You are on an important business trip. Your sheets are sunshine-fresh, with a refreshing mint strategically placed on your pillow. The windows are sparkling. An abundance of thick, fragrant towels are stacked in the bath. You place the “Do not Disturb” sign on your door while you rendezvous with a honey you’ve met during the conference. When you two finally leave, the same stellar room treatment is discreetly and superbly repeated. You ask for a shaver, and there is one waiting for you, thoughtfully supplied with the shaving foam you forgot to ask for. Now, don’t be a cheapskate. Someone had to work to keep your room clean and attend to your needs. Want to keep the same king-size treatment next time? What better incentive than to reward the maid with a tip? And if you don’t know how to properly tip the maid at any hotel, relax; here are four easy steps.
Identify the maid assigned to your room. Find out who is taking such good care of your home away from home. Introduce yourself casually, but with a professional tone so there are no misunderstandings. ”I’m John Smith and you are…? Sally? Hi Sally. Thanks for taking care of my room.” Keep it moving. Sometimes there is a team assigned to the floor, and the room care changes in a rotation of maids, or you may not see the maids who clean your room. No problem. Find out from hotel management who is assigned to your room. The personal touch of adding the maid’s name makes a big difference on a tip envelope.