Housekeeping is probably one of the most thankless jobs in the service industry and certainly in the hospitality industry. Most of the time guests don’t even look those employed in housekeeping in the eye if they happen to pass them in the halls. Which is not only disrespectful but only furthers the stigma individuals seem to have involving the housekeeping industry and those it employs. Make no mistake, though, housekeepers work incredibly hard with long and physically demanding hours. They’re the ones sifting through your mess when your leave your hotel room after a weekend of partying, a night of passion, or a family vacation. This is a job that not many people want, nor would many people be able to do so those that are doing this job day in and day out should get the recognition and appreciation that they deserve. They are doing YOU a service, and by today’s standards…that generally deserves a tip!
In today’s day and age, we want everything at a convenience and quickly. Such services come at a premium in general, but most of the time those actually performing the service do NOT see those fees. That being the case is why we have tipping. We SHOULD be tipping those that perform the tasks that allow us to have everything faster, easier and better. Those individuals are making our lives easier/better and it is common etiquette to show our appreciation. We tip our waitresses and bartenders and they are getting our food and drinks…not cleaning our rooms top to bottom and coming in to contact with some pretty interesting unmentionables to say the least! Those men and women deserve a tip from guests, at a minimum.
Great! Now that we’ve established the need for tipping our housekeepers…lets discuss how MUCH to leave them and other etiquette. It is common practice to leave $2-3 dollars/day and up to $5/day for higher end hotels or when there are three or more guests in a room. The tip should also be made sure to be left in a very obvious place like the pillows etc with a quick note saying thanks! So they know that the money is in fact a tip intended for them. Another important tip to mention is that tips should be left daily if you are staying more than one night, and always left in the room before you leave and check out. Tips left at the front desk almost never actually make it to the housekeeper that serviced your room, and if you only leave a tip at the end of a multi-day stay the housekeeper who cleans right after you leave generally keeps the entire amount instead of distributing it (since housekeepers change daily). When you leave a tip for your housekeeper you show your appreciation for the hard work they do day in and day out, but also it instills a sense of pride and encouragement for the workers each day that their work doesn’t go unnoticed. Remember- always tip those providing you with a service!