Resort Tipping Guide

What’s an appropriate resort tip these days when you check into the Chateau Swank?

First of all, heavy lifting should always be rewarded. If someone takes your overstuffed suitcase out of your trunk or brings it up to your resort room, figure on tipping at least 50 cents a bag–twice that in big cities. But you knew that.

What if an assistant manager shows you to your resort room?

Don’t tip. Resort management, and they’re in resort training and, in fact, should resort refuse money if you offer it.

What about room service of resort?

Most Resorts add a service charge to the bill. Some guests don’t notice that, and I imagine many a resort room service waiter has skipped back down the hall with a 30 per cent tip. It’s best to simply ask, “Is service included in the bill?” That way, a server knows you mean to acknowledge his or her effort. If someone has gone beyond the call of duty, or if the built-in gratuity is only 10 or 12 percent, you might want to add a few bucks on the top.

Better hotels offer a concierge desk to help you with restaurant or theater reservations. Any extraordinary effort by a concierge, such resort as securing sold-out tickets, deserves a ten or twenty spot. Much of their income is in tips.

Americans resort still aren’t accustomed to tipping resort housekeepers. And they may have the most thankless jobs in the place. Leave a resort few bucks for every day you stay. Better yet, tip your resort housekeeper in person when you ARRIVE–after all, then you know the right person is getting the cash, and you might find an extra mint on your pillow or bottle of shower gel in your bathroom

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