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Tipping Housekeeping?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by lmking1224, Jul 5, 2015.

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  1. lmking1224

    lmking1224 Low-Roller

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    Do you guys tip housekeeping? I haven't tipped in any hotel I've ever stayed in, and now I feel guilty. It's not that I'm cheap -- I always tip waitresses and bartenders 25% if they are decent, since I used to work in the service industry -- it's that I really didn't know this was a thing.

    Now that I've read that others tip housekeeping, I am embarrassed that I haven't done so.

    That said, we do put the "DND" sign on the door and just ask for extra towels, since I feel weird having someone in our room when all of our "stuff" is in there...it's not even about stealing, it just feels strange...

    But I suppose I should be tipping housekeeping when I leave?

    I'm very embarrassed for being a "cheapskate."

    Do you tip housekeeping? If so, how much?
     
  2. vwhiten

    vwhiten High-Roller

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    We tip housekeeping $5 a day - Some times we keep the DND sign out- the next day if we want housekeeping to clean we leave $5 - we don't double up for the day we had them skip us. I also pick up after myself and tidy the room. If you stay a couple of days and don't use housekeeping I would tip $5 when I leave if they haven't been in the room -- I have walked by some rooms when they have the door open -- Some people are huge pigs/sloths -- I feel sorry for those housekeepers.

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  3. lmking1224

    lmking1224 Low-Roller

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    Thanks for your response!

    I am so used to picking up and cleaning up at home that I do it in the room...I always wipe down the sink/counter/bathtub/toilet every time that I take a shower or am in the bathroom period. I always wipe down something in the bathroom, even if I'm only in there to use the bathroom or brush my teeth. My husband is a slob, so I'm used to doing it at home and just consider it a habit.

    I always gather all of the towels and put them in the tub, with the shower curtain open, so that they are easy to gather.

    I always throw away all trash and tie up the bags and leave them by the door, wipe up any spills, etc, before we leave. I even make up the bed, even though I know the bedding will be changed, just so it doesn't look like we left like slobs.

    I try to leave the place like I found it, but I do feel guilty now. I'll tip housekeepers now.
     
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  4. Hobofrank

    Hobofrank Prime Minister of Idiocracy

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    I'm with wvwhiten, $5 for each day I actually have them clean
    they make like $4/hr and some of these people really really trash their rooms and HC just has to suck it up

    when you hand it to them in person their eyes light up, that alone is worth the $5
     
  5. Piggylane

    Piggylane Well-Known Member

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    Not in Las Vegas. They are paid around $30K a year with union benefits plus tips.

    I tip the first day the determine the level of service to determine whether they're going to get anything else, particularly in Las Vegas and other large cities where they're better paid. In smaller Podunk towns I will tip every day unless they disappoint me. It's a service. If you aren't happy with the service complain and don't pay for it. If you are happy with it, tip. As I travel for business we have guidelines for tipping, capped at $5 a day regardless of where we stay or how much the room costs. Anything more and it's out of my pocket.
     
  6. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    This is going to sound sneaky of me, but hey - it's better than most guests leave, so I'm ok with the tactic:

    I leave $5 on the first morning... this has the effect of giving me a very-well serviced room.
    For the second and third mornings, I leave $2 or $3, but the quality of the room clean-up remains high (perhaps hoping for the $5 again on morning #3)

    (But if I leave any written special requests, I always leave a $5)
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  7. Candy Apple

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    I leave $2.00 a day on the pillow.
     
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    I leave $5 a day in a regular room or jr suite. If I'm in a larger suite, $10. There is often a gratuity envelope in the room.
     
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    We keep our room pretty neat....always throw any trash in the can not leaving junk sitting on tables or nite stands. All used towels are in a pile and I make sure to arrange toiletries in a corner of bathroom counter. What I do at home just carries over to the hotel room. I leave $3 a day on my pillow with a thank-you note. I don't change the amount if we get bad service one day because the person coming in that day may not be the one who did a less than good job.
     
  10. KevinF2020

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    $2-5 a day on the pillow with a thank you note, only on days we actually get housekeeping service. We tip everyday we get service, not just at the end, because the housekeeper might be different on different days.
     
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    $5 a day because of the different staff on different days.
     
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    Try supporting a couple kids in an expensive city on $30K and benefits. We tip daily unless the housekeeper does a crappy job.
     
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    $5/day and I keep my room very neat... for me... I also don't subscribe to this baloney of trying to figure whether or not they have good dental benefits, etc.
    I sincerely appreciate coming into a room every night that looks like I'm the first one to ever sleep there. I know some don't tip, which is another reason why I do... I glance in the other rooms as I walk down the hall and whoa... some of those folks that like to pack 6-8 in a room to make the costs pencil really leave the maids a mess.
     
  14. ExVegasLocal

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    $5 per day, left on the pillow. And I tidy up the room before I leave it. The least I can do is throw away the trash, organize my belongings, and gather the dirty towels.

    I have often tipped a speedy cocktail server $5 for a round. I see no reason why the person who cleans my bathroom should receive less.
     
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    It is rare that I spend more than three nights in a row in a hotel room. I almost always leave the do not disturb sign on. I or we are pretty neat so no need to have anyone in the room dAily. If I need an extra shampoo I will grab one from the cart and tip the maid right there. Otherwise a five on the pillow on departure.
     
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    In Vegas we tip min $10 per day, we are spending a lot of money on other services, gambling, dining it does not make sense not to tip.
     
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    $5 a day whether I have them clean the room or just get towels
     
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    $5 a day on the pillow, more if I have any requests ie extra shower gel, pens etc
     
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    Generally yes, but it is not a priority. If I stay somewhere for one night and I don't have anything smaller than a 20 I am not going to go out of my way to get change and I am not leaving a 20 so they get nothing. For longer stays I will usually leave a 10 or 20 the last day, I don't have a set formula but it usually is less than $5 per night that a lot of people have mentioned.
     
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    I always leave $5.00 per day with a note that it is for housekeeping.
     
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