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Hotel Gratuity Guide – Surprising Etiquette Tips You Might Not Know!


Hotel Gratuity Guide – Surprising Etiquette Tips You Might Not Know!

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.

Gratuity, Please

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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  1. Alli Smith says

    I always tip for all of these services when traveling. Good thing to know that I’m not leaving anyone out.

  2. Jeanette says

    I always have a hard time figuring out what to tip. This is a great guy and I’m going to pin it so that I can use it on my next trip.

  3. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says

    I always try to tip people that help me in various settings. When I’m not sure if I should tip or not, I usually research it online, so I can make sure I’m doing the right thing.

  4. Stephanie Jeannot says

    Tis is a good guide to go by. Honestly never considered the standard but this is good info to know.

  5. ricci says

    This is a great guide to hotel tipping!! I am never sure of when I should tip so I will definitely keep these tips in mind the next time I am traveling!!

  6. Gwendolyn Mulholland says

    This is a great reminder. I always forget to tip the housekeepers because I never have them come when I am staying more than one night. So I forget to leave something when I check out. I also think we need to remember to tip the person who brings room service. Sometimes it is included but not always.

  7. Amanda Simkin says

    I swear, one of the things that I swooned over with my husband while we were dating was how generous he was tipping people when we stayed in hotels. It showed his character so much and how much he respects and appreciates people.

  8. Rebecca Swenor says

    This is a great guide to tipping the hotel staff. It is good etiquette to tip when the tips are needed. I used to clean hotel rooms and was very grateful when I got tips. Thanks for sharing the guide.

  9. Inspiring Kitchen says

    Oh,I love this article. It is nice to remind people to show gratuity for a good service.

  10. Amanda Love says

    I haven’t practiced this until I started traveling a lot. I never realized at first that there’s a guideline or an etiquette when it comes to giving tips until a friend asked about it. I think this is very helpful and perfect for people who are traveling for the first time.

  11. Melissa Dixon says

    I always make sure that when I am planning the financial aspect of my trips that I include gratuity. I like to thank people with a generous tip when they go above and beyond!

  12. Dana says

    We usually tip the concierge as well if they help us to get reservations somewhere or tickets to an event.

  13. Kendall Rayburn says

    This is a great guide! I NEVER know how much to tip when traveling so this will come in handy!

  14. Terri Beavers says

    These are really great tips and much appreciated. I think it’s important to tip while on vacation or anytime a hotel is used.

  15. lauren happel says

    What a great list! It is important to tip those who you should tip when you are traveling!

  16. Susan Quackenbush says

    My husband and I take a lot of road trips up and down the West Coast so we’re always trying to calculate the best gratuity appropriate for the experience. This article really sheds some light on a few areas we hadn’t considered, thank you for sharing! 🙂

  17. Christina Aliperti says

    This is really helpful to know. I always feel like it’s a guessing game trying to figure out who to tip and how much.

  18. Laurie says

    It is important to know what is commonly expected with good service, than guessing and tipping too little. Great information, thanks for sharing!

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