Given it was the day of the St. Patrick's Day parade, South Station was a sea of green and with that came a lot of rowdiness, Club Acela provided a nice respite. Â The club is located around the corner from the ticketing office and up the stairs (ring the bell for entry!). Â When I arrived, the only other person there was the gentleman behind the desk who checked my ticket to make sure I was supposed to be there.
On the other side of the check-in desk were the soda machines dispensing Pepsi products and Green Mountain coffee options. Â There was a small fridge containing individual bottles of Tropicana orange juice and cranberry juices and bottled water. Â Finally, there was a selection of snacks - individual "100-calorie" portioned bags of goldfish crackers and mini pretzels along with individually packaged portions of Sarah Lee products (like a slice of pound cake). Â Adjacent to the snacks were stacks of the day's newspapers - you had your choice of The Boston Globe or the New York Times. Â All of this was complimentary.
The Acela Club itself is pretty nice with high, ornate ceilings contrasted with modern, minimalist furniture. Â The center of the club features three TV's while the permiter has desks, small tables and chairs if you prefer a more quiet setting. Â There is free wifi and a conference room you can reserve. Â The bathrooms are toward the back of the club (opposite end of the check-in desk) and are spacious and well maintained (i.e. clean).