Post # 1
We are off to the USA in a few days. We don’t tip in Australia so I’m a bit unsure on some of the expected tipping specifics in the states. I know it’s 15 – 20% before tax for a meal generally, you tip taxi drivers, bar staff, bell hops etc. I just downloaded a tipping app though and it said $3-5 per day for housekeeping staff left in a marked sealed envelope in the hotel room? Is this right? I’ve never heard of this before so wanted to check. Do hotels provide envelopes in the rooms for this?
Post # 3
@Lollybags: Sometimes I leave a tip for housekeeping and it’s a few dollars and it’s left in cash on the table in the room, not in an envelope, but only if I’ve left the room a particular mess or if I’ve had a long stay and they’ve cleaned every day. That’s just my opinion and it’s usually $3-5 total, not per day. Maybe I’m a bad tipper, IDK.
Post # 4
I usually leave $3-5/day at hotels. It’s not necessary to leave an envelope, but a note will let them know they can keep the money. I usually just write thanks.
Post # 5
If I do leave money it’s never in an envelope. As a PP said I only leave money if I have stayed several days or if things are really messy! I usually forget otherwise! (And I’m an always 20% tipper at restaurants). I just asked FI and he tips the same way.
Post # 6
@futuremrsk18: Same here. I can’t say I’ve ever tipped at a hotel, but I’m not an especially messy guest.
Post # 7
I used to work as a housekeeper at a hotel and my favorite way to receive tip was when the guests would put it under the pillow, I thought that was really fun 😀
Anyway, very rarely would I get a tip from a guest everday of their stay, unless they were staying at least a week, then I might get tip few times. People will usually leave a tip when they are checking out though and it would be around 2-5$
Post # 8
@Lollybags: I always tip the hotel maid service. Usually a few dollars for each day but I leave it when we are leaving, with a note saying thanks for the week. Usually hotel staff like maids don’t make that much money, so if you feel they did a super fantastic job then feel free to tip more.
Post # 9
I used to work as a housekeeper. We had a lot of international guests. Americans would almost never tip us. The international guests (they were mostly Korean, Chinese, and Scandanavian) would generally tip us $1-2 on the pillows per night.
The hotel I worked at was more of an extended stay place. Most guests stayed at least a couple of weeks.
Tips aren’t expected, but they are nice, and they can get you extra nice service. I know I always gave the tippers the softer towels.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! Sounds like a tip per stay if its only a night or two or every few days for longer stays might be the way to go.
Post # 11
@Lollybags: Depends on how long you are staying but most service staff get very, very low wages and are basically having to clean up the most private messes you could ever leave, so a tip is always expected no matter what country you are in. If you had to scrub a strangers toilet i’m sure you would expect the same! I have worked in every aspect of hospitality and I have to say even a couple of dollars a day means a lot to the housekeeper, wait staff, anyone. It truly is the though that counts. It doesn’t take much to be kind! And, as Ennie mentioned, if you tip everyone just a bit every day you will most certainly get better service from everyone and have a happier, cleaner, cheerier experience!
Post # 12
I typically don’t tip in hotels but after this ill be trying to!
Post # 13
I always tip $5 a day. I’m not a messy guest, but I appreciate when my room is nice and clean. Also, if I do it daily instead of at the end of the week, they tend to make sure I’m stocked up on towels and toiletries.
Post # 14
@Lollybags: i used to work as a housekeeper so i know how hard the work can be. even though i am not a messy person in my room, i go a bit OTT by seriously organizing/cleaning the room before i checkout, i know that there are other rooms that the housekeeper will have that day that suck. typically i leave a happy note saying thanks and $3-5.