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Know How Much You Should Tip at Hotels

In a USA Today interview Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration Professor Michael Lynn said, a third of the country doesn’t know to tip 15 to 20 percent at a restaurant.  Vivian Deuschl, a vice president for Ritz-Carlton, says tips are not mandatory payments, nor should hotel employees automatically expect them, but they are greatly appreciated and might help make your stay more pleasant.

 

  • Always cheek your bill, notice if freebies are included.  There are hotel spas, restaurants and room services automatically include a tip as part of the bill.  If this is the case that the tip is already included, there in no need for an additional tip necessary but a very small extra tip for exceptional service is up to you.  And if in the case that the tip is not included a 15 to 20 percent tip for room service, spa treatments and other services is good enough.

 

  • Give a tip for the maid everyday.  As of 2010, a $2 to $5 tip is sufficient, with higher tips being left if your room requires more cleanup than usual. “USA Today” recommends that you leave a smaller tip on a daily basis rather than a larger tip at the end of your stay to ensure that the person cleaning your room each day actually gets the tip.

 

  • Rather than when you drop off the car, tip your valet when he returns your car to you from the lot.  Independent Traveler and “USA Today” recommend a tip of $1 to $5, depending on the weather conditions: the worse the weather, the higher the tip.

 

  • And basing on the services the concierge provides, you may or may not give her a higher tip.  You are not obligated to tip if the service is simply asking for directions or recommending a place to eat but if the service is something more difficult, such as finding reservations at an elite restaurant or getting tickets to a sold-out show, a tip of $10 to $50 is in order.

 

  • For the bellhops, base your tip on the number of bags they carry.  And tips are normally ranging from $1 to $2 per bag, with particularly heavy bags garnering higher tips.