I will be riding in a roommate for a second time next month. Three years ago I road in room 4 on the California Zephyr from Chicago to Reno, and it was terrific. I think the only thing I didn't like was getting used to sleeping (I was solo); it was a bit rocky at first. But loved the service, scenery and relaxation of having privacy.
I am going from Chicago to LA this time, on the Southwest Chief. When I booked online, as expected they pre-pick your seat automatically. I noticed I am in car 0330, and in Room 014. When I looked on the map diagram, I saw I was on the first floor vs second, and also right next to the infamous Family Room. Now I have nothing against families with kids, but I do know kids can be loud (as can adults of course). And I wanted to know what the chances are that the family I get is going to be possibly noisy, to the point I can't sleep? I called reservations to change my seat to an upper, but they only had rooms 9 and 10 left- and those were right off the trucks/doors- so major slamming of doors and foot traffic coming in and out. I hear many experts tell me not to book those rooms.
So, not trying to rant- just wanted some advice. Should I keep my lower room, or try to see if I can get another room upper floor? (maybe rooms 2-8 I hear are ok).
I AM considering keeping my lower floor because I hear there is less foot traffic, and you have closer access to bathrooms and showers. However I also hear that if you're on the lower floor, you will hear people getting on and off more, and the luggage area is there.
If I keep my door closed, does that help block out some of the noise? Any advice would be much appreciated. I look forward to this trip as I enjoy relaxing for 3 days and watching movies while looking out at the scenery.