The final verdict for those who don't feel like scrolling: The extra cost is worth it because it maximizes time spent on the ground, especially if you're taking early morning rides.
First, you get SO much space. I could do jumping jacks with ease (ignore my appearance; it was 3 a.m.), and my head didn't hit the top bunk, my feet didn't slam into the seats, and I am almost 5'5" for reference. I hate feeling cramped, so this is a major plus.
The bottom oversized seats could be converted into an extra bed if you're sharing the roomette with a friend, family member, or significant other, plus you're able to live out your ~childhood dreams~ by pulling down a top bunk.
You'll be able to get ready for the day thanks to private sink access. I applied moisturizer, sunscreen, concealer, and mascara, and did my hair, and brushed my teeth, and changed into a fresh outfit for the day after sleeping for three solid hours. It was glorious to not feel gross when I arrived at my destination.
Three complimentary meals a day are sent to your roomette, and it's pretty dang good! I had a substantial breakfast that was more gourmet than what I usually gobble up at home. And coffee, juice, water — it's all unlimited.
The design of the room itself is also peppered with a ton of functional details that really enhance the experience: a hook and hangers to store your jacket and bag, adhesive to keep blackout curtains in place and prevent light from seeping in, and even temperature and light control.
There is also a private toilet.
And now for the most important question: Did I actually sleep? The answer is a blissful yes. I'm a light sleeper and thought it would be impossible to get any shut-eye, but the train movement actually lulled me to snooze-land.
Prices vary by date, but I found one-way NYC to DC coach tickets for roughly $29 and roomettes for $257. The difference is justifiable when you consider that a) you can split the cost of the room with a friend, and b) you don't lose a day of exploring to exhaustion. I always look for ways to cut costs when I travel, but spending an extra ~$100~ for a chance at three and a half hours of relaxation is worth its weight in gold.
Anywho, here's my three-word recap: It's worth it! Whet your wanderlust by browsing Amtrak routes that offer private Viewliner roomettes, and drop a note below if you've ever slept soundly on a moving train. And if you can't sleep, I suggest streaming the below:
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