I have traveled and booked a roomette a number of times. It is an excellent way to travel. the perks are terrific and the staff VERY attentive. Another perk is that if you have a layover at a station, you can get check into a special lounge for the first class travelers where you have free snacks , coffee, TV, charging stations, and comfortable seating while waiting for your next train. Also each car has its own large bathroom where you can shower and get ready for the day. It is absolutely the BEST way to travel.
Roomette with a View (or Two)
So you’ve ridden one of our great short-distance Amtrak trains, now it’s time to live a little. YOLO!
Let’s walk through just a few of the perks of Amtrak long-distance train travel. Here’s the first hint: Book a bedroom or a roomette. Our long-distance coach seats are comfortable recliners that are bigger than our traditional seats, but for this post, we’ll be focusing on the Viewliner Roomette (featured on our East Coast long-distance trains). Think of it as your home away from home on the train.
The first and best perk is you get a dedicated train attendant. It’s similar to room service in a hotel but much, much better.
Train attendants book meal reservations for you, make and take down your bed, carry your luggage, tell you when your stop is coming up and keep you company when you want to chat. They’re great and FREE with any sleeper car reservation.
In the Viewliner Roomette itself there’s ample storage to store your carry-on bags, plus outlets for all of your gadgets. Each brightly lit roomette has huge double-decker windows and sleeps up to two people. The lower level chairs collapse into a comfortable bed, and there’s a drop-down bed directly above them. Both are complete with their own bed linens, pillows, temperature controls, lights, bed-side storage nooks and beautiful views.
OK, we know what you’re thinking. Yes, there’s a toilet. Yes, there’s a door that locks. Yes, there’s a sink, vanity, coat hangers and a service button if you need help. All just for you; no sharing required.
If you have a lot of luggage you can check your heavy bags and bring a smaller carry-on into your sleeper car to save space. Uniformed Red Caps provide free baggage-handling assistance at many major stations and can help you when you board at your departure city.
Finally, you should know that all your meals are included. That’s breakfast, lunch and dinner when you book in a sleeper car. Your train attendant will make you a reservation for any or all of them during your journey. So what are you waiting for? Miami, Los Angeles, Portland, and hundreds of other destinations are calling your name. Start your adventure today!
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Rick and I prefer the bedroom with your own bathroom/shower. We tried the roomette and didn't like it at all!! TOO small for two people really, not enough room, have to use the bathroom across the room, go down to shower, I think AMTRAK needs to widen the roomette space for sure!! Otherwise, we love the bedroom because of it's space.....
I traveled with Amtrak several times a week for months. If you are looking to book with Amtrak, take my advice, and consider another form of transportation with a company that treats their customers with respect and offers to correct a mistake when they've made one. Amtrak is famous for their horrible customer service.
I have a trip scheduled for September 12 to October 4, 2014 and March 2 to 18, 2015. Taking the train from Effingham , Il to San Diego, Ca. Be riding in the City of New Orleans roomette, the Southwest Chief roomette. And riding on the Surfliner. Wish the Surfliner had a roomette. I enjoyed my last trip. I will enjoy these two trips two. Can't wait. Amtrak here I come.
Depending on which route, and how much you want to pay, you can have a sleeper room where a) public bathroom and shower facilities are down the hall, used only by sleeping car passengers, b) the toilet and small fold-down sink right in your compartment, next to the seats or bed, or c) a deluxe bedroom has a separate enclosed shower/toilet right in your room, along with a sink/counter area. I much prefer b or c. And option b - the toilet next to the seat/bed - is only used by you personally, so how gross could it really be?
Thank you all so much for the answer to my burning question. I just don't know if I can be Out Of Touch for such a long duration. I feel better now.
Depending of your carrier you might hit a few non-service areas, but usually it is fine. I only encountered one trouble spot on the California Zephyr from Chicago to Denver recently.
Same here. depending on what carrier you have, you might encounter a few no-service areas, but generally you will do fine.
Question: does a cell phone work on the train or is it hopeless to stay in contact with my family while on my long distance trip????
all sleeping car passenger lose Amtrak Taking Way Free Water and Free Juice and Newspaper long- distance trains.
In an effort to be good stewards of the federal funding received to operate our Amtrak service, a number of steps are being taken to eliminate losses in our Food and Beverage department over the next five years. Some of the changes being made to accomplish this include the discontinuation of select amenities on the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Lake Shore Limited.On or about March 31, 2014, the pre-departure refreshments and on-board wine and cheese tastings for Sleeping car passengers will no longer be offered on the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, or Lake Shore Limited. Additionally, the complimentary sparkling wine, non-alcoholic cider, and chocolate squares will no longer be provided to Sleeping car passengers on the Empire Builder and the Coast Starlight. Sleeping car passengers will continue to receive all regular meals in the Dining car at no additional charge, and passengers may purchase cheese and cracker trays and other snacks, as well as liquor, wine and beer, in the Lounge car on all long- distance trains.
On approximately May 31, 2014, complimentary amenity kits will no longer be provided to sleeping car passengers on the Empire Builder and the Coast Starlight. Your Sleeping car attendant will continue to have select emergency toiletries on hand when needed.
While it is never easy to tell you, our valued customers, that we are eliminating some amenities, these changes are necessary in order to reduce costs, increase revenues and preserve passenger rail service across our country. If you have any questions or comments about these changes, feel free to contact me using the “contact us” link on the Amtrak.com home page.Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage.
Does anyone know if my cell phone will pick up enough signal on the silver star from Tampa to DC? How about a portable MI-FI?
@SandyBontly I love travelling in a roomette. We just used it 2 weeks ago. In 1 week will be heading home the same way. The roomettes are small but love all the perks you get with it. And the privacy
@SueWilson1 I thought a cruise ship was higher then 1400.00
@robnsam The roomette is small. But I thought there was enough room. Me and my sister in law are a little over weight, we had no problems with the roomette. It is better then coach. There is no room there. I sat in one with the bathroom/shower. I didn't like the long seat they had in it. Was uncomfortable.
@RebeccaDunkle I would like to have the one with the toliet and shower but too darn expensive. So have no choice have to get the roomette
@daytripper52 Not nearly as gross and disgusting as using a public restroom (anywhere, not just on Amtrak). Hubby and I have had this type of room several times and it's always been fine.
@latinqt I have Verizon and I loose my signal in a few areas but usually not that bad.
@DebbieLannen agree a lot.pray keep coffee
@DebbieLannen agree alot
@DebbieLannen I won't miss the stuff. I always brought my own snacks and drinks on the train everytime I rode it. And don't drink coffee. So I'm ok. As long as they don't stop the free meals while using the sleeper cars. I'm good to go.
@angeloflove Well that figures. We are leaving Tampa for DC Easter week. Now I have to pack my own?????
@angeloflove Just on some of the long distance trains. I never use the stuff anyway. I bring my own snacks and drinks.
@JoePower There's not enough room. Also, the new Viewliners don't have toilets in the roomettes anymore.
@JoePower For on e thing they are too small and i wouldn't want a toilet it the roomettes
I think there are some very inexpensive cruise deals sometimes, especially when you have a huge cruise ship and it is not full. But the train has very limited number of sleeper cars and a lot of people who want them. I think of it as the equivalent of a nice hotel room with free meals, and it does not seem too bad. I look forward to the day when there are better tracks and more trains, and money is spent on trains like it is on highways.
@angeloflove If you want to keep getting the free food while using the sleeper cars, I wouldn't complain. That would really be bad if we loose the food. So taking a lose in some stuff is better then loosing it all.
@latinqt Sorry I didn't I couldn't help you more. happy Easter to you too
Thank you so much for replying. I'm hoping AT&T is good for me on this trip. Here's hoping. Happy Easter
@latinqt We was on the Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles. I have no ideal how it will be on that route your taking. I know AT&T isn't great in our area.
@latinqt My sister in law had AT&T her internet didn't work on a long stretched and her phone servive wasn't that good.