Four Etiquette Rules for Hotel Tipping
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.