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@JedlingWhen we took this same trip in Sept. '13, we did NOT get breakfast......If your getting off at Memphis, there are many fast food restaurants open at that time...Hope this helps!!
1 year ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
@Leeski, Absolutely the only time you will have to share something is when you go to eat, unless you have four people. They seat 4 people to each table.....so be prepared to meet some really nice and unique people on your travels........
1 year, 3 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
@Evilkitty @tampacate Evilkitty, I'm not sure what you mean by a "roomette tour", but as I am very far away from the nearest railroad, I never had the opportunity to take a tour. I had to rely on the advice of Amtrak. As far as free food and making me happy, the only thing I was disappointed about, was the lack of space. I am not a small man. I was under the impression that I had purchased a room, NOT a roomette. I really hope you enjoy your trip, as I did. I am very easy to please, just give me a place to rest my head and a hot meal, even if I have to pay for it. I figure it will take you three days from where you are, so please try the showers on the Empire Builder. They are terrific!
Having just completed a round trip vacation from Memphis to Chicago in coach, than Chicago to Seattle on the Empire Builder in a "roomette", I was so disappointed in the utter lack of space in the roomette. I found out quickly that I COULD NOT sleep in the top bunk as I could not turn or get comfortable. My shoulders were touching the top and I found it quite uncomfortable and claustrophobic. The attendants found me a coach seat to sleep in and I slept in the seat for two nights while my wife slept in the roomette. The attendants, Joseph, who was working to the west and Darryl, working back East and who is now working the Zephyr, were very good. If your going coach, do not expect to see any attendants, they just sort of disappear and only show up when they need something. I had a fellow passenger coming back to Memphis on the 15th of Sept, who rang the bell at least 15 times and nobody showed up. Would I do it again, probably not unless I had a room and they are hard to come by. Cramped spaces, non working toilets, a shower that is so tiny, one person finds it hard to take a shower. Sounds romantic, but its hardly that......The views were out of this world. You feel as though you are "floating" in the air as you are seeing things and places that you will NEVER see from a car or airplane. That part of the trip makes it worthwhile. I just wish the spaces were not as cramped.
1 year, 4 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
Don't mean to butt in, but I just got thru with a trip from Memphis to Chicago, than Chicago to Seattle. They have luggage storage in Chicago in their private lounge in Chicago. They also have free pepsi products and many fine restaurants in the station.