According to a recent survey, 41% of Americans don't think you need to tip the maid at hotels. 46% said you should leave a tip. And 13% weren't sure.

So what do etiquette experts have to say about it? The short answer is yes, you should definitely leave a tip. Here are four rules they say to follow:

  1. Tip at least a dollar per night. That's the bare minimum. Some experts say two bucks a night. And if it's a nice resort or they did a great job, up to five bucks a night.
  2. Try to do it every day. You might have different people cleaning your room. So don't just leave one big tip at the end. Space it out.
  3. When you leave a huge mess behind, tip more. If you have a big family or threw a raging party, leave a few extra bucks for the hassle.
  4. If you want to be really nice, leave them a note as well. Most hotel rooms have a notepad and pen. Then leave your tip next to the note, so they know who it's for. Just don't leave a note INSTEAD of a tip. They'd rather have the cash.

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