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Posted 02 September 2017 - 07:23 PM

I just booked a Roomette on a Superliner for a December trip to Washington and I got Room 13 on the First floor.

This is by the Family Bedroom. Is this a good room? Should I change it? Does it matter?



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Posted 02 September 2017 - 07:47 PM

Only change it if you are somehow superstitious. I love #13 and all downstairs accommodations. The only time it really matters is if you have a true family in the Family Bedroom. On the Southwest Chief a couple of years ago, I had a downstairs room the farthest away from the FB, which on that run was occupied by a complete family that looked like a human representation of the old A&W Restaurants family (Papa, Mama, Teen [actually more like Tween], Baby [toddler]---plus an infant). I have no idea how they all slept in the room, but during waking hours they were constantly in and out of the room plus they kept the TA-SC/SCA running ragged with requests for this, that and the other thing. Then the infant cried frequently and the toddler screeched at times. If all that wasn't enough, the patriarch was often on his cell phone while one or more of the above events were going on. I would have found it more annoying being in #13 or the facing roomette, but it still wasn't as bad as other experiences.

 

The reason I like the downstairs rooms is that one can just pile on the train no matter what the stop and boom, you're in your room. No schlepping anything upstairs, no waiting for others with bags to schlep up or down the stairs, etc. Plus, if you use the luggage storage area and need to pull something out of stowed luggage, it's right there. Many times you can even drag your bag towards your room and finish your retrieval, thus not blocking the stairway. If you detrain at intermediate stops with no layover, it allows you to stage everything for a quick exit.

 

And, of course, if you like to get out and stretch at smoke stops, you're also right there (unless the car you're in is one in which the doors are not opened).


Edited by RSG, 02 September 2017 - 07:47 PM.


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 07:55 PM

I dislike downstairs.  Too close to the rails, and therefore too noisy for me, at least.  The ride seems to be smoother on the upper level, and certainly quieter.  If you switche, try for rooms 2, 3 or 4.  Some will object to those because they are near the restroom. Others like them for the proximity of the coffee, etc, and the smooth ride in the middle of the car.  If you're mobility challenged, then the lower room is a better choice, but the lounge and the dining room are on the upper.  



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Posted 02 September 2017 - 08:46 PM

I prefer the upstairs 3 - 8 for the better views, coffee in the morning,same level as SSL and DC.  I had a bed experience one summer in 14 next to the Family Room.  The kids were in and out every other minute, slamming the door going out then again going in.  The boys wrestling in the hallway banging into the walls,  The SCA tried to talk with the parents, but they told him the children were responsible for themselves so he was to discuss their behavior with with each child, he didnt, he got the conductor, but nothing was resolved.


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 11:00 AM

Some regular sleeper passengers like the lower level roomettes, and some don't.

The only way to tell if a roomette on the lower level does or doesn't work for you is to ride the train in one.

Note too that the Family room is not always occupied.


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 12:16 PM

During the summer months and holiday travel times the Family Room has a high probability of being occupied.  During the off peak season, many times it isn't occupied.  You can always check when you are making reservations to see if the FR has been sold.


Trains Traveled On:
Texas Eagle                                      Sunset Limited                            California Zephyr                                Southwest Chief                Empire Builder            Capitol Limited           Lake Shore limited (NYP & BOS)      Crescent
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NE Regionals                                    Pioneer                                        Desert Wind                                       Broadway Limited             Three Rivers                 Coast Starlight                          
 
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Posted 03 September 2017 - 04:28 PM

In the past, I have always booked either a Bedroom or a Roomette on the Upper Level.  The coffee and juice are nearby; the SCA is in Room #1 so is easy to locate (usually).  In a Roomette, though, there is only one bathroom for us on that level.  Having to go downstairs to the shower and/or another restroom and having to wrangle luggage up/down the narrow stairs caused me to book a lower level Roomette on my EB trip this July.  I was well aware of the possible issues with a rowdy family in the Family Bedroom, thus, I booked one of the two Roomettes furthest away from the Bedroom's entrance.  The Family Bedroom on my train had 3 adults in it; noise, etc. was not an issue.  Neither was unusual train/track noises; in fact, I slept better on both of the nights than I even do at home!  Not having coffee/juice nearby was not a problem for me.  The advantage was having the shower close at hand as well as 3 more restrooms available.  Having luggage storage nearby also was a plus.  I'd book another Roomette on the Lower Level on a future Amtrak trip.



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 05:50 PM

Not having coffee/juice nearby was not a problem for me.


This might have been more of an issue when the beverage station actually had something for everyone at all times. Now, with coffee service generally restricted to hours before 11 AM, extra water hidden safely away from needy passengers, and the solo juice option limited to the 21st Century version of canned orange juice (if available at all), this seems to be more of a disadvantage to being on the upper level, particularly when there are pax at 2 PM blocking the passageway looking for something that isn't there in the first place.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 06:08 PM

 

Not having coffee/juice nearby was not a problem for me.


This might have been more of an issue when the beverage station actually had something for everyone at all times. Now, with coffee service generally restricted to hours before 11 AM, extra water hidden safely away from needy passengers, and the solo juice option limited to the 21st Century version of canned orange juice (if available at all), this seems to be more of a disadvantage to being on the upper level, particularly when there are pax at 2 PM blocking the passageway looking for something that isn't there in the first place.

 

 

 

In my Sleeping Car, the coffee pot did disappear in late morning, but the SCA had juice available all morning and afternoon.  

 

I do agree that Sleeping Car guests ought not to block the aisle after obtaining either coffee or juice.  Please return to your accommodation.  For those of us coming from the Lower Level, it becomes a particular problem if there are more than 3 people in that area.



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:33 PM

 

Not having coffee/juice nearby was not a problem for me.


This might have been more of an issue when the beverage station actually had something for everyone at all times. Now, with coffee service generally restricted to hours before 11 AM, extra water hidden safely away from needy passengers, and the solo juice option limited to the 21st Century version of canned orange juice (if available at all), this seems to be more of a disadvantage to being on the upper level, particularly when there are pax at 2 PM blocking the passageway looking for something that isn't there in the first place.

 

We seem to be making mountains out of molehills.  Enjoy the ride. :)



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:49 PM

We seem to be making mountains out of molehills.  Enjoy the ride. :)


I always do...even when I have an MIA TA-SC/SCA or fellow pax who bleat about the train being X hours late and how they will "Never ride the train again!" ;)



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:12 AM

I've traveled many times in upstairs roomettes and never experience a group of people standing around the coffee pot conversing so not a problem for me.  Usually a red ca[ will volunteer to bring my bag to my roomette and most of the time the SCA will voluntarily agree to take my bag downstairs for me before I depart.



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 01:14 PM

As for managing bugs up and down the stairs.  Last year three SCA stated they did not handle luggage at all, but this year, Two helped me this summer asking before I asked, the other three after I asked, but none flatly refused like last year.


Trains Traveled On:
Texas Eagle                                      Sunset Limited                            California Zephyr                                Southwest Chief                Empire Builder            Capitol Limited           Lake Shore limited (NYP & BOS)      Crescent
Kentucky Cardinal                             Cardinal                                       Pere Marquette                                  Wolverines                        Lincoln Service            Empire Service          Keystone Service                               Acelas
NE Regionals                                    Pioneer                                        Desert Wind                                       Broadway Limited             Three Rivers                 Coast Starlight                          
 
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