Amtrak Guest Rewards - Best Viewliner room
Oct 16, 11, 3:31 pm
I am taking a trip on the Crescent in a few weeks, and I checked my ticket confirmation: Room 1 in a Viewliner. It is a regular room that appears to be in the middle of the car, next to the larger bedrooms.
Anything bad about this room? Too bad Amtrak doesn't have something like SeatGuru. Particularly, are Viewliner rooms--particularly this one-- quiet?
Oct 16, 11, 3:38 pm
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I think most of the Viewliner roomettes are comparable. None are at the ends of the car, so there shouldn't be much noise from the wheel trucks or the doors in any of them. Room 1 is as far as one can get from the attendant's room and the shower, two other potential noise sources (those do sit at the car end).
Here's the sleeping car layout, if it helps:
(Am I the only one who finds this diagram super hard to find when you need it? Of course I could just bookmark it - lazy.)
Oct 16, 11, 5:10 pm
I prefer rooms 1 or 2, then 3 or 4. Being away from the end, you don't hear the outside noise when someone opens the end door. You are closer to the vestibule which is nice when boarding and detraining with bags.
Oct 16, 11, 6:27 pm
Thanks-I appreciate the feedback. Looks like I lucked out then in getting a good room.
Does Amtrak fill Viewliner rooms in order of booking, so if I book one last-minute, I get one near the door? (I have waited so long to book one before that all that was left was the handicapped room, but I haven't taken them that often.)
Also, getting back to the rant about pointless check-ins: my ticket receipt that I got by email even has my car number and room number in it. (I haven't even printed the ticket yet.) No point in having to check in; I'm leaving from NYP so presume I will just board from the Club Acela but do not even need to get to the station until just a few minutes before departure.