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Acela Lounge

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Address: Penn Station, New York City, NY
Phone Number: 646-346-6855

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quiet and clean enough

It's not as nice as the one in Boston but still good to have a coffee and snack while you wait for your train. Bathroom is clean. The staff is pretty harried but friendly if you... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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148 reviews 148 reviews
30 attraction reviews
442 helpful votes 442 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It's not as nice as the one in Boston but still good to have a coffee and snack while you wait for your train. Bathroom is clean. The staff is pretty harried but friendly if you approach them. A couple of muted TVs show news. Lighting is kept pleasantly low. Several sandwich shops and bars are very close by if... More 

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New York, NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I had to take the Acela to Boston to be there by a certain time. Sat in the Acela lounge for the first time. The seat is pretty much like the regular lounge and only separated from it by a low glass fence. I have no complaints, but certainly wouldn't pay anything extra for it if it didn't come with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I live in the Metro Boston area and had a position that required several monthly on sight meetings in DC. I had three options, drive, fly, or train. Since I've driven several times in the past the drive option was out. Flying today is a zoo. You go to an airport 2 hours early to get packed onto a plane... More 

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Pittston, PA
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143 reviews 143 reviews
23 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Not up to the snuff of airline lounges, but still affords a family an early opportunity to board a train and we found the red caps very attentive and friendly. Services were lacking but it easily served its purpose.

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New York, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I don't even know where to start to talk about this place, which could be mistaken for the seventh ring of Hell. The staff is incredibly unfriendly. Their main tasks seem to be stocking the refreshment area with junk food in plastic wrap, barking at customers who are trying to enter the lounge, announcing trains and calling Red Caps. But... More 

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Perth, Australia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
14 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The Club Acela lounge at Penn station is not as good as airline lounges, and the entire First Class experience underwhelming. We booked a Red Cap, but when called to the desk, were rudely told he was gone. One Red Cap trying to look after everybody just doesn't work. The desk staff are not very friendly and the lounge is... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

There weren't a ton of reviews out there on Acela's first class, so I really struggled with whether I should pay the extra or just stick to the quiet car. I should have chosen the latter. The food choices were limited, and the service was sub par. If you are expecting an experience similar to an airline's first class, like... More 

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142 reviews 142 reviews
23 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I do take the Acela all the time from Boston to Penn Station. The train is fine but not cheap and it really beats flying. The lounge in Penn Station is a bit sad. It is dark and the seats are a bit worn. There are free soft drinks and coffee, but do not expect the equivalent of an Airline... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
55 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Since there is nowhere for me to review the Acela Express itself, I will use this space to do so and will end with some comments on the Acela Lounge. I have traveled quite extensively by train in Europe and, to a lesser extent, in other parts of the world. Firstly, in my opinion, the Acela Express, which we took... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We travelled on Acela Express twice during our trip (Boston - Washington DC, and Washington DC - New York). The first trip we travelled in First class, and the second trip, Business class (Acela only has two classes). After the first trip, we were impressed by the service and experience. We were served refreshments regularly, assistance with our bags, and... More 

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