1 September - Washington DC to New York
Pics today only of our New York room.
This morning we flagged down a cab outside the apartment building after breakfast for the short ride to the Union Station. We have waked it previously more than once but with all our luggage it was not an attractive option. We enquired on arrival at the Amtrak desk and were told to go to gate K. We did so but there was no room to sit and we had around 45 minutes before the scheduled departure so we went to a nearby store for tea and coffee while we waited. We had direct line of sight to the gate lounge so what was the risk?
We noticed the line extending outside the gate lounge and down the concourse. We initially thought the line was for another train using the same gate lounge so we didn't worry. Out of curiosity I got up and walked up to a Amtrak attendant to ask if that was the line for the New York. Sure enough it was. D'oh! So we got our luggage and joined the end of the line. We boarded and we had to walk forward through a few carriages but eventually found some coach seats. We didn't purchase Business seats this time.
The train trip was brisk but uneventful. It took around 3.5 hours travelling at speed of up to 110 miles per hour between stops. At Penn Station we had trouble finding a taxi big enough for the four of us and our luggage. Traffic was heavy and moved slowly.
The Hotel Receptionist saw we were staying 5 nights and offered us a complimentary upgrade to a spacious suite with separate living room as well as a bedroom and bathroom. The outlook out the window isn't great but given we have so much time here we will gladly take it.
We walked a few hundred metres to Grand Central Station and had a look around the shops as well as purchasing weekly subway tickets to help us get around. On the way back we spotted a number of restaurants for breakfast and dinner. Indian food tonight we think. We made enquiries with our concierge about getting tickets to some Broadway shows. Nothing under US $100 per seat at present for the shows we would like to see.