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Northern Piper
06-03-2008, 02:33 AM
When I travel in the US, I sometimes hear that I should tip the maids who do the hotel room. I don't recall ever hearing that in Canada. What's your practise, and which country are you in?

Cunctator
06-03-2008, 02:39 AM
No, I don't tip the maids. I wouldn't tip any of the hotel staff. But I'm in Australia and we tend not to tip.

Sleeps With Butterflies
06-03-2008, 03:43 AM
Yep, I do. For an average hotel I go $2 a night. Nicer than average? $3-5. I tip each day instead of the end of my trip since it may be a different person from day to day.

Sampiro
06-03-2008, 03:53 AM
I usually do $2 for the first day, $1 for each subsequent day, and a max of $5.

CairoCarol
06-03-2008, 06:03 AM
Depends on what country I'm in - not in Singapore, and not in the 5-star hotels in Jakarta (maybe I should). In smaller, cozier facilities in Indonesia, I do what a lot of people do - give the proprietor a lump sum of money when I leave, to be distributed as s/he sees fair among the various workers.

In the US, I do it if I remember, and I feel guilty when I don't. Not sure how much I would leave as I haven't been in the US in a while, but $2/day sounds right.

Khadaji
06-03-2008, 06:04 AM
I usually do not. Perhaps I should, but I do not.

Audrey Levins
06-03-2008, 06:20 AM
As an adult I've never spent more than one night at a hotel or motel, and I've never left a tip because I've never even seen housekeeping....

But from what I understand, if you are staying at a hotel wherein people tidy your room while you're gone, because you're spending several nights, and they leave you fresh towels for the following day, etc., you should leave them a few bucks.

This is only what I've gathered; I haven't been in this situation because I never get to take real vacations. Dammit.

Omniscient
06-03-2008, 06:27 AM
I'm pretty generous a tipper but this in one instance where I just don't. Partly because I hope to never see or have contact with the maid and tipping people who you don't interact with just doesn't seem to make that much sense. Having them in and cleaning my room isn't something I particularly want, I usually leave the do not disturb sign up all weekend and request towels as needed. I keep my stuff in there, I don't want some minimum wage employee mucking about. Lastly, since I tend to sleep in on vacations there's been a lot of occasions where a maid has woken me up with their damn persistent knock and just barged into my room unannounced. I have a adversarial relationship with them generally speaking.

No tips. Daily maid services in a hotel is the equivalent of the squeegee guys running up and trying to wipe down my car window at an intersection and then expecting a tip. Service not wanted or requested. Clean up when I check out. Tipping a maid is like tipping a bus boy.

sandra_nz
06-03-2008, 06:38 AM
Lastly, since I tend to sleep in on vacations there's been a lot of occasions where a maid has woken me up with their damn persistent knock and just barged into my room unannounced. I have a adversarial relationship with them generally speaking.
Do you not use the 'do not disturb' sign? Or have you stayed at hotels where they've ignored it?

lobotomyboy63
06-03-2008, 06:47 AM
I've never heard of tipping the maid, although it does bring an image to mind....

But seriously, if it's done in the US does it apply primarily to fancier hotels? Sort of like you wouldn't dream of tipping at McDonald's but in fancier places you of course would. I only stay at places like Motel 6, which are basic and chosen for that reason.

Omniscient
06-03-2008, 06:49 AM
sandra_nz

... I usually leave the do not disturb sign up all weekend and request towels as needed. ...

Damned if I know what they are thinking. Frankly it's the lack of thinking thats the cause I'm sure.

threnodyangelfire
06-03-2008, 07:47 AM
It depends where I am.

If I'm in a hotel say, in inner city Sydney that has cost a bomb to just stay in, then no I don't tip. I assume it's included in the hotel bill and that staff are getting paid to market. (which in australia, as I understand it, is ok)

Somewhere like Bali, where I'm not assured that on the whole the money filters down to the staff, I tip a few bucks here and there.

burundi
06-03-2008, 08:03 AM
I do. $2 a night. One time when some friends and I really trashed a room, we left a $40 tip. I've heard from folks who used to work as hotel maids that you should leave your tip under your pillow. If you just leave it on the nightstand, sleazy managers will sometimes take it before the maids get in to clean.


But seriously, if it's done in the US does it apply primarily to fancier hotels? Sort of like you wouldn't dream of tipping at McDonald's but in fancier places you of course would. I only stay at places like Motel 6, which are basic and chosen for that reason.
I tip the same at basic motels, as long as they're clean. I figure the maids there probably get paid less and can use the money more.

Walkabout
06-03-2008, 08:11 AM
I don't. They're already being paid to clean the room, and I feel that that is part of what I'm already paying for.

Lunar Saltlick
06-03-2008, 08:19 AM
I tip a few bucks in most hotels, more if it's a larger place with higher standards, larger rooms, and thus more work for the staff. I leave it each night, for the reasons mentioned above. I'm currently in Canada, but I do this no matter where I'm travelling, unless I'm in a country where I know that it's really not expected.

shiftless
06-03-2008, 08:35 AM
Yes. I tip $1-2 a day and I have worked in the industry (not as a maid though). The work sucks, the wages suck and you would be surprised at what the chamber maids put up with. If you are the type of person that uses a bellhop (who get's $1-2 for carrying a single bag) then the maid should get some too. Ditto if you are the type of person who pees on the floor or tracks sand in and thinks it's OK to yell at the staff for sand on the floor.

I tend to base the tip on the price of the room - If I'm spending $150 a night for a room I figure I can spare a couple of bucks for the maid who only makes minimum wage.

bbs2k
06-03-2008, 08:37 AM
If I'm staying in a hotel/motel/inn for more than one night I will leave the "Do Not Disturb" marker on the door. I prefer privacy for my belongings rather than a made bed and fresh towels.

I tip if I've left any sort of mess.

twickster
06-03-2008, 09:11 AM
I do, but I worked as a motel maid during my college and post-college years. $2/night.

TokyoBayer
06-03-2008, 09:15 AM
Living in Japan where they don't do tipping I sometimes foget.

One time I stayed at the Beverly Hills Hilton, and I think I didn't leave a tip. The maid reported that I didn't pay for my bar tab, and they tried charging my card $30.

Dammit, still pisses me off, from 14 years later.

psycat90
06-03-2008, 09:40 AM
Yes always.

$3 to $5 per night. I tip per night and I leave the cash with a piece of paper that says 'Thank you!' so they know it is for them and not just cash lying around.

Oh, and that is regardless of any mess I've made, which is usually minimal anyway. I never leave trash about and all of my towels get thrown in the tub, etc.

Telemark
06-03-2008, 09:54 AM
Yes, always. $2/night is my usual.

BetsQ
06-03-2008, 10:14 AM
I never do. Well, I think we did after a particularly poor decision to let our five year old eat pizza while sitting in bed and watching TV, but other than that, no.

Balthisar
06-03-2008, 12:41 PM
When I travel in the US, I sometimes hear that I should tip the maids who do the hotel room. I don't recall ever hearing that in Canada. What's your practise, and which country are you in?
Funny, when I lived in a hotel in Canada for a year, I did tip the maid. It was a run of the mill Marriot-branded long term type of place. If I were staying that that type of place and lower for only a night or two, I wouldn't bother. But when living there for such a long time, it just seems appropriate to leave a tip. Mostly we left the "no service" sign hanging on the door except for two to three times per week, so it wasn't a daily tip. My wife chatted with the Spanish-speaking staff from time to time, and reported to me that tipping wasn't unusual, but was far from the norm. So… maybe mostly other Merkins?

$3 to $5 per night. I tip per night and I leave the cash with a piece of paper that says 'Thank you!' so they know it is for them and not just cash lying around.
Same here. Despite that in some hotels, they won't take the money anyway. I figure that if I'm obstinate enough and leave it there when I leave the room for checkout, they'll be forced to take their tip.

Asimovian
06-03-2008, 12:58 PM
Usually $2 - $5, unless I'm only staying one night and I've found some sort of uncleanliness upon my arrival to the room. Which happens more than I'd like it to.

Ol'Gaffer
06-03-2008, 01:06 PM
I travel a lot for work (mostly small towns in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon) and we are typically on a daily per diem so the hotel/motels we stay at range from local mom-and-pops to Motel 6/Super 8 style. The best we usually stay at would be a Best Western-level hotel.

When I travel it is because I'm out doing fieldwork and when I come in at the end of the day I'm usually pretty filthy. I start at $2 per day (left daily under the tv remote) but if the room isn't decent when I get back then I stop. We will sometimes live in these hotels for months at a time (depending on the project) so it pays to have good relations with the staff.

RealityChuck
06-03-2008, 01:41 PM
I usually tip about $1.50-$2.00 a night. I once tipped $20 (back around 1985), but that was because our daughter got sick all over the sheets.

Read Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed and you'll see why you should tip.

pepperlandgirl
06-03-2008, 01:50 PM
Every single time. My mom was a maid for pretty much all my childhood, and I know from personal experience that a large tip can have a very big impact on a family, and a small tip can just go a long way in making a very, very shitty job less shitty. Plus, all those small tips add up. I always tip at least $2, unless I've left some huge mess, then it's more. I do it automatically now.

Walkabout
06-03-2008, 01:52 PM
I have read Nickel and Dimed and I can see how many people should be paid more, but not how I should tip.

h.sapiens
06-03-2008, 01:57 PM
I usually tip about $2/day. I seldom leave a big mess, but I can only imagine what some people do in their hotel rooms and leave for the poor maids to take care of, and I bet they don't tip at all. I figure I can afford it, and it's a mostly crummy, thankless job, so why not?

In fact, the last hotel I stayed at had a pre-printed envelope requesting a gratuity, with a place for the maid to write her name. I thought that was a bit much, but I'm not going to punish the help for a management decision so I still left something.

nevermore
06-03-2008, 02:04 PM
I never have. I tip people who make less than minimum wage because I don't consider it optional at that point, but I can't tip everyone for everything, or I'd be just as bad off as the people I was tipping. Honestly, I think this ever-growing trend of tipping everyone for everything just encourages employers to continue paying their employees shit for wages, so I really try not to feed that ideology, but I do anyway sometimes without thinking about it, because it's so automatic to write in a tip when I see a line on my receipt for it.

Thudlow Boink
06-03-2008, 02:05 PM
I never have. Actually, I've never known how to. If you just leave money lying around, how do they know whether they're supposed to take it?

Plus, I've never really felt like the maids were serving me; they're just working for the hotel, like the guy who mows the hotel's lawn or cleans the hotel's pool. Like others have said, maid service isn't something I particularly want.

But then, I seldom leave a mess behind. If I did, I would feel inclined to leave a tip for whomever had to clean it up.

BMalion
06-03-2008, 02:05 PM
Yes always.

$3 to $5 per night. I tip per night and I leave the cash with a piece of paper that says 'Thank you!' so they know it is for them and not just cash lying around.

Oh, and that is regardless of any mess I've made, which is usually minimal anyway. I never leave trash about and all of my towels get thrown in the tub, etc.

Ditto.

Unless the room is comped, as happens quite often with me (I'm in the travel industry) then I'll leave $10 to $20 per night.

And it pays off I assure you. One time I left my wallet in my room, I was at a conference I could not leave but when I got back to my room, my wallet, credit cards and all my cash were tucked under my pillow.

Chefguy
06-03-2008, 02:12 PM
I tip in a variety of ways. I either leave a couple of bucks a night, or leave bus tokens if I have them, or unused subway tickets. Hotel maids work damn hard for very little money. Some hotels have included a percentage for service staff, so it's best to check on that when you check in.

psycat90
06-03-2008, 02:37 PM
Ditto.

Unless the room is comped, as happens quite often with me (I'm in the travel industry) then I'll leave $10 to $20 per night.



I was going to mention comped rooms, but figured I'd not since nowadays I only stay in them when I go back to visit family. I also tip more in comped rooms - about $10 - $15 a night.
And it was actually comped rooms where I learned to tip housekeeping 20 years ago. My mother spends roughly a third of every year (total, not all at once) in Atlantic City and she tips everybody. Housekeeping, slot hosts, janitors, cocktail waitresses, maintenance, concierge, etc. etc. etc. Everybody. If you cross her path for some reason and you are working in the hotel/casino, you're going to get a tip.

She rubbed off on me. I won't tip when there is bad service, but on the whole I consider myself a generous tipper. And I agree, in most cases it definitely does pay off.

Glory
06-03-2008, 03:21 PM
Never - I don't want maid service in my room anyway. I hate to have strangers mucking about with my stuff. If I'm just staying 2-3 days, I leave the Don't Disturb Sign on the door the entire time - I don't change my towels/sheets at home everyday, no reason to do it in a hotel. I also never have cash on me, so leaving 1-2 bucks a day would be stressful (having to remember to get cash, break it into singles).

I am a firm believer in tipping waitstaff who make less than minimum wage, but I dislike tipping in most other situations (haircuts, taxis, Starbucks baristas) etc.

Cervaise
06-03-2008, 03:22 PM
Always. $20 a week, under the pillow, plus a thank-you note.

Big_Norse
06-03-2008, 03:37 PM
$3 to $5 per night. I tip per night and I leave the cash with a piece of paper that says 'Thank you!' so they know it is for them and not just cash lying around.

Same here. Despite that in some hotels, they won't take the money anyway. I figure that if I'm obstinate enough and leave it there when I leave the room for checkout, they'll be forced to take their tip. I worked as a chambermaid when I was a teenager and we had some long term residents. I would never touch any money in their rooms, note or not (we had a guy who dumped his change in the ashtray every night and it grew to a huge stack by the time he left) - but if there is money left in the room after checkout we considered it a tip (even the handfuls of pennies some idiot had strewn about the room, which I had to collect on my hands and knees for fear of killing the vacuum). Of course, if someone left their wallet or some unusually large wad of bills they would have been turned in to the management to be returned to the guest.

I've done it, know what kind of scut work it is, therefore I tip. If the room is not clean enough for my liking I tip less (or on one occasion, nothing - with an explanatory note), if they've done something above and beyond, I tip more. (I'm in the US).

ZipperJJ
06-03-2008, 03:37 PM
Yeah. Usually like $10-20 no matter how long I stayed.

I tip servers and pizza delivery people. I tip valets. I tip the kids who wipe off your car at the end of a drive-through car wash. Hotel maids have to put up with a lot more shit (literally) than those people do, so I feel they deserve some extra cash, even if I tidy up the room before I go.

Geek Mecha
06-03-2008, 04:07 PM
Always. $1-2 a night, left on or under the pillow. Part of it is because my grandmother was a hotel maid, and part of it is because they are cleaning up after me. I'm in the US.

A year ago when I visited home, the maids used the hotel stationery to write me a thank you note for the tips. It made me glad I did it. A note like that isn't something you get from anyone else you tip.

accidentalyuppie
06-03-2008, 04:14 PM
I always tip $3 to $5 a night

Stringer
06-03-2008, 05:46 PM
I've never tipped a hotel maid. Do they get paid under minimum wage?

I do tip servers, bartenders, food delivery people, and of course any kind of optional convenience service like valets, taxis, etc.

Cervaise
06-03-2008, 05:55 PM
Even if they do get minimum wage, that's a pittance for cleaning up people's shit and puke and finding the occasional cadaver.

iamthewalrus(:3=
06-03-2008, 06:06 PM
Even if they do get minimum wage, that's a pittance for cleaning up people's shit and puke and finding the occasional cadaver.True, but I've never left any of those things in a hotel room.

I tip sometimes. If I'm staying for more than a day or two, or if I make any special request or mess, I'll tip.

Big_Norse
06-03-2008, 06:10 PM
I've never tipped a hotel maid. Do they get paid under minimum wage?I only did it for a few years a long time ago, but in my case I was young enough they didn't have to pay me minimum wage and payed me under the table to get around the legalities of hiring young.

I do know that the hospitality industry, like the restaurant industry, is notorious for using illegal immigrants and paying under the table so they don't have to pay minimum wage.

ChockFullOfHeadyGoodness
06-03-2008, 06:14 PM
Usually $2/night, sometimes more if the kids made a mess. I think I left $10 the time my son got a nosebleed and bled all over the sheets, blankets, and pillows.
Question: One time we stayed in a Fairmont (work conference, paid for by work), which tacked on a daily $24 "resort fee", which supposedly included all gratuities. Did any of this fee actually make it into the hands of the maids, valets, bellhops, etc? That was the one time I didn't tip, and I was never sure whether or not the help thought I was a prick.

Stringer
06-03-2008, 07:11 PM
Even if they do get minimum wage, that's a pittance for cleaning up people's shit and puke and finding the occasional cadaver.
If I ever leave something like that in the room, I'd leave a substantial tip.

Slight tangent: If you don't plan on leaving a tip, should you request no maid service at check-in?

Hedda Rosa
06-03-2008, 07:23 PM
Yep I tip, usually $2 per night at the end of my stay. It looks like hard work, I wouldn't want to do it and I am deeply deeply grateful to anyone who makes my bed for me.

If you have valuables they can be left in the hotel safe, if you don't want strangers touching your stuff.....

badkittypriestess
06-03-2008, 07:24 PM
I have tipped house keeping before, our youngest likes to leave pictures for them. When we go to Mexico we usually leave money for them along with our son's gift.

fervour
06-03-2008, 08:21 PM
No. Like others, I don't want anyone messing with my stuff. I always tell the clerk upon check-in that I won't be needing housekeeping's services during my stay. Some places will make note of your request, others won't saying to use the Do Not Disturb sign. At Disney World if you don't initial off indicating that you don't want the services but you leave the Do Not Disturb sign on your door, housekeeping will leave you a FULL compliment of towels, wash clothes, soap, etc. hanging on your door in a plastic bag ---EVERY night--- which is really a waste because I'll re-use a towel.

When I leave I always straighten the room and tear down the beds. I pile all of the sheets and pillow cases at the head of each bed along side a separate pile of pillows, and another of the comforter and cover. I leave the mattress pad in place. Tearing down the beds seems to be standard first step of room prep in most hotels where I've noticed the maids working.

PastAllReason
06-03-2008, 08:39 PM
I tip, whether in Canada or the US. I usually leave $2 every morning on the pillow, rather than tipping at the end of the stay. Someone once pointed out that if you tip every morning the tip will go to the people providing the service, and not the one who happens to clean your room at the end of your stay.

MadPansy64
06-03-2008, 08:40 PM
$2 to $5 per night, depending on the length of stay, and how clean the room was the night before.

I've been stuck in less than fabulous accomodations, and I have never had a penny go missing. I don't cart the crown jewels around, of course, but have left a few profitably disappearable items in plain sight and in tucked away. Even dishonest maids generally don't have time to go rooting through your things, and are rare anyway.

Jodi
06-03-2008, 09:17 PM
Yes, $3 to $5 per night, but left as a lump sum in the room on the last day as I check out. My experience has been that if I leave money before check-out, they won't take it. (And good for them.) Also, I'm not motivated enough to leave a little note of thanks, nor to always have $3 to $5 cash every day.

Having worked in motels (front desk), I know that hotel maids get paid jack/shit and these days many of them are guest workers from points South, so to speak. And cleaning hotel rooms is hard fricking work, too. So I tip.

Asimovian
06-03-2008, 09:46 PM
I'm fascinated by the comments where people have said the money they leave won't be picked up. In all of my years of vacationing, I've never once come back to find the money I'd left still there. I always leave it on top of the pillow.

But now I'm going to be paranoid about managers stealing tips.

MadPansy64
06-03-2008, 10:08 PM
I'm fascinated by the comments where people have said the money they leave won't be picked up. In all of my years of vacationing, I've never once come back to find the money I'd left still there. I always leave it on top of the pillow.

But now I'm going to be paranoid about managers stealing tips.
Money on (or under) a pillow = tip. Money on desk/dresser/flat surface = not tip.

If you leave daily tip, management is less likely to have a chance to snag it.

Danalan
06-03-2008, 10:09 PM
I write "For the Maid" on the notepad, and below that I write "Thanks". I cover the "Thanks" with a $5 bill.

Always.

gravitycrash
06-03-2008, 10:12 PM
I'm one of those people who clean up after themselves even if I'm paying for it. The only thing that the service staff has to do is replace the linens and empty the trash cans. OK and wipe down the shower stall. I always leave the toilet immaculate.

So no tip for you.

burundi
06-04-2008, 07:54 AM
Even if they do get minimum wage, that's a pittance for cleaning up people's shit and puke and finding the occasional cadaver.
That's what I figure, too. These folks are getting paid very little to clean up my mess. It's not going to break the bank to leave them a little extra. But then I don't strip the beds or tidy much before I leave, either.

Dante
06-04-2008, 09:55 AM
I write "For the Maid" on the notepad, and below that I write "Thanks". I cover the "Thanks" with a $5 bill.

Always.
This, every morning, every day. I've worked in service industries (including hotels) where tipping was part of my income, and now that I've got the money to do it, it's time to pay it back.

Of course, this depends if tipping is customary where we're traveling. Still feels weird not to tip though.

Malthus
06-04-2008, 10:07 AM
I'm a Canadian who used to not tip (because I didn't know it was expected) but who now does.

Usually between $2-$5 a night.

groo
06-04-2008, 11:12 AM
In my mind, I am of the population that could have ended up doing crappy, minimum wage jobs, so I tip them $2-$5 per night (every morning, not at the end), and go up to $10 if I'm staying at a high-end hotel.

I've never had anyone not take the tip -- I leave it right next to a lamp, with the light turned on so they know it's there on purpose.

For people who don't like strangers mucking around with their stuff, wouldn't you feel better if you knew the mucker considered you a good guy?


I make it a point to know the names of my building's janitors and try to chit-chat with the secretarial staff. I would hate to feel so anonymous that the higher-paid employees wouldn't even smile and say hello.

beanpod
06-04-2008, 12:40 PM
Yes always.

$3 to $5 per night. I tip per night and I leave the cash with a piece of paper that says 'Thank you!' so they know it is for them and not just cash lying around.

Oh, and that is regardless of any mess I've made, which is usually minimal anyway. I never leave trash about and all of my towels get thrown in the tub, etc. Exactly this. Except I leave towels I don't want any more in a pile on the floor. I've never had them not take a tip. I do tend to leave it away from my other belongings and wrap the cash in the note, though, so it's clear. Maybe I should write "Housekeeping--thank you!" instead. I'm in the US.

freekalette
06-04-2008, 02:33 PM
Whenever my serice is adequate (y'know, reasonably clean) I tip at east $5. More than that if there's something extra going on, such as puke/blood messes and the like. I used to work as a maid for a motel at the el cheapo end of the spectrum. e made less than minimum wage, because it was (usually wrongfully) assumed that the guests would tip us.

FTR, the best tip I ever got was $20, from a businessman who stayed over for three days. He had requested extra towels brought in each day in addition to the regular room cleaning. Very neat man, didn't leave much for me to do when he left. (He even stripped the sheets!) Thanks, mystery guy. I appreciate it.

What Exit?
06-04-2008, 02:55 PM
I usually tip $5 per night I stayed, but on my most recent trip, I was unhappy with how the maid would rearrange to room every day and ignored requests to not change the sheets and only change the towels left on the floor. (I like to try to save water and energy). It was a dozen little things that added up to no tip but a small note about why I did not tip and how she did not follow the Hotel's own suggestions.

Disney tends to do extra little things like set up the kid's stuff animals in cute poses on the pillows and leaving extra towels after the first night (without being asked to), realizing we had 4 people swimming. Their tip goes up closer to $10 per night. Also they are looking after a room for 4 and not my usual one neat person on a business trip.

In my early 20s when I was driving cross country a few times, I never left a tip and I had no idea you were expected to. I never stay longer than 8-10 hours as I was just using the hotel as a place to sleep and then get back to driving. Ignorant youth I was.

Jim

fervour
06-04-2008, 09:14 PM
Always. $1-2 a night, left on or under the pillow. . . .

I am typing this from a Days Inn on my last night of a trip. My SO went to turn down the bed early because of a migraine. What did he find tucked into the pillows? A dollar bill.

I'm a bit creeped out by this---but just a bit. Did housekeeping not change the sheets? Did the previous guest not use that bed but put the tip in the pillow anyway? Did Housekeeping miss the dollar somehow but clean the room?

The room seems clean so I'm not going to let it worry me too much. Here's to hoping I don't need a lice treatment when I get home.

Geek Mecha
06-04-2008, 09:29 PM
I am typing this from a Days Inn on my last night of a trip. My SO went to turn down the bed early because of a migraine. What did he find tucked into the pillows? A dollar bill.

I'm a bit creeped out by this---but just a bit. Did housekeeping not change the sheets? Did the previous guest not use that bed but put the tip in the pillow anyway? Did Housekeeping miss the dollar somehow but clean the room?

The room seems clean so I'm not going to let it worry me too much. Here's to hoping I don't need a lice treatment when I get home.
This past trip home I happened to be in the room when the maid came in. We were on our way out, but my SO got distracted by something shiny, hence my loitering.

The maid came in and made the bed. She pocketed the money I left under the pillow, and then fluffed up the pillows. She straighted the sheets, and then carefully arranged the bedspread. She did not change the sheets.

I am guessing that between guests they do change the sheets, but not on each day of the same guests' stay. Which would be a waste of water anyway, IMO, since the same peoples' germs are gonna get right back on the bed.

ZipperJJ
06-04-2008, 09:39 PM
I am typing this from a Days Inn on my last night of a trip. My SO went to turn down the bed early because of a migraine. What did he find tucked into the pillows? A dollar bill.

I'm a bit creeped out by this---but just a bit. Did housekeeping not change the sheets? Did the previous guest not use that bed but put the tip in the pillow anyway? Did Housekeeping miss the dollar somehow but clean the room?

The room seems clean so I'm not going to let it worry me too much. Here's to hoping I don't need a lice treatment when I get home.

Are you sure this wasn't just his way of inviting you to play "the stripper game"?

I guess if you don't answer for the next few hours, we'll know. ;)

fervour
06-04-2008, 09:46 PM
Are you sure this wasn't just his way of inviting you to play "the stripper game"?

I guess if you don't answer for the next few hours, we'll know. ;)

HaHa! --no seriously, you made me laugh. He really has a migraine. And if I wasn't clear earlier, we just checked in tonight for one night only. I hate waste too and don't like my sheets changed during a stay. ( I don't think I've ever stayed at a single motel more than 5 nights.)

bat312
06-04-2008, 11:59 PM
Around these parts the term “Maid” in a hotel is an insult, they prefer to be called “Housekeepers”. They are paid upward of $15.00 per hour and yes you should tip.

On a somewhat unrelated note as I am not a housekeeper; I was once tipped $20.00 after finding a dead guy in a hotel room.

Eyebrows 0f Doom
06-05-2008, 12:57 AM
Around these parts the term “Maid” in a hotel is an insult, they prefer to be called “Housekeepers”. They are paid upward of $15.00 per hour and yes you should tip.

I'm sorry, but if they are making $15 per hour then it's not like they are dependent upon tips. That's completely different from restaurant servers who may be paid in the range of $3 per hour.

I've never tipped for maid service, then again I have only twice stayed in hotels by myself, and never more than 3 days. I don't feel I have to pay someone to pick up a towel for me. I can do that myself and I've never left any kind of mess.

bat312
06-05-2008, 01:35 AM
Ahh, there in lies a question; should the well organized and often unionized housekeepers be tipped for providing a service, where as the common server is governed to report and pay taxes on the tip that they are depended upon?

Someone better than me will have to help with the math, but here is a guess;

A housekeeper working 8 hours a day cleaning 12 to 16 rooms a day at $15.00+ per hour makes $20 to $60 a day in tips.

An average restaurant server working 4 to 10 hours a day at $3+ something an hour makes $50 to $200 a day in tips.

A professional server working 5 hours a day at $7 to $12+ per hour a day makes $200 to $600 per day in tips.

The fact is they all should be tipped for providing a service. That is the way it works here anyway.

BMalion
06-05-2008, 08:08 AM
Ahh, there in lies a question; should the well organized and often unionized housekeepers be tipped for providing a service, where as the common server is governed to report and pay taxes on the tip that they are depended upon?

Someone better than me will have to help with the math, but here is a guess;

A housekeeper working 8 hours a day cleaning 12 to 16 rooms a day at $15.00+ per hour makes $20 to $60 a day in tips.

An average restaurant server working 4 to 10 hours a day at $3+ something an hour makes $50 to $200 a day in tips.

A professional server working 5 hours a day at $7 to $12+ per hour a day makes $200 to $600 per day in tips.

The fact is they all should be tipped for providing a service. That is the way it works here anyway.


Your guess is way off.

burundi
06-05-2008, 10:16 AM
Around these parts the term “Maid” in a hotel is an insult, they prefer to be called “Housekeepers”. They are paid upward of $15.00 per hour and yes you should tip.

On a somewhat unrelated note as I am not a housekeeper; I was once tipped $20.00 after finding a dead guy in a hotel room.
Where do you live, bat312?

fervour
06-05-2008, 10:26 AM
I almost opened another thread entitled "Which workers should be tipped and why?" My apologies if the following tangent seems off topic.

If I am understanding the arguments given for tipping housekeeping, one should tip housekeeping basically out of charity. Tipping out of charity is not the purpose of a tip in my mind. Tipping is to ensure that a job is done efficiently and quickly. I would argue that those of us who do not want housekeeping's services during our stay at a hotel, should not tip. The hotel is obliged to provide a clean, furnished room at a minimum as part of the contracted price. If they fail to do so, their reputation will tarnish resulting in lost business.

I agree that those who are using housekeeping's services during their stay should tip, but not out of obligation. They should tip out of desire to ensure good service for themselves.

I would argue that those who tip because the housekeepers may be illegal immigrant workers are actually doing a disservice to all workers in the field. Note that my problem is not the immigrant status of the worker, but the illegal status. An illegal immigrant is less likely to buck the system when unfair practices occur.

Also if you are tipping because the wage is so low, where does that stop and why? Do you tip the janitor at your place of employment? your garbage man? the clerk at the supermarket who was incredibly efficient? I do believe that everyone should be able to afford a decent standard of living. I don't believe that dorking with the free market is the best way to provide it. Personally I favor a free market with social safety nets provided by the government.

even sven
06-05-2008, 10:42 AM
If I am understanding the arguments given for tipping housekeeping, one should tip housekeeping basically out of charity. Tipping out of charity is not the purpose of a tip in my mind. Tipping is to ensure that a job is done efficiently and quickly.

Nope. Generally you tip for jobs where:

People touch you, or things intimate to you (dirty clothes, toilets, shoes, etc.)
People come in to your home
People provide unskilled or semi-skilled personal services that most people could easily perform for themselves
People have a view of your personal life and are expected to act with discretion
People perform for you

Why? It gives some dignity to a person performing a job that may not be skilled, but allows you to do your job and get on with your life- it makes the transaction more one among equals who respect each other than among a master and servant. It gives you the right not to feel bad when you make someone else clearn your toilet or shine your shoes. It ensures that your personal life and things are respected by someone who otherwise has little reason to respect them. It is one of those rare opportunities to help a hard-working person less well off than yourself. And it is part of the social contract.

fervour
06-05-2008, 11:13 AM
Nope. Generally you tip for jobs where:

People touch you, or things intimate to you (dirty clothes, toilets, shoes, etc.)
People come in to your home
People provide unskilled or semi-skilled personal services that most people could easily perform for themselves
People have a view of your personal life and are expected to act with discretion
People perform for you

. . . . It ensures that your personal life and things are respected by someone who otherwise has little reason to respect them. . . . And it is part of the social contract.

You put a positive spin on it. My cynical interpretation of your post is "So they won't blackmail you or destroy your stuff". Correct me if I'm wrong. (I mean that sincerely. It's hard to tell in words sometimes when you have no body language cues.)

I avoid those types of services that you list, being an extremely private person. I can see where it would be useful in such circumstance. I have tipped my pest exterminator when he rid my former house of yellow jackets in the attic. He did an amazing job for the pittance of ~$40. I tipped him an additional $25 for a service well done and then he went and sprayed some more out of appreciation. I think one should tip for a good job especially when one wants to maintain a businesss relationship with the person or business providing the service.

MadPansy64
06-06-2008, 10:05 PM
You put a positive spin on it. My cynical interpretation of your post is "So they won't blackmail you or destroy your stuff". Correct me if I'm wrong. (I mean that sincerely. It's hard to tell in words sometimes when you have no body language cues.)

You're wrong. I have never, with or with out a tip, had a hotel/motel maid destroy my stuff (I'm fairly blackmail proof), whether during a one-time visit, or when I return every 6 weeks.

I've also not heard of very many $15/hour maids. GVR in Vegas, maybe, but the Red Roof Inn or Super 8 or Marriot in Boise ID or Dalhart TX or Minot ND sure as hell don't make pay that much, and most of them are part-time anyway.

I do not tip for charity. I tip because these women clean my toilet, fold my towels, and bring me an extra pillow if I request it. They're taking care of those little details about which I don't want to think when on vacation or when trying to pacify an unreasonable, but financially vital, idiot client.

Their job is to clean the room. I tip as an expression of appreciation for attempting to make me comfortable.

At this exact moment, my cats, husband, houseplants and I are in the Days Inn, in Minot ND, waiting to move into our new home. We've been here since May 17th. The maids name is Beth.

The want-ad in the paper says starting wages are $6.50/hour, part time. From day one, she has done all the regular maid duties perfectly, while making sure the cats are contained, checks their location before vacuuming, politely "answers" all meows, saw I have long hair and put me on the extra towel list (4 is more than enough, but I do appreciate the gesture), and brought me a croissant and cup of (shitty weak) coffee from the "Free Continantel Breakfast!!" the 3rd day when I had a puking migraine and got in her way when she was trying to do her job.

This is an unusual situation for me, but I have no doubt that Beth is not the only maid in the world who goes above and beyond even for her "normal rooms" A few freaking bucks a day is very the least I can do!

I do tip $2 a day for nothing more than a clean bathroom with two paper-thin but clean towels, because it feels like the proper thing to do. I can't justify it, other than it's the right thing to do.

(BTW -- I know how Beth acts when in my room, because I spent the first week in the room next door being charmed by a long lost friend's 2 yr old granddaughter and catching up with the friend -- pure serendipity -- and these are NOT sound-proofed rooms.)

aerodave
06-07-2008, 02:28 AM
I don't. I know I should, but I just can't do it. As someone else said, I can't afford to tip everyone for everything. I have to draw the line somewhere, and it's right above hotel housekeepers.

I tip waiters an amount that fits the quality of the service, because it's important to distinguish between perceived good service and poor. I tip the girl who cuts my hair because I want her to know I like the way she does it, and I want her to keep up the good work. But the housekeeper isn't really doing anything for me personally and individually. I've never returned to a hotel room that was cleaned in a way that made me feel extra special. And the minimal variation in performance from one housekeeper to the next doesn't really go along with the idea of rewarding good service...if everyone is outstanding, no one is.

Besides, I don't leave them much work to do...less than the average guest at any rate. (I used to work a hotel desk, so I know how filthy some guests can be.) I tidy up before going out for the day, which usually includes halfway repacking my stuff. They really only end up having to make the bed and wipe down the sink. I guess I've rationalized it sufficiently to myself...that giving them an easy room to take care of is worth more than a couple bucks. It's probably not true, but it's how I sleep at night.

Zoe
06-07-2008, 02:48 AM
Of course I tip them unless the room has not been cleaned well when I arrive. Everyone leaves a few dead skins cells behind. (That's what most dust is.) And a few hairs and fingerprints. The day that I can afford to stay in a hotel but can't afford to tip the maid is a day that I'm lying to myself.