Gratuities can be tricky, but this handy hotel gratuity guide will help clear up confusion and this might surprise you. From the valet to the housekeeper, it feels like everyone has their hand out for a couple bucks, but did you know that you know that there is gratuity etiquette you should follow?
Tipping in the travel industry is a common debate. It’s not uncommon for experts to debate whether or not the services provided by some of the staff merit a tip. According to Emily Post, these positions deserve some cash.
Valet – The staff in charge of your vehicle’s stay is a firm position on the tip list. Generally, $2 for valet will suffice, but if you plan on running in and out or doing anything that requires the valet to hold the car out front, plan on tipping at least $20.
Door Staff – The staff at the door generally just open the doors for you, but if they go to the lengths of hailing a cab or helping you with luggage, make sure you hand them $1 or $2.
Bell Staff – The general standard for the bell staff is $2 for the first bag and $1 for each additional bag. For example, 3 bags would be a $4 tip.
Housekeeping – Depending on the size of the room, generally $2-$5 per night is sufficient. Make sure you leave the money in an envelope marked with a note it contains gratuity for the staff. A common location to leave the tip is on your pillow. You can leave it nightly or one large tip at the end of your trip. If you are staying in a suite or something with a kitchen, make sure you add a little extra.
No Tip Necessary Positions
Desk Staff – It’s not uncommon to slip them a few extra bucks for an upgrade, but generally speaking front desk staff do not require a tip.
Concierge – This is another hotel staff member that typically doesn’t merit a tip for general services. However, if you feel your concierge goes above the call of duty, say scoring you sold out tickets to an event, a tip is appreciated.
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