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Not a big gripe. But the first day of travel is usually pretty hectic. And I guess I could prepare better / in advance. But I usually forget.

And so, while I'd like to tip the maid for preparing my room. And the busboy for cleaning up after my buffet breakfast (usually included with the room at the hotels I frequent), I forget to bring small bills.

I generally just use my CC to pay wherever possible and just use cash when needed. So, usually, I just have $20 bills in my wallet.

I wish I could just include tips on the hotel bill (easier to expense that way as well since tips don't have receipts).

Not so much a gripe as it is annoyance with the whole tipping model anyway. Travel in Korea and Japan is nice that way.




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annoyance with the whole tipping model

I second that.
 
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I agree completely.
 
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I'd like to tip the maid for preparing my room. And the busboy for cleaning up after my buffet breakfast (usually included with the room at the hotels I frequent), I forget to bring small bills ... I just have $20 bills in my wallet.
I bet that you can exchange a couple of twentys for small bills at the front desk when you check in. I have done that.



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I generally ask the front desk or bar for change. They know it's going to fellow employees and will be happy to do so.


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I hate tipping. When, how much, etc. I tend to over-tip, so I am not against tipping, the process just stresses me out. Japan blew my mind with the lack of tipping.
 
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I didn't know bussers and maids are typically tipped, or are expected to be tipped.

If you're staying multiple days and get the same person again, you could double up, I suppose.
 
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I don't mean to stir the pro-tipping hornets nest here, but I'm sorry...when they are charging $200+/night for essentially just a bed and a shower, I'll keep any extra scratch in my pocket unless and until I see some exemplary service.

I have no problem with tipping...when it's earned, but I don't go out of my way, like some, to tip people for simply doing their job.


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I bet that you can exchange a couple of twentys for small bills at the front desk when you check in. I have done that.


I do that when I remember. But often times, I'll remember when I wake up in the morning. And then it's a made dash to get out of the hotel, wolfing done some food on the way out. Made all the more difficult if people are waiting in line to check out.

The solution is to prepare in advance before the trip. It's just never been top of mind. For years..... I just really prefer the Korea/Japan model w/out any tipping. Tipping is so annoying. And don't get me started on the hyper tipping in Vegas. Hate going there.




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Cow tipping is easier.





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I could see where that would be annoying. Of course in the types of places I can afford usually you have to tip the clerk an extra twenty not to let the tweakers into your room. Or at least tip the street urchin to tap on your door to warn you of the imminent room invasion.

Seriously though, the only time tipping annoyed me was when I was in Montreal and a waiter "serviced the tip." Gave the guy a nukbuck for a 50cent coke and received no change. Hurt him in the long run because having worked in service I always tip at least 20percent for good service. Exact change it is Mssr. Douche. Don't steal and use shitty frenglish to tell me you're doing me a favor.



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I don't mean to stir the pro-tipping hornets nest here, but I'm sorry...when they are charging $200+/night for essentially just a bed and a shower, I'll keep any extra scratch in my pocket unless and until I see some exemplary service.

I have no problem with tipping...when it's earned, but I don't go out of my way, like some, to tip people for simply doing their job.



While I am not so swanky to pop for the $200+ rooms, I am generally in the $125-$150 range and I totally agree with the above.

On top of that, I tend to be one of the most no-load customers they will have. I bring my own bags to the room and the “Do Not Disturb” sign goes on the door the first time it opens and stays there until I leave.

If I can sleep on sheets for 5-6 days at home without being changed, I can do the same in a hotel. About the only thing I need from housekeeping is some fresh towels, and I will get them off the cart as I walk by.

My tip is I just saved them from one of the rooms they would otherwise had to have taken care of.





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I don't mean to stir the pro-tipping hornets nest here, but I'm sorry...when they are charging $200+/night for essentially just a bed and a shower, I'll keep any extra scratch in my pocket unless and until I see some exemplary service.

I have no problem with tipping...when it's earned, but I don't go out of my way, like some, to tip people for simply doing their job.


Do you tip waiters in restaurants for doing their job? Housekeepers make so little money for doing a hell of a lot more work than any waiter, and are frequently forgotten when it comes time for a tip.

Remember that next time a waiter brings you a plate from the kitchen and you tip them $20.00

The housekeepers "only" made your bed and picked up your dirty towels from the bathroom floor that she also cleaned. Not to mention the toilet!




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I know a lot of people don't leave a tip for hotel housekeeping, but I do. And if I have to, I'll get change for a larger bill at the front desk in order to leave two or three bucks a night.

For me, it's a "There but for the grace of God, go I," thing.
 
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I used to tip housekeeping generously when Motel rooms were in the $30-40 dollar a night range. Single non-smoking room, senior discount. I would drop a five or more on the end table.

Today's prices I find in the $80-100 a night range with a 13-25% local/state tax attached.

Usually, same room but with jacked up pricing.

Housekeeping now gets $1-2, if the room is clean.


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I don't mean to stir the pro-tipping hornets nest here, but I'm sorry...when they are charging $200+/night for essentially just a bed and a shower, I'll keep any extra scratch in my pocket unless and until I see some exemplary service.

I have no problem with tipping...when it's earned, but I don't go out of my way, like some, to tip people for simply doing their job.


Do you tip waiters in restaurants for doing their job? Housekeepers make so little money for doing a hell of a lot more work than any waiter, and are frequently forgotten when it comes time for a tip.

Remember that next time a waiter brings you a plate from the kitchen and you tip them $20.00

The housekeepers "only" made your bed and picked up your dirty towels from the bathroom floor that she also cleaned. Not to mention the toilet!


Maids make at least minimum wage. According to a quick search, in 2012 they made an average of 9.41 an hour. That is pretty decent for unskilled labor IMO. Wait staff do not make minimum wage which is why I tip them.

I spend way too many nights in hotel rooms in a year to be dropping 5, 10 or 20 bucks a stay. If for some reason I leave a mess I will leave some cash but otherwise my room will be pretty clean and require minimal work. And I only let them in on the day I check out so they only have to clean my room once during my stay.




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It depends on how long I'm staying somewhere I guess, but typically if I'm only there 2-3 nights, I hang the do not disturb sign up and don't really want housekeeping in the room. Then, I either don't feel obligated to tip much, or at all.

Housekeeping at a hotel don't make cut wages like waiters at restaurants...



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I leave a couple of bucks for housekeeping when I check out.


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I am currently in a Florida hotel, which is charging me $34 a day plus tax for valet parking. Under the circumstances, I'm not all that inclined to pony up an additional couple of bucks each time the kid brings my car around.
 
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I am currently in a Florida hotel, which is charging me $34 a day plus tax for valet parking. Under the circumstances, I'm not all that inclined to pony up an additional couple of bucks each time the kid brings my car around.
$34.00 / day for parking? For that kind of dough I would sleep in the car.

I'm not even gonna ask how much the room costs.

I have stayed in hotels for less than $34.00 / day. Of course I'm old, and I remember when a loaf of bread was less than 25 cents and ten bucks would buy more groceries than you could carry.



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