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Old 08-13-2008, 02:00 PM
 
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i have tipped in italy--and they may not expect a tip, they do appreciate it. some places DO expect one. i dont know where people get this "they dont tip in europe". it is included in the restaurant bill, but i have tipped the person carrying my bags, i have tipped the chamber maids--who by the way have let me know how much they appreciate it and how little they are paid.
the same has happened to me in the US and canada. chaimber maids dont get paid much and appreciate the tips.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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On an in and out business type stay where I only use the bed and never touch the glasses, icebucket or the like, I sometimes dont, but on longer vacations where I actually "use" the room, I used to like to leave something at the end, simply because I don't like having to dole out little sums all the time, but then I realized that since the maids would change, I may be tipping someone that hasn't worked on my room at all, and I see the room change as more of an operating procedure than a service, so I sometimes do a little every couple of days on a longer stay.

I regulate my tip by service quality though, because I also agree that this, unlike waitstaff, is a generous, above and beyond thing to do, so I wouldn't tip a Ritz maid for Travelodge service. I do think that the good goes around, however. Once on vacation in the Dominican Republic, I had no small bills to tip the airport porter, and spent about 5 minutes to get a $20 changed so that I could. Out of gratitude that I went out of my way, they ushered me past the (rather long) checkin line, past the first class section right to the front. I'd say it was worth the couple dollars.

I also like to leave something extra if I have a request or two, if for nothing else than perhaps just to spark their memory a little
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Norcross GA
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I tip because it is the American thing to do! I feel blessed that I don't have to clean toilets behind strangers.
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I generally tip a dollar or two, and almost always notice that the maid has made some special effort - left extra coffee, arranged my stuff in the bathroom on a cloth, something like that.
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:30 PM
 
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I read that 2 dollars per person per night is the target amount. I suppose this could vary depending upon the hotel level (motel vs. luxury resort!) Also, it could vary upon quality of service - after all, isn't tipping supposed to be a reward for good/excellent service?
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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If it's a 1 night stay on an interstate, we don't usually tip. If we're staying someplace for several days, we tip $5 per day, especially if they do a great job!
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Laguna Woods, CA
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We never tip for maid service. At the going rates for hotels, let management pay their helps' wages....think about it..what do you get for those lofty prices..a bed, a television, a bathroom with a shower, a carpet, a place to write or compute, a hair dryer, some plastic glasses, soap and shampoo.

We hang the "Privacy" sign on the door for the length of our stay....usually no more than three days. If we need more coffee or extra towels, I go to the desk and ask for them. We don't need maid service. We police the room ourselves, and we hate to leave valuable lying around for others to steal, so we simply ask that they not come in until we leave.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:18 PM
 
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Actually I never knew we were 'supposed' to until a friend of mine and I went to a 3 day convention a few years back. Ooops.
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:41 AM
 
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We always tip the maids when we travel. They work hard and don't make much. We tip $5.00 per night.
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:43 AM
 
Location: South Mississippi
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Default Maids have a tough job

I always tip around $3 per night by leaving the money on the pillow for the maid. A few years ago I realized how much service you're getting from hotel housekeeping versus a restaurant server that takes your order, checks on you a time or two and thats it. We have always been generous tippers with servers and I decided that even if we had to cut back on restaurant tipping to leave something for the housekeeping staff we would do it. For instance, I know you're supposed to tip on the subtotal (amount before tax) but we usually tip on the total bill.
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