Hotel Tipping

by Claire Valenty on April 9, 2010

in Tipping

tipping hotel etiquette

When travelling away from home, unless you are bunking at Great Aunt Mildred’s cottage, the question of hotel tipping will inevitably arise. We already covered tipping housekeeping, tipping concierge/doormen and valet parking tipping in great depth, but, what about all the other service providers that work hard at the hotel to ensure that you have a comfortable and pleasant stay?

If someone brings your bags to and from your room, the norm is to tip them a dollar per bag (each way). If you order room service, 99% of the time, you will find the tip is already included on the bill as a “service fee”. You are able to add to this, if you feel it is warranted (maybe they prepared the room for your spouse’s birthday). If this service fee is not already included, you may add the appropriate 10-20% tip, depending on the level of service you received. If maintenance is called out to fix something in your room, it is not normal to tip them.

Bed and breakfast operators generally do not accept tips. This falls in line with not tipping the owners of a business. Some high end hotels are adopting a no hotel tipping policy and are building their tips into their room rates, similar to how cruise tipping is conducted these days.

If you are booking a tour or excursion through your hotel, keep in mind that you will still need to tip your tour guide. Depending on the length of the tour and the quality of service you believe they provided, a tour guide tip can range from $5-$20 per person.

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