You leave your hotel room a whirlwind disaster in the morning and arrive back hours later to find it magically restored — looking as if no human ever has even thought of sleeping in those crisp bed sheets.
But it’s not magic. It’s hard work, and it's often under-appreciated. Because it happens so effortlessly, it's easy for hotel guests to forget that effort was, in fact, expended in the pursuit of pillow-mint perfection — usually by hard-working women who are rarely recognized for their labor.
Below, our guide to how much and when to tip at a hotel.
How Much To Tip
According to the , $1-$2 per day is a standard tip for hotel housekeepers. You should give porters and bellhops $1-$2 per bag if they escort you to your room, and $1 to the doorman for hailing you a cab.
The suggests leaving your housekeeper $1-$5 per day, with additional tips for special requests. For example, giving $2 to them at first for getting you an extra towels or blankets, and then $1 more for each additional request. You don’t need to tip a staffer, however, for replacing a broken or missing item.
It’s also customary to tip the concierge between $5-$10 (or up to $20 at luxury hotels) if they assist you inor event tickets. Tipping is often an investment toward exemplary service in the future: people are more likely to go out of their way for you if they know they can count on you to acknowledge their work.
Why You Should Tip Every Day
You may have a different housekeeper every day of your tip, so leaving one large sum in the room or with the desk at the end of your stay will create more confusion than good.
Instead, leave smaller amounts every day in the morning before your room has been cleaned. If you miss a day, ask the front desk the next day to pass it along to the housekeeping director or staff manager to give to the correct housekeeper.
Where And How To Leave The Tip
Some hotels do provide designated envelopes for tips. If not, leave the money in central spot in the room and clearly label it for housekeeping with a note. Housekeepers get (wrongfully) accused of stealing all the time, so it’s best toby being as clear as possible.
When To Speak To A Manager
We often only think to ask for a manager when experiencing poor service, but what about telling a staffer’s supervisor about how great they’ve been toward you?
It costs nothing, will take all of five minutes, and could be the anecdotal evidence that helps the employee secure that raise or promotion.
Doing nice things and spreading positivity usually makes you feel better. So, really, it's a win for all.
How To Tip In Other Countries
Tipping practices vary by country, which makes it a good idea to check with that region’s tourism board or to see what is customary before hitting the road.
In some countries, hotels will add a service charge to the entire bill. Per social etiquette in some Middle Eastern countries, tips should be discreetly given: placed in envelopes and passed off with a handshake.
As a rule: it’s usually fine to tip with American dollars in large metropolitan areas (including throughout Europe), but staff members in more remote areas will have a harder time exchanging them. Better to arrive supplied with small bills in the local currency.
Why Tipping Matters More Now Than Ever
In this #metoo moment, it's important to recognize that domestic work like hotel housekeeping is performed overwhelmingly by immigrant women of color who earn low wages for long days, spent scrubbing bathrooms and, often, dodging lecherous guests.
In Seattle, had reported experiencing sexual harassment or assault on the job. In Chicago, said they had been sexually harassed by a guest, and 49 percent said they had experienced a guest answering the door naked or otherwise exposing himself.
As we parse through the national dialogue, we can all put our money where our mouth and chip away at the long process of establishing a better status quo, just by practicing good etiquette and leaving a dollar or two for housekeepers.