With the holidays fast approaching, traveling is inevitable. Throngs of jetsetters will schlep across the country to visit loved ones, and many will decide to post up at hotels. While tipping at the property is expected, you may not be aware of the different gratuity levels attributed to the numerous sectors of a hotel, as well as when it’s customary to leave additional money for special requests.
Thankfully, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, in partnership with Forbes Travel Guide, just released an incredibly helpful guide to gratuity that’s sure to clear up any questions you may have about what and who to tip during your next stay. As Michael Cascone, president of Forbes Travel Guide, explains, “Hotel staff are the heartbeat of luxury hospitality. When service goes above and beyond expectations, gratuities represent a deserved reflection of a guest’s appreciation. A gratuity can be a monetary gift, and is often accompanied by a written note of appreciation. At luxury hotels, it is not unheard of for guests to occasionally lavish high value gifts on hotel employees in recognition of exemplary service.”
Here are a few highlights from the guide:
Amount: $1-5 per bag when escorted to your room (Tip the same amount if you request bellstaff upon check out)
Amount: $5-10 in relation to the amount of service, such as making a restaurant reservation versus snagging last-minute show tickets (You can also tip in a large sum at the end of your stay)
Amount: $1-5 per night (You should generally place the tip in a way that’s easy to spot, such as in an envelope or attached with a note)
Photos Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and American Hotel and Lodging Association