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Old 06-24-2017, 09:16 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I wonder how many people really honestly tip the motel maids as they are leaving their room. I guess there is no way to find out except to ask the maids and I really don't know any who would give me the true facts.

I left a nice note about how clean the room was and a $20 bill at our last stay which was about 13% of my bill, but I wasn't paying full rate and not tipping based on full rate. If the maid cursed me as a cheapskate I suspect she was still quick to tuck that $20 into her pocket.

I've talked to several people who do not leave a tip for the maid. I wonder what the percentage is of people who do.

I don't feel the least bit guilty about the amount of the tip. That was what I had in cash, so that is what the maid got. I am tidy and don't cause extra work. I travel with dogs, paid an extra $40 to have the dogs in my room, but I know that doesn't go to the maids. The dogs didn't make any mess or extra work for the maid. The dogs are clean and well behaved, not allowed on the furniture and stayed in their crate while in the room..

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Old 06-24-2017, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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I'm guessing the people who don't tip the cleaning staff are either casual travelers or those content to stay at places like Super 8. Then again there's probably a significant overlap between the two. Frequent travelers and business travelers ought to know the drill by now.

I tip them not just on the day I leave but every day of my stay. That way the person who's doing the actual cleaning is the one who gets the tip. If you just leave a tip at the end of your stay, you never know if the person who collects it had any part in keeping your room clean during your stay. Also, I want myself, not the next guest, to be the primary beneficiary of whatever extra motivation a tip might bring to do a thorough job.
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Old 06-24-2017, 09:32 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I don't usually but I did on a recent road trip where I stayed at the same place going and coming. The "maid" was a young guy, maybe 16 or 17, doing the rooms by himself (a family owned place) who entertained himself by singing as he went from room to room. It was a little bit of a show just to see him bop along, seemingly as happy as he could be. He put a smile on the day from the start.
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Old 06-24-2017, 09:52 AM
 
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I always leave a tip,usually somewhere between $10-$20, these people are making minimum wage at best, i dont mind doing my bit to enhance their lives on a financial level.
My life has been blessed with good fortune,i can spread it around a bit.
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Old 06-24-2017, 09:59 AM
 
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I only tip on the last day of my stay, but I also keep the DND sign on the door. I don't need my room cleaned every day. If my stay is longer than a few days, I might take down the sign for one cleaning, and tip then.
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:07 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I usually tip each day since the cleaning staff may change & inadvertently the person coming on the day I leave may not have been the one cleaning my room the rest of the week.
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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We always tip on the first day and usually on each day of our stay. Seems to up the quality of the service by tipping from the get-go. If for some reason we were only going to tip once for a multiple night stay it would most definitely be the first day, not the last.
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:39 AM
 
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I'm guessing the people who don't tip the cleaning staff are either casual travelers or those content to stay at places like Super 8. Then again there's probably a significant overlap between the two. Frequent travelers and business travelers ought to know the drill by now.
I traveled for 30 years. At least 4 nights a week in a hote. All high end properties.

Our vacations were also at high end hotels and resorts.

I only tipped when someone went out of their way for me. Did something special, etc.

TIPS To Insure Proper Service
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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10 year road warrior here, though in the 90s. I had this conversation with my team once & what was interesting is that we were split down the middle. All the west coast staff never tipped maids & more than a couple had never even heard of it, all the east coast staff tipped between $1-2 night. I've always done the $1-2/night, left every day.
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Old 06-24-2017, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Forest bathing
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My sister works as a maid at a well-known hotel chain near an airport in Washington state. She earns $13.50 an hour after 11 years. And, when I say earned, she does, every cent. She occasionally gets tips but not many. She tells me some horror stories about the conditions the rooms are in after they are vacated. The worst are school sports teams. If it is too bad, she gets extra time and the occupants are contacted for restitution. She had always had minimum or slightly better jobs and will probably have to work until she is 70. Please help her and her fellow workers out by leaving a tip.
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