The Hierarchy of Hotel Tipping
Travelocity’s most recent poll of over 2,000 North Americans revealed that despite the economic recession of 2009, the vast majority (76 percent) continued to tip hotel employees as they had in the year prior. 11 percent reported tipping less while the remaining 13 percent reported tipping more.
Good news for hotel employees, especially if you’re a bellhop or maid. Why bellhop or maid, you ask? Because of hotel staff encountered during their visits, these are the two employees most likely to get tipped by guests. Who is the poor soul at the bottom of the hotel tipping hierarchy? The pool attendant. Somewhere in between fall the valet, concierge and doorman.
Personally, I would be far more likely to tip the pool attendant, valet and doorman (assuming he hails a taxi for me and opens the door) over the concierge. In fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever tipped a concierge. I will admit that there have been times I’ve forgotten to tip the maid, which I always feel awful about. The valet, doorman and bellhop are so in your face there’s almost no way not to tip them, which I suppose is good news for them though there’s always that awkward moment when the bellhop is standing in your hotel room as you fumble with your wallet looking for something other than singles or twenties.
Readers – what’s your tipping routine? Are there some hotel employees you’re more likely to tip than others? And where does the poor pool attendant rank on your list of people to tip during your hotel stay?
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