Post # 1
wondering what people’s experiences are on lowering the gratuity rate that hotels charge on the wedding prices for the food / bar?
we are close to signing a contract, but the gratiuity rate is 23%. wondering what we can ask that to be lowered to?
Post # 3
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
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
Ours was 23% too at The W Hotel in NYC..
Post # 6
it says gratuity on the proposal…just double checked! sales tax is additonal, so the total tax is 31.75%!
they’ve lowered many things, so i’m hesitant to ask for a 1 – 2% reduction on this little thing…but it seems like a lot!
Post # 7
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
Give them examples of other comparable hotels in the area charging a lower percent and ask them to match it.
Post # 9
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.