In the middle of planning a trip, booking flights, and packing your stuff, it seems like it’s a heavy job these days. However, many people forget about one thing that should be remembered also—either in regards to budget and just in general— is that technically it’s encouraged to tip the staff members whenever you spend the night at a hotel.
There are some hotels that don’t have a bellman and concierge. And even if you’re checking in at a budget property without lavish bed sheets and silk bathrobes, there would still be staff members who deserve a tip—especially a housekeeper who fixes your bed and change your towels. But for more high-end hotel accommodations, the tipping of other service people including valets and room service waiters is both normal and acknowledged.
How Much Should You Give for Tips?
Since tipping is a form of rewarding remarkable service, there is no way to determine what’s appropriate across the board. Just tip according to your own judgment, and be knowledgeable that standards may be different from one country to the next. Here is a general guide for tipping and some of them may be optional:
- Shuttle Driver: $2
- Valet: $2 – $5 (give more if the weather is really bad)
- Doorman: $1 – $4 (for calling a cab and/or assisting with luggage)
- Bellhop: $1 – $2 per bag
- Concierge: $5 – $20 (if they’re good listeners and attentive; for simple queries such as directions, no tip is necessary)
- Room Service: 15 – 20 percent of the bill (not necessary if the tip is involved)
- Housekeeping: $2 – $5 per night (the dirtier you are and the room, the higher the tip)
- Coat Check: $1 – $2
Who Should I Tip?
As guests, your tipping depends on two aspects: how dependent staff member is on tips, and how satisfying the guests feel their services were. You may want to tip the valet and bellhop staff since they are the most dependent on it because they normally work below or at minimum wage. This applies the same for in-house bartenders. Housekeepers usually receive tips the least frequently with less than 25 percent of rooms leave tips for them. Meanwhile, guest service agents including those who assign rooms, greet arriving guests, issue keys, and collect guest payment and billing information, are not dependent on tips but they are appreciative of them. Even the concierge team works the same hourly rate as the guest service agents, so tipping them is more customary.
If You are Satisfied, Don’t Hesitate to Give
Although most hotel staff workers are getting an hourly rate, their pay does not cover some worker fees. This means that service fees are not included in their compensation. Plus, not all hourly rates are created equal because workers get paid at least minimum wage or higher depending on the position. Bottom line is, if you’re the type of guest who likes to tip upfront because you assume great service in return, higher is the possibility that you’ll get disappointed than guests who tip in response to great service. Tipping is not an obligation all the time especially if you don’t have the cash. You can mention instead an employee by name on a survey or in a note to a manager. Incentives will be given by the manager to those staff members. But if you have the wealth, then why not share it?
Author Bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, one of Australia’s luxury hotels providing accommodation in Parramatta and great historical Sydney experience for tourists. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.