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#1 emmsmama

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:03 PM

I'm curious what the standard is per night to leave for cleaning staff at a hotel.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:41 PM

Nothing?

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:51 PM

I must admit I've never given it much thought.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 09:11 PM

I usually leave $5 per night

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 09:24 PM

Nothing?

LMAO I avoided opening this because I wasn't going to reply and be the only one who looked like a cheapo!

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 09:49 PM

I've been leaving a dollar or two per night, but I wasn't sure what the standard was.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 11:34 PM

You're supposed to leave something?

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 11:40 PM

Nada!

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 07:04 AM

ONLY if I am there for more then 2 nights

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 07:10 AM

I never leave anything, didn't realize we had to tip them? Unless I'm there more than 2 days I don't usually allow them in to clean the room anyway. I don't like strangers being left alone in a room full of my things.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 07:17 AM

nothing for the most part. If I am there for more than 1 night and they do a great job I will leave something. Not more than 2 or 3 dollars per night though.

When I went to Disney I found info on DIS boards that it is common to leave $1 per person per day when staying at a resort there. So I did. If I ever go on my winter vacation to Cuba I will leave something also when I am there. But, those are both longer stays and when you live in a room for 5-7 days you do make more of a mess LOL.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 08:18 AM

I don't usually leave anything. I remember tipping when we were on our honeymoon - but at that time we pretty much tipped everyone we came in contact with LOL!

And yes, on the disboards, they say $1 per person per day. They do say too that the mousekeepers don't expect it, but it's a nice bonus.

The ones I really try to avoid tipping are the bellboys. It's tough to avoid if you stay somewhere fancy as I feel like el cheapo there. I have no problems carrying my luggage myself so I usually try to avoid letting them do it. But if they get my luggage, then I give a tip.

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#13 DivineMrsM

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 08:27 AM

When we went to Mexico, we tipped a few dollars each day.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 08:27 AM

haha nothing either.. I never even though of it to be honest.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 08:35 AM

... at least i don't feel bad now.... it never even occured to me to tip the cleaning staff.....

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 10:35 AM

Are they paid normal wages? I don't usually tip unless its a server or something, who makes less an hour. They are being paid, and they are just doing their job? I guess if we created a lot of mess, or whatever.. I'm not sure I'd give anything?

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 11:12 AM

I don't know what their normal wages are. I thought it was standard to leave a tip, but I guess not. I'll probably still just keep leaving $1-2/night.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 12:08 PM

I only tip in places like the caribbean where the staff is basically paid peanuts!

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 12:11 PM

you know, the more I think about this the more I realize I would NEVER tip at a hotel in north america....they charge me anywhere from about $80-150 a night and that is just a place to lay my head for normally no more then 8-10 hours...that should be more then enough tip! ;)

In the caribbean we usually pay that rate for a whole day which not only includes the hotel but activities, drinks, food, etc, etc. I realize we have a higher cost of living but I just still feel that our hotel rates are getting too high. JMO.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:37 PM

I found that if you tipped the cleaning staff right away (like in Mexico, or Dominican), they didn't really care to "work for it" anymore, or make fancy towels or give any extras because they already had you. The next time I'm only tipping on the last day, and that is only if they do a good job all week.
After we tipped they wouldn't even go in to clean our room until 3pm!!!! and even then, no restocking towels, just the very basics, making the bed!

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:39 PM

The cleaning staff has nothing to do with how much the hotel charges though. I just figured the cleaning staff didn't get paid much and I'm pretty sure I grew up thinking you tip a bit for the cleaning staff. I can't remember where I learned of the habit of tipping at a hotel.

Elaine, I hear you on carrying the bags. I don't stay at fancy places often, but I always dread a scene like in the movies where the bellhop is standing there with their hand out waiting for a tip lol.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:41 PM

I found that if you tipped the cleaning staff right away (like in Mexico, or Dominican), they didn't really care to "work for it" anymore, or make fancy towels or give any extras because they already had you. The next time I'm only tipping on the last day, and that is only if they do a good job all week.
After we tipped they wouldn't even go in to clean our room until 3pm!!!! and even then, no restocking towels, just the very basics, making the bed!



I'm wondering if it was just your staff at your hotel. Cuz we tipped every day and they were fantastic! New towel animal every day. Room done shortly after we left it. No complaints about our cleaning people.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 01:51 PM


I found that if you tipped the cleaning staff right away (like in Mexico, or Dominican), they didn't really care to "work for it" anymore, or make fancy towels or give any extras because they already had you. The next time I'm only tipping on the last day, and that is only if they do a good job all week.
After we tipped they wouldn't even go in to clean our room until 3pm!!!! and even then, no restocking towels, just the very basics, making the bed!



I'm wondering if it was just your staff at your hotel. Cuz we tipped every day and they were fantastic! New towel animal every day. Room done shortly after we left it. No complaints about our cleaning people.


I would think that if it only happened at one hotel. But this is every time we went to Mexico and the one time we went to Dominican. Dominican was worse though.

Edited to add that I didn't tip at all in Disney and they did the room everyday, perfect with animals towels too!!

Edited by Sam, 03 November 2010 - 01:53 PM.


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Posted 03 November 2010 - 03:23 PM

$1 or $2 a day. Usually nothing if it's just a one night stay.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 11:27 PM

I work in the housekeeping dept at the casino and the room attendants are supposed to report any tips left for them. I can tell you that tips range (the ones reported to me) from $1 and up but normally the average is up to $20. THey do not expect it as they get decent wages- it is just a bonus. Alot of times, people will just leave whatever change they have hanging around in their pocket- esp. if it's canadian change and they are not canadian ;) OR if a guest has special requests (and believe me there are LOTS of them).

As for me, the only time I have ever tipped is abroad.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 11:39 PM

It depends on where I'm staying.

If I'm in a higher end hotel (Fairemont, Intercontinental, Westin) and spending a few nights than I tip $5/night because the cleaning staff have a very demanding job and are basically run into the ground and never paid what they are worth, but if I'm in a regular hotel (Marquis, Holiday Inn, Travel Lodge) than I don't tip just because the cleaning staff at these places usually don't have very high expectations and do a very basic at best job (IMO of course).

I only ever tip for anything when I feel it is warranted and not just because someone thinks you should.

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 08:37 AM

We usually only tip when we are in the Carribean. We usually tip on the last day. We've never had any trouble with our room being cleaned and restocked. In Cuba, I left some money as well as all our travel shampoos etc. They were very appreciative! We made friends with one of the girls who was on the dance team in Holquin, Cuba. She invited us over to her apt. There was her, her parents, grandparents, and brothers living in a 2 room apt. No joke they had empty cans of pringles on the wall as decorations. Due to the trade restrictins they can't get anyhting in. They are grateful for anything given to them. I brought with me old t shirts and hats and they were a prized item for tips.

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 09:55 AM

I stay in hotels about 50+ nights a year. I don't tip. Resorts yes, or for extra long stays where we were 'living' basically for a week in a room, with kids so I know how easily it would get messed up, may have left something at the end of the week.

But as someone else stated, I am paying $150 per nite on avg and barely use the room. Dont think a tip is required on top of that.

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 10:48 AM

As far as I can recall I haven't personally left any money for tips when I have traveled and stayed in hotels. When I went to Europe with GG we all paid tips to the tour guide and bus driver.

When I went to BC by via rail for seven days we did leave tips at the end of the 3 days as they switch people.

Am going away in three weeks and as far as we are aware the tips are included but we can if want to leave a tip, if we do it would be at the end of our stay.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:07 PM

WE have never gone for more than 3 nights ever... but in Ottawa... 4 nights...

I left a $10 tip then.. Our room was kept so nice all week... but I just hope that it's the person that cleaned all week that did get the tip.. not the new staff one coming in....

I made sure... though that time..

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:53 PM

When we stayed at Frankenmuth for 4 days last month I left her $5 a day, I have been advised that when we go on our honeymoon to somewhere tropical to leave little gift bags as they can not accept money.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:36 PM

when i work as a cleaner in BC
i never got a tip :( lol

i never through of leaving one when i stay in one

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 09:27 PM

I only tip at resorts,as an incentive to not steal my stuff..lol..seriously.In a fine hotel,I only tip if my luggage is handled,or I get room service..or If a hotel staffer gave me great service.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 07:28 AM

I always leave a tip whether it is one night or more. I usually leave about $5.00. I worked in the hotel industry for many years. I worked in every department and know how hard of a job it is. Yes you are paid regular wages just like everyone else.

I always think about it and I am sure it is because I have been there.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 07:54 AM

Since we have the dogs, I have been staying at only certain hotels. I also have the boys and what with their snacks, they can leave a little bit of a mess to clean up. While I try and straighten up a little before we leave, I will purposely find the person who has to clean up after us on the day we leave. I do not let the staff in while we are staying, as we usually leave the dogs in the room. If I need anything I will go to the front desk and get it myself. I usually tip $1 for a each night we have stayed.