring a pleasant sleeping environment in the Roomette/Bedroom at night. The biggest complaints I have heard concern the train horn but to me that is "happy noise."


I heard some "happy noise" from the next room on my last trip too. Wasn't the horn, but, they seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:14 PM

In my experience, roomettes are just about the quietest accommodation in sleeper one can get, minus the handicap-accessible room on a Superliner. I've stayed in all of the sleeper accommodations available; be very confident in knowing you will sleep quite well without any major snoring issues from neighboring passengers. In reality, the loudest place to lay your head is in a bedroom, where there is a thin sliding wall between you and the next room (there so one could make a two-room-suite if they shelled out the $$$) and even whispers are audible from your neighbor.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:30 PM

Thanks for the information, everyone. Guess I'll give it a try next time!

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:41 AM

Blackwolf, I agree with that sentiment.

I recently took my first roomette trip on the Crescent, and then I did coach on the LSL, and then another sleeper on the CONO, the LSL was the worst segment out of the 3. The two where I had rooms were way better.

As far as for noise, its really not that bad. I was able to chat on my phone with my door closed and no one really said anything, although I do tend to talk quietly. I snore and no one complained about that either.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:49 AM

The only thing that I found VERY annoying was on my last trip on the EB, the gentleman in the bedroom next to me had his scanner on very loudly and going off at all hours of the day. I would wake up repeatedly in the middle of the night with static and squawking from it. I wish he would have been polite and used headphones if he had to listen to it during quiet hours. I didn't mind the noise during the day, but it eventually got kind of old. I always listen to my scanner with headphones so that I can be polite to others.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 01:14 PM

The only thing that I found VERY annoying was on my last trip on the EB, the gentleman in the bedroom next to me had his scanner on very loudly and going off at all hours of the day. I would wake up repeatedly in the middle of the night with static and squawking from it. I wish he would have been polite and used headphones if he had to listen to it during quiet hours. I didn't mind the noise during the day, but it eventually got kind of old. I always listen to my scanner with headphones so that I can be polite to others.


That would be something to mention to either him and/or the attendant. That shouldn't be happening, especially during quiet hours.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 01:36 PM


The only thing that I found VERY annoying was on my last trip on the EB, the gentleman in the bedroom next to me had his scanner on very loudly and going off at all hours of the day. I would wake up repeatedly in the middle of the night with static and squawking from it. I wish he would have been polite and used headphones if he had to listen to it during quiet hours. I didn't mind the noise during the day, but it eventually got kind of old. I always listen to my scanner with headphones so that I can be polite to others.


That would be something to mention to either him and/or the attendant. That shouldn't be happening, especially during quiet hours.

Well he stopped by the time we got stuck in Glasgow for 20 hours, so the problem solved itself.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 01:54 PM

I have traveled many times in a roomette on both Viewliners and Superliners
and never had a problem with noise. Occasionally, you hear people walking
and talking in the aisle, but it has never been disruptive to me.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:48 PM

I have never heard snoring from a neighboring roomette, but I have had heard rattles from my own roomette, and people talking from neighboring roomettes or bedrooms. I have also heard people in hallways talking. Even when I am in a roomette or bedroom, I bring ear plugs with me... just in case.


Same with me. Never had a problem.

I do suggest that you try out the SL in a Sleeper. Sleepers are usually very quiet.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 03:36 PM

I have never heard snoring from a neighboring roomette, but I have had heard rattles from my own roomette, and people talking from neighboring roomettes or bedrooms. I have also heard people in hallways talking. Even when I am in a roomette or bedroom, I bring ear plugs with me... just in case.

What kind of earplugs do you use? I've never found any that seem to work very well. Is there a particular type or brand you use?

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 05:53 PM


I have never heard snoring from a neighboring roomette, but I have had heard rattles from my own roomette, and people talking from neighboring roomettes or bedrooms. I have also heard people in hallways talking. Even when I am in a roomette or bedroom, I bring ear plugs with me... just in case.

What kind of earplugs do you use? I've never found any that seem to work very well. Is there a particular type or brand you use?

I always get the pink foam ones at CVS. They come with a little plastic carrying case and say something on them like they are "for ladies". The reason that they work for me is not because they are pink, but they are smaller than some of the other foam earplugs on the market. I have very little ears and often other ear plugs fall out. These foam ones you have to sort of twist in your hand, and then you put them into your ear. Then it expands once you put it in your ear.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:49 PM


I have never heard snoring from a neighboring roomette, but I have had heard rattles from my own roomette, and people talking from neighboring roomettes or bedrooms. I have also heard people in hallways talking. Even when I am in a roomette or bedroom, I bring ear plugs with me... just in case.

What kind of earplugs do you use? I've never found any that seem to work very well. Is there a particular type or brand you use?


I use foam ear plugs also. I do not know where I purchased them - probably a drug store or Target. I purchased them a while ago for use in spin class at the gym since the music is way too loud for my sensitive ears. They are a bit large and do fall out at times. Maybe I need some pink ones like amamba has.

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