Amtrak - coach or “comfort”?
Amtrak Arriving at Palm Springs, courtesy of Allen Rockwell
We are planning to take Amtrak’s California Zephyr route from Grand Junction, Colorado and up to Chicago, and possibly continue with Amtrak further to Boston. We’ve pictured sitting (and perhaps even sleeping) in a comfortable Superliner roomette with lots of space and a great view.
Turns out - there’s no such thing as “lots of space”, and even the degrees of comfort seem to be a little disputable. We didn’t expect first class luxury for a reasonable price, but we have to admit that we got a little disappointed when Amtrak recently published some pictures (or “virtual tours”, as they call them) of the roomettes. They’re so tiiiny!
But what can you really tell from pictures? Not all that much. So if you’ve ever taken the Amtrak, preferably on the California Zephyr line, we would love some info about the different alternatives!
What are the roomettes like? Are the beds worth anything at all? Are the couch cars really crowded? How about the lounges? What would you recommend?