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We have just returned from round trip LAX-Seattle. We are OLDER and found the sleeper room to be uncomfortable. The chair needs to be in an office-it is hard to sit on any length of time - certainly not a comfortable lounge chair. The upper bunk is not for an OLDIE as it is difficult to get into and out of. The northbound compartment toilet was very small. A large person would find it very difficult to use. The southbound was the older refurbished car with more room in the toilet compartment. He gets up several times per night to use the toilet, the reason for us to take the sleeper w/toilet.
The cabin attendants were great, eager to please.
I found the seats in coach to be more comfortable, even if it meant sitting up to sleep which I did more than once.
The food was tasty, but the presentation was lacking, both on the plate and the table service. Most who ate in the dining car were the sleeper passengers since meals were included.
Very few coach passengers ate in the dining car probably due to the high prices. Dinner from $16-$25. I understand the $25 steak was good, but the pasta dishes not worth $16. Lunch also pricey. Grilled cheese sandwich - which was good - priced at either $7 or $9.
I suggest that instead of the sleeper room with toilet, an older couple get 2 individual sleep units - across the isle from each other so both have a lower bunk at bed time. Each sleep unit has 2 seats that face each other so if you need togetherness in the day time that is possible, but would allow for more comfortable sleeping arrangement. The bathroom is just down the hall close by and no one really cares if you are in your pajamas.
I love trains, but feel we have taken our last long overnight trip.
I hope my comments help in making your travel decisions.