In her memoir, Maid, Stephanie Land details her life as a maid and the daily struggles of trying to earn a living with hard work, low pay. One takeaway she wants people to know is to leave a tip for housekeepers, every day.
Tipping etiquette, a highly contentious topic, is determined in part by the cost of the room and how much you had your room cleaned during a stay. According to Land, guests should tip $10 every day and per person in the room. “If your stay is multiple days, tip every day you expect cleaning service. Seriously.”
Things to do before leaving a hotel room:
Ball up your towels, washcloth in the middle.
Pick the hair out of the drain.
Put garbage in the garbage.
Tip. ($10/day, per person who stayed)
If your stay is multiple days, tip every day you expect cleaning service.
— Stephanie Land (@stepville) March 15, 2019
Flyertalkers expressed their thoughts on Land’s suggestion.
“I don’t make a mess at home, I don’t make a mess in hotel rooms. Cleaning service for me is limited to making the bed (if I didn’t do it on autopilot), emptying the trash and fresh towels,” said CDTraveler. “Sorry, that’s not worth a gratuity on top of the room rate.”
Often1 writes, “At a luxury hotel, I would tip $5 to the bellman even though I don’t ever check luggage so all he is doing is taking the bag out of the trunk and handing it to me. Housekeeping is $15-20/day (more if kids, etc) and butler is same. High-end restaurant should be a minimum of 20% (don’t expect a decent table ever again if you go under).”
Having worked in the hotel industry, Hotturnip adds that “…tipping housekeepers is a genuine tip in the purest sense, not a service fee. They’re paid normal wages, unlike food servers, and in union hotels, those wages can be respectable. The tip is simply a way of acknowledging that you appreciate the service they provide. Take my word for it, housekeepers are often the hardest working and most overlooked staff in the hotel. So I like to let them know that I know how important they are.”
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