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14 December 2008 @ 02:47 pm
On tipping hotel staff  
(I was reading someone else's journal, on when and how one should tip massage therapists, and was reminded of something I learned at International this year.)

When you stay in a hotel, you tip the cleaning staff, at least $1 per person in the room per day. (I learned this about 20 years ago.)

You tip every single day, not at the end of your stay, because the same person doesn't necessarily clean your room every day. (I learned this about 10 years ago.)

This is the new thing I learned at International. You do not tip by leaving the money on the dresser, top of television, bedside table, or any other hard surface furniture, even with a note. You tip by putting the money on the pillow, so there is no question whatsoever that it's deliberate and meant for the cleaning staff.

Who knew?
You're out of adventures :(claire on December 14th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about the pillow thing. But it sounds like it makes sense and I shall do this from now on.
fae dobhranladyotterfae on December 14th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Hrm. interesting. My mom taught me to leave it on the table, but we always leave it with a note addressed to housekeeping, with thanks in either english and/or spanish.
Good point on the every day thing, though. If I actually ever let them clean between days, I'll keep that in mind. :)
madshutterbug: Ninja Pyrates!madshutterbug on December 14th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
The person who taught me this bit, about tipping housekeepers, also taught me about putting it on the pillow.

On several trips recently, when one or another of the ot-tarz accompanied me (for various photo opportunities after a conference, say), rather than leave it on the pillow, alone...

The Ot-tar held it, with a Thank-You note, for the housekeeper.

And on a couple occasions, the Housekeeper left a note with the Ot-tar, thanking me.
~M~je_reviens on January 12th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oh! What a lovely mental image!
amaebiamaebi on December 14th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Former maid here
Wow. Well, I didn't.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on December 15th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
I knew about putting the money on the pillow, but I have no idea when or where I learned it.
Steffirecat on December 15th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
$1 per person per day seems too low. I mean, that's how much I tip per bag to the bellhop, who certainly spends less time transporting my bags than the housekeeper spends cleaning my room.

I tip the housekeeper $5 per day regardless of the number of people in the room (usually 1 or 2).

I put the money on the table with a note, and I guess that's OK because sometimes the housekeeper writes me a note on the back of my note.

I can see how the pillow guideline is a good idea for people who are staying in a place where they don't speak the language of the housekeepers.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 15th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
I generally tip $2/person/day; more if we've trashed the room. (My definition of "trashed the room" has gotten a lot broader over the years; it now includes things like "wasn't able to wash all my makeup out of the washcloth".)
Dr. Ben Mack: Prominent User of the Internetepi_lj on December 15th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Wouldn't that require you to have made the bed? Our pillows are usually in disarray.

I always tip by leaving it on the table, places in an open area away from anywhere else, with a note that includes a smiley face. (I also tip $5 a day.) I have never once had them not take it, and usually they write "Thanks!" on the note. Admittedly, this is generally in Canada and the U.S.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 15th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Not completely, just to put one pillow flat and put the tip there. At least, that's what the speaker said.
babalon_it on December 15th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! I always wondered.
My Yuki's Fan Clubakcipitrokulo on December 15th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Didn't know that - I tend to take one of saucers & leave it on desk by itself... pillow is easier :-)
Stormy Weatherororo on December 15th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
I was told about the pillow rule just recently.
~M~je_reviens on January 12th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
That is excellent! I am the queen of etiquette and yet I never knew that. Will apply next time -- thanks!

PS came here by way of ysabetwordsmith