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.
Sliding scale rules! It’s totally okay to base the gratuity on five points. Factor in (a) upkeep of the room, (b) the overall room rate, (c) rating or star quality of the hotel, (d) the maid’s personality, and (e) the maid’s cooperation. Obviously, one night’s tip will also differ from the tip given for a week-long stay. While some hotels may advocate daily tips, it might be more practical to leave the tip at the culmination of the stay. For a team of maids, turn separate and labeled envelopes over to the hotel manager with your compliments. If it is one maid, leave the tip in the room in a noticeable place inside a single envelope with her name clearly marked on the front. Do not leave checks as a safeguard with personal identity.
Do not nickel and dime the maid. Seriously, guy. Save dimes and nickels for pitching into wish ponds with your girlfriend and leave folding money for the maids. Take the time to change small coins into dollar bills. Change small bills into the next denomination if you are leaving (hopefully) more than four bucks. A five-dollar bill is a welcome sight.
A kind note of appreciation never goes out of style. Do not write a letter. Do jot down a friendly and impersonal note. “Great job taking care of the room. Thanks. J. Smith.” The thought is what counts (along with the money), so keep it short and sweet. Initial it, and you’re done.