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daffidyll
01-30-2008, 05:31 PM
Its been a long time since Ive been there so can anyone update me on when to tip, how much to tip etc etc. especially for the following:

Super Shuttle driver, Taxi driver
Hotel room housekeeping, delivery service from restaurant or grocery delivery, room service, bellhop
DL character meal and other restaurants there
Also if anyone knows if tipping is different in Vegas as well
Anyone/anything else we should be tipping that Im not thinking of and how much??????

Would appreciate any tips (HA HA pun intended) anyone can provide!

EltonJohn
01-30-2008, 05:55 PM
I say tip the housekeepers $5 per night. Trust me~we do a TON of work, but rarely get tips :(

For Las Vegas tipping see this site:
http://www.l*******************/tipping.cfm

bumbershoot
01-30-2008, 05:57 PM
supershuttle...they have a place online where you can pre-tip, and it automatically shows 18% as the amount.

cabs...I don't know. Couple bucks? Unless you have tons of bags AND they help with them.

I know that Safeway.com delivery people will REFUSE tips, and I think that vons would be the same since they are the same company. Don't know about albertsons.com delivery people.

Housekeeping...I might be on the cheap side with that, I don't know. It's actually the one place where I tip but hubby doesn't, even though hubby is the tip guru on everything else. But when we stayed at PP, the first day we only left $1 as we left for the day, but then they left some goodies (to make up for problems the night before, with no toiletries and dirty towels in the hamper when we checked in) so I left $2 the next day. I think I was at $3 the following day b/c DS had made a mess eating granola bars. :) But I think I might be on the cheap side with that (considering that I am tipping anything though, when i can't stand the theory of tipping, is pretty big, though, LOL).

Bellhops...general rule is $1 per bag. I don't like using bellhops. :)

Character and normal table-service meals...make sure your tip isn't included in the amount charged. Other than that, 20% is a number many people use, but even my tip-friendly hubby doesn't like using that unless it's spectacular service.

That said, I tipped far more than that on Friday, when the CM didn't include my beer on my tab and refused to put it on after I told her. So she got about half of the 6.50 the pint of beer would have cost (6.50 for a pint, LOL...last night I got a 6 pack of the same beer for 7.59), on top of what I was already tipping. :)

I know nothing about Vegas! But I watched my friends in Reno (another gambling town in Nevada) who were gambling and drinking, and the more they tipped (even when NOT gambling) the more "free" drinks they got...

bumbershoot
01-30-2008, 06:00 PM
Looks like I AM on the cheaper side with housekeeping. Well, if I don't tip in our room they won't get anything b/c it's the one area where DH won't do it. And if I tried to throw $5 there (when we try as hard as we can to keep the room neat and clean...the granola was an exception) he'd have a tantrum!

Freyja
01-30-2008, 07:02 PM
Ive heard that many people tip housekeeping $1 per person, staying in the room. Were 6 (2 adults and 4 kids) and we usually leave $5. If the room is a real mess when we check out (loads of trash etc.) we usually leave more.

I hardly ever use bellboys but the few times we have Ive tipped them $1 per bag. Last time I used a bellboy was in NYC last summer and I tipped him $5 for 3 bags, but he was very nice and helpful and helped me get all 4 kids safe into the room (2 of them were in strollers and DH was parking the car).

In restaurants I tip 15% for average service and 20% for good service. Usually we get good service at Disney. If the service is exceptional we throw in some extra beyond the 20%, but no fixed %.

We did the same in Vegas. When was waiting for the Celine Dion show to arrive a waitress brought me a free coktail and since I didnt have any small change I tipped her with $10. She came back with a free drink a short while later and wouldnt accept tips for that. Told me to let her know if I needed anything ;)

EltonJohn
01-30-2008, 07:02 PM
Looks like I AM on the cheaper side with housekeeping. Well, if I don't tip in our room they won't get anything b/c it's the one area where DH won't do it. And if I tried to throw $5 there (when we try as hard as we can to keep the room neat and clean...the granola was an exception) he'd have a tantrum!


Or, simply put a DND sign on your door~that's what me and my hubby do. Those are my absolute favorite guests! :) One of my co-workers goes even further-she'll strip the room for the housekeep.

fairycat
01-30-2008, 10:18 PM
Or, simply put a DND sign on your door~that's what me and my hubby do. Those are my absolute favorite guests! :) One of my co-workers goes even further-she'll strip the room for the housekeep.

We have no kids and I bring my own tolietries since I have skin problems, and almost always put up the DND sign. I must be the perfect guest hehe!

I won't lie the only reason we had mousekeeping in WDW was cause I wanted a towel animal hahaha!!!

mindylovesmickey
01-30-2008, 11:03 PM
Holy Cow!! I must be a terrible hotel guest! I've never ever tipped a housekeeper, I didn't know we were supposed to?!? :confused3 Where are the rules for this type of thing?

So, where are we supposed to leave a tip for them? I have to admit, housekeeping probably comes into our room and rolls their eyes :rotfl2: . I look at a hotel like a few days of someone picking up after me instead of the other way around. :rotfl: I guess I might need to leave a little more than everyone else.

BecBennett
01-31-2008, 02:51 AM
One thing that I always forget, being from Australia, is that sales tax isn't included on the price advertised - on a lot of things anyway.

So make sure that you don't go to the counter thinking that you've got the right money for something. Last time I was there I was constantly doing that and it was so embarrassing having to get out of line and find the person with my extra money... :blush:

bumbershoot
01-31-2008, 03:40 AM
Holy Cow!! I must be a terrible hotel guest! I've never ever tipped a housekeeper, I didn't know we were supposed to?!? :confused3 Where are the rules for this type of thing?


I don't know. But the biggest reason I don't enjoy tipping housekeeping is that I had my money stolen by housekeepers at a fancy hotel once. I was a beyond-broke student, staying there on my parents' dime in a proper suite (bedroom on either side of a sitting room) for my brother's wedding. I emptied out my pockets and purse in preparation for the wedding, and left a pile of my purse-junk on the table. There was change intermixed with papers and lipstick and whatever, and the gol dern housekeeper picked all my change out of the pile and took it, thinking it was a tip. Couldn't have been even $2 total, but s/he took it.

I'm fairly sure I actually had NOT tipped between then and September at Paradise Pier, because of that experience. And of course there was the infamous "left a pair of BRAND NEW athletic shoes in a room, called not a half hour later, and no one could find them" experience. I think I felt that I had given enough, universally, to housekeepers for those intervening years...

But the PP housekeeping people, even though they messed up pre-check-in (I think we were given a room where people had smoked, been caught, and kicked out the same day, from the condition of the room and the smell of smoke in a non-smoking hotel), passed muster because I left a tip out for them and they did NOT take it until I put a note under it that it was for them.

And tipping is all backwards, anyway. You come into a hopefully clean room, and you should tip the person that made it that way. Instead, you're tipping for service that hasn't been provided, and might not be provided, when it comes to housekeeping. Then on the last day, you're tipping for the service that the NEXT people are going to enjoy. I'd say that it's to make up for that first day where you walked into a clean room, but who knows if it's the same housekeeper?


I'm not going to put the do not disturb sign up. I want clean towels.


Good gracious I hate tipping! Even when I had jobs where we received tips I hated them! I've got to be the worst-tipping former-server/former-barmaid in the universe. I wish we could all be like the countries who pay people properly and leave it at that.

Now I'm all up in arms again. :upsidedow


One thing that I always forget, being from Australia, is that sales tax isn't included on the price advertised - on a lot of things anyway.

So make sure that you don't go to the counter thinking that you've got the right money for something. Last time I was there I was constantly doing that and it was so embarrassing having to get out of line and find the person with my extra money... :blush:

You can experience the reverse of that if you're used to sales tax and go buy things in Oregon. No sales tax there, and I am constantly estimating up, then am pleasantly surprised when there's none.

It must be hard for Oregonians to travel elsewhere!

kiwitravel
01-31-2008, 06:04 AM
Tipping is really hard for us Kiwis too as we have almost no tipping in our country.

We didn't tip the housekeepers as we didn't know how, we left money out a couple of times but they didn't take it. We tipped the shuttle driver $1 per bag if they were helpful and unloaded the bags. Next time I will try and meet the house keeper mid stay and give her something "on account"

We tipped 10% at the restaurant if service and food was only average which unfortunately it was at all the places we tried.

LindaOwl1
01-31-2008, 09:09 AM
I usually put $3 (there are 3 of us ) in an envelope marked "Mousekeeping" and leave it on the dresser or TV each morning on the way out. I make these all up ahead of time and leave them in the suitcase, so I don't have to look for singles in the AM. This was a tip I learned a couple years ago on the WDW threads.

Harlie
01-31-2008, 10:52 AM
I used to be a hotel housekeeper and it was rare to get a tip, but it was so nice to get one. Now DH and I tip. If we are just staying one night we will usually tip 4-5 dollars. If it is more then a night we will leave about 20 dollars in checkout day, we also leave unopend pop and beer/alcohol and juice boxes. I know at our hotel unopened left drinks were used for our housekeeping Christmas wind up.

I have never come across restaurants adding a percentage to your bill to force you to tip. I am not sure if I like that. Lately in my city our employment rate is so high most serving jobs are being filled by punk 16 year olds with a who gives a crap attitude that give you really poor service. Last week we went to Joey's Only and we ordered our drinka dn got them 45 mins later and she dropped them off and didn't take our food order. We had to ask another waitress to do it and we did not get our food for over an hour. We were there for over three hours and not very happy. We still tipped but it would anger me to be forced to tip that bad of service, if you know what I mean.

I don't have a set rate for cab drivers I always tell them that they can keep the change.

Harlie
01-31-2008, 10:57 AM
Or, simply put a DND sign on your door~that's what me and my hubby do. Those are my absolute favorite guests! :) One of my co-workers goes even further-she'll strip the room for the housekeep.

I do that too, strip the room before we go. Mainly because it is the best way to check if you have everything. When I was in housekeeping my fave guest were the ones that just wanted extra towels and or coffee and anyone on a non-smoking floor!

Harlie
01-31-2008, 11:00 AM
Holy Cow!! I must be a terrible hotel guest! I've never ever tipped a housekeeper, I didn't know we were supposed to?!? :confused3 Where are the rules for this type of thing?

So, where are we supposed to leave a tip for them? I have to admit, housekeeping probably comes into our room and rolls their eyes :rotfl2: . I look at a hotel like a few days of someone picking up after me instead of the other way around. :rotfl: I guess I might need to leave a little more than everyone else.

Not a lot of people do know that hotel housekeepers should be tipped, so don't feel bad. As for how to leave a tip I just leave our tip as we leave the room for checkout. I don't leave daily tips I just increase the amount of tip for more days we stay in the room.

mindylovesmickey
01-31-2008, 12:39 PM
Okay, but how does it work? Does housekeeping share all their tips, or does the person who happens to clean your room that day just get lucky?

Lynzer Torte
01-31-2008, 01:39 PM
It must be hard for Oregonians to travel elsewhere!

It sure is! I can't stand paying sales tax! :mad:
:laughing:

Brady's Mom
01-31-2008, 04:24 PM
Okay, but how does it work? Does housekeeping share all their tips, or does the person who happens to clean your room that day just get lucky?

We just usually tip at the end of our stay. So I have the same question. Should we be tipping every day? or is tipping at the end adequate?? I certainly appreciate good service and know that housekeepers don't always make the most money and can be treated very poorly by some people. Plus we have 4 kids so when we stay at a hotel we try to be conscientious about the mess they make.:confused3

Snow Brite
01-31-2008, 07:58 PM
I have worked at hotels for many years now and would love to answer this question. :-)

Housekeeping is a lovely place to leave a tip as these people work so hard doing a mostly anonymous and thankless job. The standard is $1 per person per night, a little more if you are messy. You can leave it daily, just leave the money on the pillow. Or you can add it up and leave it with the front desk at checkout in an envelope addressed to the Executive Housekeeper with your room number and dates of stay and she will make sure it is divided up among the housekeepers that cleaned your room during your stay. I like the later method as it is also a chance for the housekeepers to be recognized by their boss. :-) Do not make your bed when you check out, but instead strip the bed and leave it in a pile on the floor with the dirty towels and your housekeeper will love you all the more.

Bellmen should be tipped about $1 per bag with a $5 minimum. A superior bellman will point out your emergency exits, open the drapes if they arent already and point out the features of your room along with bringing in all of your bags, placing them on the luggage racks and hanging up any hanging bags in the closet. It would be nice to recognize this effort with a little extra tip.

The concierge is also a place where people forget or do not know to tip. If you ask the concierge to make you a standard dinner reservations $1-$3 is fine. If you ask for a special favor $5+ should be standard. This is a tip, not a bribe, so it should be offered after the service is provided, not before. However if you are asking for a miracle, and they try to provide it and are unable to do so, a tip is still standard for their time and effort.

Shuttle or taxi drivers should get a couple dollars in my opinion unless they offer additional services than just getting you safely to your destination and unlaoding your bags to the curb. If they provide lively conversation, directions, suggestions and transfer your bags to the bellmen at the hotel so that you don't have to touch them, then more would be in order. 18% seems excessive to me for basically just doing their job of driving a van between the hotel and the airport and not getting in an accident.

Restaurant tips are an area of great controversy (buffet vs sit down vs self service) so I will leave that for someone else. :goodvibes

daffidyll
01-31-2008, 08:42 PM
Thanks everyone! Lots of great info here! I always made our bed every day and basically did a tidy up of our room so the only thing housekeeping really needed to do was empty bins and leave fresh towels if we needed them. It never even occured to me to strip the bed on our check-out morning instead of making it....thanks for that! Will do it from now on. So now I'm confused a bit. If we put up the DND sign and don't need housekeepings service on some days do we still tip them for those days???

Back to the character meals.....how do you tell if the tip would have been included in the meal cost? We purchased the Minnie & Friends breakfast with our package and as far as I can see it doesn't say one way or the other (but then I'm too lazy to read all the fine print anyway). So, if most people have prepaid for the character meal do you still leave a tip??? Does it make a difference if it's buffet vs table service?

Aurora1959
01-31-2008, 08:56 PM
I usually put $3 (there are 3 of us ) in an envelope marked "Mousekeeping" and leave it on the dresser or TV each morning on the way out. I make these all up ahead of time and leave them in the suitcase, so I don't have to look for singles in the AM. This was a tip I learned a couple years ago on the WDW threads.

I like to do that too. I also sometimes write a little note of thanks for the housekeeper. Sometimes we have to ask for extra towels because there are usually only 4 towels in the bathroom and I would like to have 6. If they remember each day to keep 6 towels for us I tip more.

We also sometimes make strange bedding arrangements. Like our trip in Sept. My aunt suddenly decided to join us. So we suddenly had 2 aunts, me, and my two sons and only 2 queen beds. I couldn't upgrade us to a suite at the point when she came. No biggie. I just pulled the shams off both beds and put them on the floor to make a bed. One of my aunts is allergic to down, so we used the down filled comforter and duvet to 'link' it all together. My son thought it was great. And before anyone winces, the whole thing was because they were out of sleeping bags. Or we have just done that. Anyway - at turn down, our magical bed, magically appeared. That was great service, and I did tip well for it.

If anyone here happens to be in housekeeping at DGC, is it the same staff for turn down as it is for clean-up? I always wondered about that because they would have to work like 9 hour days sometimes or more to do both. Makes me wonder if I should start leaving a small amount for the person who does our turn-downs too. I could do that in the afternoon when we come back for a little break.


But the PP housekeeping people, even though they messed up pre-check-in (I think we were given a room where people had smoked, been caught, and kicked out the same day, from the condition of the room and the smell of smoke in a non-smoking hotel), passed muster because I left a tip out for them and they did NOT take it until I put a note under it that it was for them.

We actually don't stay at PP anymore because of that. Our last two stays, both concierge suites, smelled horrible like someone had been smoking. Their solution was to bring in a carpet cleaner and then fans to dry the carpet. the second time a guy came up with what looked like a pesticide sprayer and sprayed down the rooms with air freshener. If that was all they were going to do I would have brought my own Frebreeze. I can at least say that the management tried, that's better than some places. And it wasn't their fault someone tried to smoke in the room. But in both cases, even though there was room at all 3 hotels, they wouldn't move us. that was the part that made me mad. I had to pull the "don't make me start up my computer and prove to you that I can book online" routine.

So we just stay at the Grand now. No smoking - no smoke residue from years of allowing smoking. = No Asthma attacks.

22grover22
01-31-2008, 10:32 PM
This is based completely on my years in the Restaurant business. I am not familiar with Disney Dining as this will be my first trip. Generally tipping for sit down service is anywhere between 15%-20%. Togo, curbside 5%-10% Counter service N/A. My two biggest friendly reminders is that tipping is based on service not on food taste or preparation. Please address a manager for that one. The other would be to realize that in most establishments tips in some form are shared with assistants, hostess, busser etc. :)

kellymom
02-01-2008, 10:47 AM
I never have the housekeeping come in during my stay, just put up the DND sign. I will just switch out towels in the morning when the housekeeper is near our room. If I have to call for towels, I tip the person bringing them up. We will bundle up the trash and either take it to the trash or again, if in the hall, just put it in their cart. At the end of our stay I leave a $5 on the bed. I just don't like having someone come in the room when we are not there.

Alex2kMommy
02-02-2008, 12:18 PM
We also typically tip $1 per person in the room, but I also straighten up the room before the housekeeper arrives, and pull the covers back on the bed. (DH thinks I'm nuts, but my mother would be mortified if I didn't.) ;)

If we've been a bit messy (kids spilled something, for example) or the service was extra special (one Mousekeeper posed all the boys' stuffed animals together on the bed :goodvibes ) we tip more.

DH used to leave the tip in an obvious location (like a clear spot on the bathroom counter), but last trip I grabbed regular mailing envelopes, wrote 'Mousekeeping' on the front, and we filled them with ones before we left. That way we were sure to have enough ones, and it was easy to just pull the envelope for the day out, add a bit more if necessary, and off we went. :)

Hofmanns4
02-02-2008, 07:04 PM
Most of the places we stay have little cards in the bathroom from Housekeeping with some friendly message. I know that the Grand Californian also does this as well.

We left the daily tip of $5 under this card and they took every day.

I never thought about the turn down service, however. Does anyone tip both? Are we supposed to?

Harlie
02-02-2008, 11:14 PM
Or you can add it up and leave it with the front desk at checkout in an envelope addressed to the Executive Housekeeper with your room number and dates of stay and she will make sure it is divided up among the housekeepers that cleaned your room during your stay. I like the later method as it is also a chance for the housekeepers to be recognized by their boss. :-)


Sorry I have to disagree with this. I have worked at two different hotels and at both hotels when tips are left at the front desk for housekeeping it NEVER makes it to the housekeeping staff. It went directly into the General managers pocket! I do not recommend tipping this way. Staff at hotels tend to backstab the other departments.

As for how to tip it is really a choice. I can mention that the two hotels I have worked at all had their full time staff working Mon-to Fri and part-timers floating during weekdays and then taking over for the full timers on the weekend. So for the most part you only have one or two different Housekeepers for a one week stay. Also since tipping a housekeeper isn't a common practice seriously any one that gets a tip their co workers do not get jealous or angry they are all ust as excited.:woohoo: But if you want to tip daily then just use the note pad and pen provided in your room leave your tip on the pillow on top of the note maked for housekeeper. No need for envelopes.

I leave our tip at the end because I am not usually thinking about tippin until it is time to go. We have also never spent more then 3 nights in a hotel room either.

Harlie
02-02-2008, 11:25 PM
Most of the places we stay have little cards in the bathroom from Housekeeping with some friendly message. I know that the Grand Californian also does this as well.

We left the daily tip of $5 under this card and they took every day.

I never thought about the turn down service, however. Does anyone tip both? Are we supposed to?

I worked Turn down service, this was the best job in Housekeeping (must have been all the free mint lindor chocolates one could eat for free lol) Turn Down staff get less tips then the regular staff as we kind of like to do the turn downs like we are house elfs. Actually when I was working there we often referred to ourselves by house elf names lol! I would say if you wanted to tip TD staff then just leave $1 with a note on the bed. If you are in the room when the TD staff comes around feel free to ask for extra bottles of water and coffee (some places may charge ) my hotel was a charging hotel but s TD staff never followed that rule there was no way of keeping track of everything so it was easier to give it free and we never got in crap for it, so if you do ask for exrtra's the TD staff will be more willing to give you lots of extras :thumbsup2

EltonJohn
02-03-2008, 12:24 PM
Okay, but how does it work? Does housekeeping share all their tips, or does the person who happens to clean your room that day just get lucky?

The hotel I work for pools the tips together. However, if a guest gives us the tip directly then we get to keep it. Different hotels have different policies. If you do leave a daily tip then please attach a note to it. I sometimes find $$$ and sometimes wonder if it is tip money, but I can't know for sure unless the guest attaches a note. I never take the money unless I absolutely know for sure that it is a tip.

Boston Tea Party
02-03-2008, 12:59 PM
For housekeeping we tip $1 per person daily. I have special envelopes that I print that say "Housekeeping Thank you from the Boston Tea Party family." :)

I've never stayed where there is a turn down service. :rotfl2: Too rich for my blood. ;)

barngro
02-03-2008, 07:58 PM
I've stayed at PP several times (15) and have NEVER had a problem with the rooms or housekeeping. I can't believe how many people complain about the tiniest little things. These rooms are occupied 365 days a year and you might once in awhile find a wrapper or something of that sort under the bed, but get over it, nobody's perfect.