(Closed) Gratuity Rate at hotel

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1882 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hummm that seems like a lot to me. I think ours was 18-20% plus tax. Are you including tax in that number?

Post # 4
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We didn’t have a gratuity in our hotel reception room/catering bill, but we did have a 21% service charge.  Are you sure the percent fee is an acutal gratuity and not some service charge/fee?  Because if it’s a service charge, those working the reception won’t see any of that gratuity.  We did ask about lowering the service charge rate and they said it was a firm rate, but they were able to adjust numbers in other areas instead.  I think your best bet would be to work on the other areas of the bill since those post-total things are usually non-negotiable.

Post # 5
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours was 23% too at The W Hotel in NYC..

Post # 7
4822 posts
Honey bee

Ask- tell them you are not comfortable locking in at that number and would like to set it at 18% and will tip additional if you feel the service warrants it. The worst they can say is no.  They won’t tell you not to book with them and it could save you a ton.

Post # 8
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Give them examples of other comparable hotels in the area charging a lower percent and ask them to match it.

Post # 9
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We had to do a 20% gratuity, on top of DC’s 10% restaurant tax. It did not even occur to me to try to negotiate the rate. Best of luck to you! Requiring you to pay more than 20% in gratuity does not seem right to me.

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