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Old 04-01-2018, 10:06 AM
 
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I've never tipped a maid in a hotel and I never will. I think all tipping should be abolished but that's another story. In CA where I live, servers all get at least min wage ($11/hr) so I find it ridiculous that I still have to tip here and don't have to tip say the cashier at Walmart who makes the same money
This is an interesting perspective. Are hotel maids treated like wait staff and paid less than minimum wage because tips are expected? Or are they paid minimum wage regardless? What if they're in a union. I expect this varies by state but would be good to know.
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Old 04-01-2018, 10:20 AM
 
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I'm curious what you think of my approach.. I've mentioned it before.. I check in, I hang the DND sign on the door and it stays until I check out. Never leave a tip, but all trash is in a can, towels in a pile in the bathroom.

From your standpoint.. Would you rather have someone like that, or someone who has you come in and make up the beds everyday but leaves a.. $10 tip for a 3-day stay?

I started doing that when I was working nights. I had to go to the front desk and explain to some of them why the DND was on the door all the time and to please make a note that I didn't want housekeeping, because I'd be asleep. I kinda just spread that out to anytime I'm at a hotel. After all, if noone is going in, nothing should come up missing, and we're all happy.
Interesting because nowadays in some hotels (Marriott, Hilton, for sure) you have to option of forgoing housekeeping service in exchange for some points in the frequent stay program. I usually opt for this for short stays because the only thing the maid does that is necessary is make the bed and I can do this in a couple minutes. Sure they clean the bathroom and nicely arrange my toiletries but that's not really necessary.
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Old 04-01-2018, 11:19 AM
 
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I stay at hotels frequently (about 80 nights last year, predominantly on business) and I don't tip housekeeping at hotels. Hotels are in the hospitality business. In other words, they are taking care of my needs whilst I'm travelling for business. Offloading of their duties on to me, such as making sure their maids are properly compensated, is anathema to the concept of hospitality. Business travel is enough of a burden without doing the hotels work for them. Daily tipping of the maid is one more thing that creates the burden of carrying enough cash in the correct denominations (I usually use credit for everything when travelling), judging the maids work, etc. (By the way, it really pisses me off when room service adds an 18% service charge and still leaves a line for a tip.)

Similarly, I did not cab drivers before the days of Uber and I generally don't tip in Uber unless I ask for something special (like loading my entire family's luggage).

I do tip in US restaurants because that's how the pricing is structured and it's the overwhelming expectation (except in California where the law requires that there is no reduced minimum wage for tipped employees). I would much prefer that restaurants move away from tipping for wait staff and pay their staff according to their value and work it directly into the price of the meal.
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:37 AM
 
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This is an interesting perspective. Are hotel maids treated like wait staff and paid less than minimum wage because tips are expected? Or are they paid minimum wage regardless? What if they're in a union. I expect this varies by state but would be good to know.
That usually the standard I use to determine if a tip is warranted or not. The federal government and most states have a minimum wage law that allows an employer to pay under minimum wage as long as the wage plus tips are equal or greater than minimum wage. However, hotel house keeping staff I am pretty sure are not compensated under this "tipped wage" rule. Obviously, food service waitresses are. As the person above said - waiters and waitress wages are structured for tips, hotel maids are not.

There is a hotel union - UNITE. Employees of several big hotel chains, Hilton and Hyatt among them, many of the big casinos, are unionized.
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Old 04-07-2018, 08:30 PM
 
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My daughter years ago, while in college, needed a summer job, so she worked as a hotel maid for a few weeks in a resort area. She said it was a terrible job and nasty messes abounded. I think this experience lowered her view of humanity.
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Ashland, Oregon
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The first time I heard of this was on a trip to Hawaii a few years ago. Every day, two envelopes with a name on each was left in the room; not always the same name. The chatter around the hotel was for five dollars per maid, per day. I have to say I resented this. Hawaii is a wonderful place but we got nickeled and dimed in every direction. A dollar for this, a dollar for that.... not to mention the $35.00 per day 'resort fee' on top of the room rate, which was an unexpected surprise. Extra money for beach chairs and/or umbrellas. I usually tip around 20% for things but didn't come around for tipping the maids. We left a tip at the end of the week for $30 and let them sort it out.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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So I was speaking on a popular Disney website and a poster said that they don't tip housekeeping because housekeeping is included in the price of the room.

Is this new? I've never heard this?
that is like saying, no need to tip the wait staff as their salaries are included in the price of the food.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:39 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Leave $1/day per person, it's hard work & they aren't paid much for the work they do. A certain kind of person will always look for some excuse to not tip waiters, maids, bartenders, skycaps, etc... Don't be one of them please.
yes, some people will look for an excuse not to tip, I call them cheapskates.
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:51 AM
 
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that is like saying, no need to tip the wait staff as their salaries are included in the price of the food.
No, it's not "like"....wait staff salaries are structured to accept tips as part of the pay, not so for hotel maids. See post #54.
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:38 AM
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Location: Eureka CA
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I always tip the maid.
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