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lat
05-04-2004, 07:44 PM
Continue onto the tipping topic. We stayed at VWL for 5 nights and I just took some garbage bags and some dishwasher detergetns, the maids did not even come in.

We (2 adults) have 2 little kids (2 and 5) and my mother in a dedicated 2-br. We tipped $6 at the end of the stay.

How much do you think is the right amount of tipping in this situation? In a hotel, we tip every day for housekeeping. But since there is no housekeeping here during our stay, what do most members do?

Thanks

Doug Wolfe
05-04-2004, 08:01 PM
:( I hate to sound like scrooge, but I leave zip, zero, zilch, nada and a grand total of nothing.

If your stay is short enough you don't have mousekeeping. But even on my one-week stays they change the towels once and empty the trash....and frankly I never even think to tip them.:blush: I am sure I will be appropriately embarrassed by the other posters who do tip.:rolleyes:

lat
05-04-2004, 08:08 PM
Doug, but when you walk out of the room, the maid is usually very nearby, almost feel that they have been waiting around for us to leave. I feel bad not leaving $$ behind.

On the other hand, I am entitled to get a clean room when I check in, and I left it in fairly decent condition when we left (took out all garbage, had most of the kitchen stuff washed and dryed in the dishwasher, and had most of the towels washed and dryed). We left tips but not sure if others do given we really did not receive any service during the stay.

wdwsos
05-04-2004, 08:17 PM
I just spent five nights in a VWL 2-br, and left $10. I figured that I usually leave $2 per night for a regular hotel room. This is three rooms and two baths, so $10 felt right for the one-time cleaning after we left.

I had three teenagers with me. The smell of socks alone made the tip seem appropriate. ;-)

Dotti

Doug Wolfe
05-04-2004, 08:20 PM
You know, I am usually a big tipper. My DW is constantly getting on me about leaving tips that are too big. In fact, I tip everyone that even looks at my luggage.::yes::

But for some reason I just don't do it for DVC mousekeeping.

You're right, they are waiting for you to check out. I guess I'll be in the minority Lat. I suspect everyone else tips these hard working people.

I'll read the posts. Who knows, maybe I'll change my mind this summer when I go.::MickeyMo

PKS44
05-04-2004, 08:40 PM
According to Disney policy-maids are not a tipped position...some claim that any tips are turned over to management for general use-I have no idea if this is true -but Disney does have a list of tipped postions including waitstaff, bellhops, valets etc and maids are not on that list...I suppose they are supposedly paid accordingly by salary...

Paul

JimC
05-04-2004, 08:57 PM
The above poster is correct. Disney does not consider housekeeping a tipped position. But the general guideline for hotels is $1/day/person (left daily in a marked envelope or other obvious means), but $2/day minimum. For turndown service, or if you request an item be delivered to your room, such as a hairdryer or iron, tip $1/item. Tipping housekeeping is an age-old custom, but again it is not expected at Disney. If you feel it's unnecessary, don't feel obligated.

The tip is for service. It is not a surcharge, so I do not tip based on the number of nights for our stay. I generally don't leave anything for trash/towel service. I leave $5 for a studio, $10 for a one bedroom and $15 for a two bedroom if we are there long enough for full service. I know it does not follow the general guideline. But that is what I do.

I believe some leave $5 on T&T day and then $10 and up on full service days depending on the unit size.

MrsToad
05-04-2004, 09:32 PM
Can anyone clarify tipping at DVC resorts vs. tipping at the "regular" resorts? I had thought tips were expected at the regular resorts but not when staying in a DVC resort on points. Did I misunderstand?

Before my DVC days, I would tip $1/person/day. Once we began staying at DVC resorts on points, I began leaving a bit less.

Thanks for the clarification.

JimC
05-04-2004, 09:37 PM
WDW considers the housekeeping staff at all WDW resorts to be non-tipped positions. This includes DVC and "regular' resorts.

garettdoyle
05-04-2004, 09:37 PM
I guess I would be classified as a Scrooge as well, as I don't ever tip maid service at hotels when I travel. I reserve tipping for positions/jobs that depend on tipping for income (i.e. wait staff, bell hops, valet, etc.) I will also offer tips to the occassional outstanding employee. I just don't see the point in tipping housekeeping. I paid for a clean room and anything short is not acceptable. I don't expect the maid/housekeeper to pick up after me, i just expect the basic services (cleaning, bed making/changing, towel service, trash etc.). In fact, this is the same type of service I expect from other staff members at a resort that are paid.

If hotels begin to think that they can get away with not paying position because people tip they will. It seems to me that tipping non-tipping position just encourages hotel management to do this.

If you want to tip someone, feel free but I don't feel the least bit bad not tipping housekeeping.

Cruelladeville
05-04-2004, 10:00 PM
I don't understand why anyone would tip a maid who only leaves new towels once during a trip. I must be a Scrooge, too, but a tip is supposed to be for service, and if you don't get a service--??? Now, perhaps I would feel differently if I received a few "towel animals" in my room. :cat: :dog: :teeth:

OneMoreTry
05-04-2004, 10:31 PM
Maybe DVC considers maids to be "non-tipped" because no one tips them (not vice versa).

Tipping a maid is difficult. You're not sure when they'll appear and disappear and it's hard to know the tip will go to who you intend it for unless you happen to see them. The person who makes your towel animal may not be the one that picks up the tip when you leave.

lovwdwalot
05-04-2004, 10:47 PM
general guideline for tipping is $2.00 a day. We just returned from the BCV for 5 nights and we gave our maid $10.00

nydizfan
05-04-2004, 11:42 PM
but dont we all tip a bartender for pouring us a beer.. I think .. imho that maids work harder . but u know thats my opinion...dave

KANSAS
05-04-2004, 11:53 PM
christine
I tip $4 per day, so after one week stay,$28

nydizfan
05-04-2004, 11:59 PM
jeez kansas... 4 bucks a day .. good man..

Pa@okw95
05-05-2004, 06:39 AM
I wonder Lat, in the other post you said the valet was just standing there like he was expecting tip and this post you claim the maid was waiting around as you left like she was waiting for a tip. Do you attribute thoughts to other people you see. Hmm, just trying to bring humor to this subject but are you "Catholic", I am one, and we often suffer from guilt. At any rate, I do not tip the maids at OKW at all, they come in the unit for a couple of minutes, take the old towels and replace them, plus empty the garbage, in my case there is none because I empty it most days.Again I consider myself a excellent tipper, but again not in this situation, my dues pay for their service, at other hotels on long stays I leave $5 to $10 per day depending on the size of the unit. Not at DVC, they do nothing for me, no tip!!

JimC
05-05-2004, 06:42 AM
If you are going to tip housekeeping it should be done each day or at each service (DVC). It is quite possilbe to have different CMs servicing your room during your stay and I do not know if housekeeping pools their tips within each resort.

beattyfamily
05-05-2004, 08:49 AM
I tip the amount I would if I were staying at a regular resort and not a DVC BUT I leave it at the end of my stay at DVC and daily at regular resort.

We usually tip between $4 & $5 a day (family of 4).

ilovefh
05-05-2004, 09:09 AM
Someone mentioned Disney's policy for not keeping tips if you are not a tipped position. I know mousekeeping is not a tipped position, but I'm not sure of their policy on keeping tips. I know I was told to refuse a tip three times...if the guests still insists take the tip and then give it to management who will donate it to a charity. I can honestly say I've never seen anyone turn any tips in. I assume the policy is resort wide, but I also assume most don't turn their tips in.

TwirlerGirl
05-05-2004, 10:00 AM
We do not tip on T &T day but at the end of our stay. We use the $1 per person rate.

Now, we have on occassion tip housekeeping at BCV for the nightly turn down service. Since this is beyond the norm and in the month of Dec. an aditional $1 per night seemed right. We did get exceptional service and a few extra goodies.

Sandy

Chuck S
05-05-2004, 10:07 AM
While we rarely stay in a 2 bedroom unit, for a studio I usually leave $3 on trash/ towel days and $5 on full cleaning days and checkout. ONe bedrooms I leave $4 on trash and towel (becasue even though IS technically trash and towel, I often find a little "Tidying" done", and $8 for full cleaning and check-out, especially if I forget to wash the dishes before we're ready to leave for the parks.

carone0318
05-05-2004, 11:34 AM
I also do not tip housekeeping.

nydizfan,

I guess that I am ultra cheap because I do not tip the bartender either. Never did, never will. I have put a dollar in a cup that was on the bar once, but it was in an Irish pub and can only assume what that was contributing to.....hmmm ;) .

Mickmse2002
05-05-2004, 12:19 PM
I usually leave $10 at the end of a long stay. I do this in hopes the family checking in later that day gets a really, really clean room that was serviced by a happier housekeeper. Naive maybe, but it certainly can't hurt.

calypso*a*go-go
05-05-2004, 01:29 PM
I had three teenagers with me. The smell of socks alone made the tip seem appropriate. ;-)
:rotfl:
I wondered why I saw the maids in Chem. Gear !!!

kathleena
05-05-2004, 05:54 PM
Disney clearly states in the documents given at check in that housekeeping is NOT a tipped position.

Totally up to you if you do. To me that just means, they are not required to report tips for IRS purposes.

And I think it means that they could actually get in trouble if they accept one. At least according to a CM that I talked to, the non-tipped positions are not supposed to accept tips.

Granny
05-05-2004, 06:34 PM
Originally posted by Cruelladeville
I don't understand why anyone would tip a maid who only leaves new towels once during a trip.
Well, someone has to clean that room before the next guest arrives. And my guess is that there are LOTS of guests who don't exactly leave the villas in tip top shape when they check out.

I tip a modest amount depending size of accommodation. And I do try to do it the day the service is rendered, but sometimes forget.

Also, I've had housekeeping do a few things to help out between cleaning days a couple of times. They were reluctant, but finally accepted, a tip from me right then and there.

In the financial total of a WDW trip, tipping is a pretty small piece of the pie. :)

shelbyjosh
05-05-2004, 06:39 PM
Zero. Zip. Nada. That is their job. My husband is a heavy equipment operator. He tears houses and buildings down. If the contractor is content with his performance he gets a pat on the back. He certainly does not get a tip. I can't see why hk would get tips??

dianeschlicht
05-05-2004, 06:44 PM
Nope, don't tip unless they do something extra above and beyond the normal housekeeping duties. This would be having to bring up an extra something (like a mixer), or if there was a need for extra work like an overflowed toilet etc.

trainfun
05-05-2004, 07:09 PM
Fellow posters who have stated that housekeeping is not supposed to be tipped by DVC members are correct, nonetheless...

We tip roughly on the $1/person/day plan.

Housekeeping completely cleaned the unit before we checked in, changed the bedding, etc. so that when we arrive it is pleasant and inviting. Especially for a one or two bedroom, that's a lot of work. So they do a lot more than bring towels or take out the trash on the 4th day. For this alone these hardworking folks deserve a few bucks.

Also, housekeeping staff tends to be a low paying position, and they are working hard so I can relax and have a good time. The few dollars we leave is a $1/hour raise for the day for them. It is a small, but to my mind, necessary thanks for helping to make our stays so wonderful.

KANSAS
05-05-2004, 07:16 PM
mydizfan

i tip, because i was told once, that the maids, make $5.25 per hour and sometimes, work 2 to 3 jobs, to make it in life.
I am so grateful, my life, is not like that.

floridafam
05-05-2004, 07:17 PM
We get housekeeping daily at VB and I tip $5 (family of four)

I tip a lot more if I need to-if one of the kids gets sick or something and we request anything from housekeeping.

I missed the maid with the tip last stay and when I tried to tip her she wouldn't take it and said that cleaning our room was "a pleasure."

She also took one of my daughter's shirts out of the trash and left a note that she thought it had accidentally fallen into the trash. We actually meant to throw it out. I thought that was pretty nice.

barb45
05-05-2004, 07:59 PM
I don't usually tip housekeeping for DVC because they take out the trash and change the towels once. That is their job and they are not exactly going beyond the call of duty. I too feel guilty though. On the other hand on our first day at Wilderness we put groceries in the freezer and went to the parks. When we came back everything was thawed - it seems someone had turned off the fridge during cleaning. We complained because I said if the fridges are turned off there should be a sign somewhere to tell us to turn them on (Mike in housekeeping told us they were not supposed to be turned off in the first place). Then he picked up the spoiled food from us and on his way into work the next day stopped at the grocery store and replaced all the food. When he delivered it to our door we tried to tip him and he absolutely refused to take a tip. He really made my day!

OKW91
05-05-2004, 09:26 PM
We have left tips sometimes and other times nothing depending on the lenght of stay. I often wonder who gets the tip, it seems each day there is a different person taking care of the rooms! How do you know that the person who picks up the tip is the one who actually serviced your unit?

srwarden1928
04-18-2008, 01:29 PM
I have never understood tipping housekeeping. I tip the server in restaurants who have performed a service for me. I would tip a bellboy, but I choose not to use their service, because it again is a personal service. I do not see the housekeeper. They are doing their job as I do mine, not doing something personal. BTW I am a high school math teacher.

wildernessDad
04-18-2008, 01:52 PM
I voted over $6.

I tip $10 for a full cleaning and $5 for a trash and towel service.

Judy WI
04-18-2008, 03:17 PM
I tip about 5.00 on trash and towel day and a dollar a day per person at the end. I figure anyone who cleans up after other people deserve extra because I am sure they are not paid enough for what they do.

I do have a hard time tipping bartenders after they just pour a drink but cleaning toliets deserve extra. Figure it as just part of the trip expense.

JimC
04-19-2008, 06:17 AM
Continue onto the tipping topic. We stayed at VWL for 5 nights and I just took some garbage bags and some dishwasher detergetns, the maids did not even come in.

We (2 adults) have 2 little kids (2 and 5) and my mother in a dedicated 2-br. We tipped $6 at the end of the stay.

How much do you think is the right amount of tipping in this situation? In a hotel, we tip every day for housekeeping. But since there is no housekeeping here during our stay, what do most members do?

Thanks

Nothing for the situation you described.

n2mm
04-19-2008, 06:53 AM
I only tip for the day they come in. The same as if someone brought something to my room. IF they bring me towels I tip $2, if they do a full cleaning then I tip $5. This is all for a studio. If I stay in a larger unit I generally will double it.

Off-The-Deep-End
04-19-2008, 07:31 AM
If the room is clean at check-in, we have sheets for the sofabeds, the dishes are clean, and we are stocked with what consumables are supposed to be there then I would tip mousekeeping.

However, in 15+ DVC stays, that has not even happened once, so I guess I don't tip!

I no longer tip the runners who bring me the missing supplies. Sure, if we run out of TP or consumables mid-stay I'll tip that runner, but I no longer tip the runners bringing me missing sheets or toiletries on arrival day!

SamSam
04-19-2008, 10:37 AM
Also, housekeeping staff tends to be a low paying position, and they are working hard so I can relax and have a good time. The few dollars we leave is a $1/hour raise for the day for them. It is a small, but to my mind, necessary thanks for helping to make our stays so wonderful.

I completely agree with this. Housekeeping may not be a 'tipped' position but they work hard for low pay and I feel better tipping.

dizney4us
04-19-2008, 10:58 AM
I usually leave $10 at the end of a long stay. I do this in hopes the family checking in later that day gets a really, really clean room that was serviced by a happier housekeeper. Naive maybe, but it certainly can't hurt.

Agreed! We do the same thing, my husband likes to "pay it forward". If we all did this, maybe there would be less compliants about the rooms not being as clean as expected?? Just a thought.:confused3

Granny
04-19-2008, 04:47 PM
Are people aware this is a 4 year old thread? My opinion hasn't changed since my post on this thread in May 2004. :)

veenstra56
04-19-2008, 05:59 PM
It's funny, but I will tip better if the the housekeeping staff is friendly when I encounter them in the halls during my stay. I know that this has no effect on how well they clean my unit, but I like to think that the people I'm tipping are happy that I am there. Conversely, if I am ignored a seed is planted in my head that I am just a such-and-such creating more work for them, and I end up tipping less.

For the record, I voted for more than $6.

CarolAnnC
04-19-2008, 06:39 PM
Since this thread is 4 years old and I know we have had more recent discussions on the topic, I am closing this thread. We all know how much the price of gasoline has gone up over the past 4 years, lol. Thanks all.