Tipping at hotels can be complicated and oftentimes misunderstood. While some people in the hotel do not need to be tipped, other people work mostly off of tips and deserve to be paid appropriately. Do not feel obliged to tip every person in the hotel, such as the maintenance man who fixes something in your room or the check-in staff. You are, after all, paying to stay in the hotel.
For all of these suggested tips, you can adjust depending on the level of hotel. Tip more at luxury hotels and less at budget hotels.
Bellman and Concierge
According to The Original Tipping Page, tip $5 per bag at minimum. Offer more if your bag is extremely heavy or it is a very high-end hotel. The bellman is the most important person you want to please during your hotel stay. Give him a great first impression and you’ll have a great stay.
Tip the concierge staff to if you use them to arrange dinner reservations, transportation or leisure activities. They will be more willing to help you the next time you stop if you tip them the first time.
Women’s Health Magazine recommends that housekeeping staff should receive around $5 a night, depending on the job they have done. If you are unhappy with the housekeeping, offer less. If you require extras or have made an unusual mess, offer more.
Standard room service tipping is the same as a traditional restaurant, which is 15 to 20 percent of the total bill. Check to make sure that gratuity isn’t already included, which it usually is. If gratuity is already included, throw in an extra $1 or $2 for good measure, but don’t tip beyond that. If it is not included, make sure to add 15 to 20 percent.
Also, remember to leave a small tip for hotel staff who delivers extra items to your room (such as extra towels or a hairdryer). $1 or $2 is all that is necessary.
Tipping in other nations
Research customary tipping procedures in other countries before traveling. In Europe, “service charges” may be included more often than in American hotels. In many countries, hotel staff will not be expecting a tip, or it may be a lesser tip than Americans are expecting. Rick Steves’ website offers some good insight for tipping in Europe.