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Brwhite
02-20-2005, 10:40 AM
Has anyone noticed better service from mousekeeping when you tip as oppose to not tipping. It never occured to me to tip in my hotel room. The only place I've done an extended stay at has been at Disney, and I guess I'm wondering if tipping housekeeping(mousekeeping) is standard practice, and now I wonder if I've offended some mousekeepers.

ILoveDisney-Angie
02-20-2005, 10:43 AM
Yes. I have noticed better service. Mousekeeping will leave towel animals and will rearrange stuffed animals on the bed, windowsill, table, etc.

kirbsam
02-20-2005, 11:35 AM
No difference. when this thread is over, you will see more people like me who tip and have never received a towel animal(not a big deal actually), than tippers that have. I hope tipping does not affect service, but human nature being what it is, it would not surprise me.(Not a dig, just stating what i think)

jpeka65844
02-20-2005, 11:54 AM
I understand tipping m'keeping (those ladies probably aren't making much anyway and I'm sure they appreciate being appreciated!) but what about bellhops? Does anybody use/tip them? I am FIERCELY independent and a little on the cheap side and will be responsible for my own bags, thank you!

That's one thing I HATED about NYC! Everyone wanted to help me with my luggage cuz they wanted a tip!

Now, if our room isn't ready and they have a bellhop come get our bags to store, THEN I'll do it, but not before! I'm not paying someone to do something I'm perfectly capable of doing myself!!!

I was a waitress in college and my first 2 years of teaching so I know what it's like to rely on tips! But honestly.......I think people can just get greedy.....



Denice T.
Olathe, KS

TammiMcMan
02-20-2005, 12:33 PM
I know this subject matter can get kind of heated, but this is my experience. No matter where we've stayed, I always tip housekeeping. In fact, whenever we plan a Disney vacation, my budget always includes tips. They usually cover the skycap at the airport who checks us in curbside and saves us the wait inside the terminal. I don't like to handle my own luggage while on vacation, so I set aside money for the bellhop. Typcially he'll take the extra time and fill the ice bucket, go over the room's heating/ac system and open/close the balcony door. Certainly not rocket science, but considering the fact that we did have a broken balcony door once and the bellhop took care of calling maintenance and having it fixed immediately for us. In terms of housekeeping, I'm satisfied with a clean room. In many trips, we've only had towel animals twice, but never had a problem with poor housekeeping. I'd like to think that is their normal service level and the tip is just our way of saying thank you.

swilphil
02-20-2005, 12:41 PM
I didn't realize that I should tip housekeeping everyday. I don't know why. It makes perfect sense that I wouldn't have the same housekeeper every day. I just was planning on giving my entire tip at the end of the trip. My first several hotel stays were only for one night, so maybe that's where the tipping at the end of the trip came from.

Anyway, on the 2nd or 3rd day of our last trip to WDW, our room had not been cleaned by 4 p.m. (I was saving the tip for the last day). So I would say you are going to get better service if you tip everyday, even if it's just a couple of bucks.

I have heard some people say that housekeeping is not a tipped position at WDW, but I look at it this way. If a large percentage of people are not leaving tips, the housekeepers are going to leave for a job where they can make more money. If Disney is losing too many employees in that area, they are going to have raise the salary of the housekeepers. Disney will then factor that into the amount they are going to raise the room rates. So either way I'm going to have pay.

Momof6
02-20-2005, 12:47 PM
We never used to tip housekeeping, because I didn't know we could/should. We have tipped Mousekeeping the last 3 trips. I don't know that there is a change in the service provided...but I want my children to recognize the work that is being done to help them have a fun and easy vacation. I print up some cute envelopes on the computer before we go, and put $2 in each. We always go for 14 nights - so $28 seems very reasonable to me. By budgeting ahead and setting it aside we don't need to run around for smaller bills.

:grouphug:
Denise

TammiMcMan
02-20-2005, 01:01 PM
Denise, I do the same exact thing as you. I print out all my tip envelopes ahead of time and go to the bank for the appropriate number of $1 bills. My daughter loves decorating them and I mark each one with the date that I'll need it. When we arrive at the resort, I stick them in the safe and just take out what I need.

I didn't answer the OP's question about offending mousekeeping. I honestly don't think that you would offend them. Tipping is a very personal choice and can depend on numerous things. Disney is host to many international guests and tipping is very different all over the world. When my DH was on business in Ireland, he put money on the bar in the Pub. His business associate explained that to leave a tip would be an insult. In another instance, DH and I ate dinner in a Disney restaurant one night and were seated next to a couple from another country. We ended up having a lovely conversation with them and probably stayed an extra hour having drinks with them. When the waitress presented the bill, the gentleman asked me to look it over for him and make sure that his addition was correct. Their dinner bill was something close to $200 and the tip amount he filled in was $5. Our bill was somewhere in the area of $100 and my DH had filled in a tip of $25. We got to talking about the tip and the couple was shocked that Americans tip approximately 15%. Our waitress was wonderful and we had taken up two of her stations for probably close to 3 hours, so my DH crossed out his tip amount and added a bit more to cover both.

bytheblood
02-20-2005, 01:26 PM
No difference. when this thread is over, you will see more people like me who tip and have never received a towel animal(not a big deal actually), than tippers that have. I hope tipping does not affect service, but human nature being what it is, it would not surprise me.(Not a dig, just stating what i think)

I agree. We are great tippers and only get towel animals on the cruise.

I have heard some people say that housekeeping is not a tipped position at WDW...

Boy, safetymom will jump all over this one. :teeth:

bytheblood
02-20-2005, 01:28 PM
:cool1:

lclark0621
02-20-2005, 01:37 PM
I tip sky cabs at the airports.

I tip housekeeping in hotels (though I have NEVER gotten a towel animal, but last time they did arrange DS's stuffed animals really cute on the bed).

I tip wait staff.

I tip bell hops.

It is these peoples' jobs to help you. So if they do a good job, I tip. I have with held tips from rude or obnoxious people though.

However when tryin to tip at the GF (except for wait staff), they have ALWAYS refused tips. Even our Mousekeeper there left her tip with a little not for us telling us how much she appreciated it, but it was not necessary & she was just doing her part to help make our stay magical. We left the tip anyway & she never took it! So we did leave great comments for her at concierge. Talk about service!

LSUDis
02-20-2005, 01:40 PM
We do tip now, but like a lot of people, didn't know that you tipped housekeeping until I had been reading around here. Really, we had tipped waitstaff, bellhops, valets, etc. everywhere that we travel, but we had never heard about tipping housekeeping before. Now that I think about it, I think that I would rather tip housekeeping that bellhops. I, like a previous writer, do not like how some just grab your bags. I, too, like to take my own bags. It just seems really too personal for a stranger to carry my bags to my room. (I know...I'm weird in some ways :rolleyes: ).

Anyway, we had a lovely woman last year at CBR for housekeeping. Being from the South, we make conversation with everyone (my husband says that I talk until I find out that I am related somehow to anyone I talk to :goodvibes ). Didn't work this time, though. I think that she was from Puerto Rico. :)
We talked as she cleaned and found out about her children (some of whom worked at other places at Disney), got her ice for her drink since we were going anyway, and, not only did she leave towel creatures, but she sat down one day and taught my DKs HOW to do a towel puppy....complete with stickers for eyes. Now, who wouldn't tip that! :goodvibes

kirkharrod
02-20-2005, 01:53 PM
I think whether you get a towel animal or not depends on if your Mousekeeper knows how to make them.

I always tip $5 per day for Mousekeeping and $5 per bag for bell man, because our room is usually trashed and our luggage usually has makeup kits lashed to the side, coolers strapped to them, etc.

I have always found that generous tips pay off dividends in the long run.

kirkharrod
02-20-2005, 01:59 PM
In another instance, DH and I ate dinner in a Disney restaurant one night and were seated next to a couple from another country. We ended up having a lovely conversation with them and probably stayed an extra hour having drinks with them. When the waitress presented the bill, the gentleman asked me to look it over for him and make sure that his addition was correct. Their dinner bill was something close to $200 and the tip amount he filled in was $5. Our bill was somewhere in the area of $100 and my DH had filled in a tip of $25. We got to talking about the tip and the couple was shocked that Americans tip approximately 15%. Our waitress was wonderful and we had taken up two of her stations for probably close to 3 hours, so my DH crossed out his tip amount and added a bit more to cover both.

Tammi: Your DH is a class gentleman for adding to your tip to cover the other couple!

I95 to I4
02-20-2005, 02:03 PM
We always take a stack of $5.00 bills with us on vacation. Everyone gets tipped all the time. The valet, whenever you drop off your car and every time you pick up your car, bellhop, maid service, room service etc. It just goes on and on. But it really is worth it and they remember you for it. Our last night at AKL, the room service staff brought us a complimentary tray of desserts with our coffee, the concierge service delivered a birthday cake to our daughter, they had a card signed from Mickey Mouse. We signed our envelope for the maid each day and when we would see the maids in the hall, they always said good afternoon Mrs Kessel etc. Because we tipped valet each time, they told us the rest of our valet was on the house. It really does matter if you treat other people with respect, because you get it back. A little kindness goes a long way.

Julia M
02-20-2005, 02:12 PM
I usually tip housekeeping wherever we are. On our last WDW trip, we tipped Mousekeeping at the AKL, and never received anything "extra". My sister didn't tip at all, and her kids received cute towel animals. So, "extras" are not about tipping, at least not all the time. That's okay with me.....I tip because it's what I want to do, not to try and "get" extras.

On the other hand, I have gotten "extras" in other cities where we have tipped. In Las Vegas, I received "upgraded" spa toiletries, rather than the regular items. That was a nice treat.

In Baltimore, (where we stayed in a Priceline room), I tipped every day, and our third day (last day), we had checked out, but went back to the room for a few minutes. We were suppsoed to be out at 11, and the maid was there. She told us to stay as long as we wanted and relax.......I'm sure it had something to do with us tipping her.

Personally, I also tip because it makes me feel good to feel like I've done something else for someone and it's appreciated. I have frequently been thanked by housekeepers in various hotels. I'm not a "big shot" in my life, but I feel like one when I'm thanked.

Julia

SaraMc
02-20-2005, 02:38 PM
I just came back from All-Star Music yesterday and we tipped Mousekeeping and my sister and her family who were in the next room did not.

We seemed to get more towel characters and lots more soaps. She did start tipping after her 13 year old left all his dirty laundry outside his suitcase and Mousekeeping picked it up for him.

Sara

lsteadman
02-20-2005, 02:57 PM
I take the mousekeeping envelopes and fill them as such

(1) $3.00 tip Supershuttle Drive
(1) $3.00 tip NWA skycap
(1) $3.00 tip Mears Driver /Jan it was $5.00 Towncar Driver
(1) $10.00 tip to MOUSEKEEPING because I take all sheets and blankets off at arrival. I want clean sheets and blankets.
(7) $5.00 tips total $35.00 in mousekeeping envelopes
(1) $3.00 tip Mears Driver
(1) $3.00 Skycap at MCO
(1) $3.00 tip Supershuttle Driver


I didn't list any tips for waiters because I use the MYW dining and tips are included. I think this is a small amount and I am by know means middle-income.

Sammie
02-20-2005, 03:09 PM
I tip at the end of our stay not daily. I do not think we have ever gotten better service because of tips. I see housekeeping just as I do a server in a restaurant. If I get service beyond their job description I tip accordingly. I never tip because I feel I must or to encourage good service.

The maids leave a card, usually on the vanity with their name on it. At the end of our stay I put the money in an envelope with their name on it.

G00fyDad
02-20-2005, 03:36 PM
I tip at the end of our stay not daily. I do not think we have ever gotten better service because of tips. I see housekeeping just as I do a server in a restaurant. If I get service beyond their job description I tip accordingly. I never tip because I feel I must or to encourage good service.

The maids leave a card, usually on the vanity with their name on it. At the end of our stay I put the money in an envelope with their name on it.
That would be great if that person is/was the only one cleaning the room. And depending on where you stay, they may be. But I have seen alot of people talk about having multiple Mousekeepers during their stay. That would stink for the last Mousekeeper to get all of the others tips.

swilphil
02-20-2005, 04:26 PM
.....
Boy, safetymom will jump all over this one. :teeth:

So is housekeeping a tipped position or not. I keep reading it's not though I tip no matter what. I'm just curious if what I've been reading is true.

G00fyDad
02-20-2005, 04:37 PM
So is housekeeping a tipped position or not. I keep reading it's not though I tip no matter what. I'm just curious if what I've been reading is true.
AT Disneyland it is, but at WDW it is not.

Sammie
02-20-2005, 06:09 PM
That would be great if that person is/was the only one cleaning the room. And depending on where you stay, they may be. But I have seen alot of people talk about having multiple Mousekeepers during their stay. That would stink for the last Mousekeeper to get all of the others tips.

If that is the case then there would be different name card left. They leave their card in the room if they service the room. I leave an envelope for each if it changes during our stay.

petrymom
02-20-2005, 07:50 PM
I have been reading these threads and have to say "Thanks". I had read an earlier thread about tipping mousekeeping and to be honest was ignorant to the fact that this was even something I should do. (Sorry I am kind of sheltered, our upcoming vacation to Disney is first actual vacation in 12 years of marriage).

I love the ideas of the envelopes and having them done ahead. My DS and DD sat down tonight and wrote out our envelopes. We had a great time and they turned out so cute!!! Thanks for the idea.

One question though - WHAT IS A SKYCAP? Sorry, only flown one other time in my adult life. (15 years ago) Please help?

Petrymom

G00fyDad
02-20-2005, 08:33 PM
If that is the case then there would be different name card left. They leave their card in the room if they service the room. I leave an envelope for each if it changes during our stay.
What resort was that at?

MinnieM21
02-20-2005, 09:21 PM
What resort was that at?

I know the question wasn't directed towards me but we received a card/note each day after our room was cleaned by mousekeeping at the Grand Floridian. It was signed by whoever cleaned our room. Jackie always cleaned our room at the GF and we were so pleased by the great service!

disneyfan67
02-21-2005, 12:41 AM
I saw this on another thread and before I got a chance to reply the thread was shut down. As a working owner of a Janitorial company I can tell you first hand, tips are welcomed. I've cleaned a lot of homes and businesses and after a hard days work it's nice to get a few dollars here and there. Most of the maid postions are very low paying and a hard job to do with little time to do it. I've cleaned carpet in a few hotels and have seen this first hand what they have do. It's worth a few dollars here and there and how can you miss 1 or 2 dollars at WDW? Would that even buy a soda in the parks? I remember the movie "Bruce Almighty" and the scene where Morgan Freeman tells Jim Carrey "if you want to see a miracle be the miracle". Meaning if you want to see things change for the better in this world you should start pitching in yourself and others can follow your lead. That two dollars you leave could add up and make a difference in that Mouse Keepers life. Maybe it might put a decent meal on the table for their children or help with a new shirt, books, etc. You would be suprised how it can add up or how it can help. They get paid very little and Disney rakes in the money, so how could it hurt? It's up to you in the end and how you feel about it. I just wanted to add my 2 cents in. Thank you! :rolleyes1

keith-atl
02-21-2005, 01:04 AM
No difference. when this thread is over, you will see more people like me who tip and have never received a towel animal(not a big deal actually), than tippers that have. I hope tipping does not affect service, but human nature being what it is, it would not surprise me.(Not a dig, just stating what i think)

You know I tip everyday and once we recieved a towel animal but wife took it apart to wash up before I got to see it, and my mother got towel animals as well a couple of times.

keith-atl
02-21-2005, 01:09 AM
I have been reading these threads and have to say "Thanks". I had read an earlier thread about tipping mousekeeping and to be honest was ignorant to the fact that this was even something I should do. (Sorry I am kind of sheltered, our upcoming vacation to Disney is first actual vacation in 12 years of marriage).

I love the ideas of the envelopes and having them done ahead. My DS and DD sat down tonight and wrote out our envelopes. We had a great time and they turned out so cute!!! Thanks for the idea.

One question though - WHAT IS A SKYCAP? Sorry, only flown one other time in my adult life. (15 years ago) Please help?

Petrymom

Well Skycap I believe is the guys who check in your luggage curbside. I always tip them about 2 to 3 dollars a piece they take. I believe in karma and for some reason if i got cheap with them and my luggage didnt show I up I mad with myself. Another advice about flying that I heard is to divide your clothes up in different suitcases incase a piece gets misplaced, everyone will have something to wear till it is found.

keith-atl
02-21-2005, 01:13 AM
I understand tipping m'keeping (those ladies probably aren't making much anyway and I'm sure they appreciate being appreciated!) but what about bellhops? Does anybody use/tip them? I am FIERCELY independent and a little on the cheap side and will be responsible for my own bags, thank you!

That's one thing I HATED about NYC! Everyone wanted to help me with my luggage cuz they wanted a tip!

Now, if our room isn't ready and they have a bellhop come get our bags to store, THEN I'll do it, but not before! I'm not paying someone to do something I'm perfectly capable of doing myself!!!

I was a waitress in college and my first 2 years of teaching so I know what it's like to rely on tips! But honestly.......I think people can just get greedy.....



Denice T.
Olathe, KS

Well if you dont stay at a deluxe you wont feel uncomfortible with bell hops because you will have to actually go get them.

Now me Im a big tipper and when Im on vacation I do not want to do a thing and I love deluxes for that, I pull up they take my luggage out of my car and they vallet my car. By the time I have gotten to my room I probably have dropped $30 in tips.

G00fyDad
02-21-2005, 05:50 AM
I know the question wasn't directed towards me but we received a card/note each day after our room was cleaned by mousekeeping at the Grand Floridian. It was signed by whoever cleaned our room. Jackie always cleaned our room at the GF and we were so pleased by the great service!
Could it maybe be that you have one Mousekeeper for the week at a Deluxe and more than one for Moderates and below? I've never been to WDW so I'm not too sure. I have stayed at all kinds of other hotels and resorts in other places and have always had multiple housekeepers.

petrymom
02-21-2005, 06:39 AM
Thanks Keith-ATL!!!!! I will be sure to tip them too!!!! The advice about putting some clothes in my carryon is great advice. I think I will be doing that too!!!

Petrymom

jtdl
02-21-2005, 06:48 AM
This trip was my first time tipping Mousekeeping. I hadn't even thought about it until reading this board. I started by leaving $2 a day and found that the sheets on our beds weren't even being tucked in and we never got any special perk such as a towel animal or even the kids animals hanging in the curtain so after two days I started leaving $1. On our last day there we had a different mousekeeper and she left all kinds of cute little shells and things made from the washcloths (but no animals) and she hung the animals in the window. So in my experience, you do not get better service by tipping.

G00fyDad
02-21-2005, 09:20 AM
Thanks Keith-ATL!!!!! I will be sure to tip them too!!!! The advice about putting some clothes in my carryon is great advice. I think I will be doing that too!!!

Petrymom
You should always take anything you may need for one nights stay in your carryon. Your luggage may be lost and take a couple of days to reach you. At least then you'd have all the toiletries and a days change of clothing. I had this happen once and wasnt prepared for it. It will never happen again. :teeth:

Binni
02-21-2005, 09:52 AM
:flower: At the Carribean resort we got great Mousekeeping service....towel animals, my gonzo doll greeting us in fun ways each day...we tipped at the end of our stay (before we new better..to tip each day, as the staff changes). At Port Orleans, we tipped everyday and got only a clean room. I will always tip a few dollars per day in an envelope I print ahead marked "Mousekeeping".
These folks work hard and rely on tips as part of their income. I think the towel animals, etc are an individual thing. As with all jobs, only some workers give 110%. When they do give more, so do I, in show of extra appreciation.

jckdisneybound
02-21-2005, 10:07 AM
The way I look at it, anyone's who job it is to "wait on me" deserves a tip. I hate making the beds and cleaning toilets, so I'm going to tip the people who do that for me on a dialy basis. Same for valets, skycaps (anyone remember that Seinfeld episode), waiters/waitresses and such...

MinnieM21
02-21-2005, 11:01 AM
Could it maybe be that you have one Mousekeeper for the week at a Deluxe and more than one for Moderates and below? I've never been to WDW so I'm not too sure. I have stayed at all kinds of other hotels and resorts in other places and have always had multiple housekeepers.

We stayed for about two week (Dec. 7-16th) and had the same Mousekeeper the whole time. I'm not sure if it's because we stayed at a deluxe. After Mousekeeping cleaned our room they left a note saying that they had cleaned our room, etc and they signed it. But we left a tip everyday anyway. :) She did a great job and was such a sweet lady.

VictoriaT
02-21-2005, 11:49 AM
We just got back, and tipped everyday ($5), at the Polynesian, Samoa Building, and did not receive anything special except a clean room. I was hoping for one towel animal! Maybe next time- our Mousekeeper was a gentleman- maybe he did not know how to do them. I wish we did not have to leave so soon!

Now we are back in the land of giant snowfalls :cold:

jtdl
02-21-2005, 12:10 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention that on our 2nd day I left a note asking the Mousekeeper if she could leave an extra bag big enough to cart my laundry to the laundry room. She left me a note with it thanking us for having such a clean and tidy room - but that's all we got!

Skroops
02-21-2005, 12:16 PM
until reading these boards I didnt know what the towel animals were! They aren't always easy to see...they take a little imagination to see what they are! I didn't get it... or even understand what people were talking about! At first I was thinking that the posters were getting a souvineer type of thing that mousekeeping left for you! I realize now that I've had them before and just grabbed a rolled up, twisted towel to wipe my hands off. :rotfl2:

Skroops
02-21-2005, 12:27 PM
It's important, IMO, to insure personal service (tip?) to tip! These are people who have the power to make your vacation better! Don't you ever fear (I'm sure this NEVER happens) that housekeeping will scrub the bathroom with your toothbrush if you are mean to them? Does this ever creep into your mind? It does mine!

I try to tip well in hopes that when I need something, the help will be easier to find. It IS a selfish point of view, but I can't tell you how many times it has worked to my advantage. It works out great for everyone, and it works well with every tipped employee throughout our entire vacation. :banana:

Jules123
02-21-2005, 12:36 PM
So how much do you tip the bellhops?

jenr812
02-21-2005, 03:00 PM
It's important, IMO, to insure personal service (tip?) to tip! These are people who have the power to make your vacation better! Don't you ever fear (I'm sure this NEVER happens) that housekeeping will scrub the bathroom with your toothbrush if you are mean to them? Does this ever creep into your mind? It does mine!


Ewww! LOL I have thought about it though on previous vacations (not WDW - this is our first trip! :banana: )

PrinceJohn
02-21-2005, 03:06 PM
I feel for the mousekeeping - they work hard and probably put up with alot of junk from tourists who want all they can get from a resort. owever, I HATE to tip when I'm paying 400+ for a room. The funny thing is, we only tip housekeeping at WDW - it would never dawnon me to tip at a normal hotel. BTW, I do tip bellmen, it just seems right.

pamouselover
02-21-2005, 03:13 PM
I hope we get some kind of special services.
That is the reason I am saving to stay on site!
Does Mickey still call and wake you up in the morning?
Been so long since I stay on site. My kids are thrilled about it.
I think between 2-3 dollars a day is a good amount to tip for mousekeeping.
On your last day if it has been the same mousekeeper, then add a little more with a big thank you note!
<img src="http://images.quizilla.com/D/disneygurl05/1061057779__snowwhite.gif" border="0" alt="Snow white"><br>You are Snow White. You are great with new people,<br>romantic, full of dreams and wishes.

teachingmykids
02-21-2005, 03:50 PM
Like others here, I don't travel that much and it never occured to me to tip. I certainly will this time tho'. Do you tip the bus drivers? We will be w/o a car this time and will use the busses entirely.

Skroops
02-21-2005, 04:18 PM
we didn't see anyone tip the WDW bus drivers as we went from the resort to the parks. should we have tipped is a good question! does anyone tip them? I always assumed they were more like a city bus driver (well paid-not tipped).

As to bellhops, it used to be about a dollar a bag, a couple more if they show you around and offer other help. Is it the same lately?

We always tip the airport transportation too, whether it is a town car or van driver. Van driver gets a dollar a bag, town car driver gets 10-15.

bytheblood
02-21-2005, 08:51 PM
I have never seen anybody tip a bus driver....I suppose that if you wanted to compliment them for the wild ride, you could.

I can hear the announcement now...."You are riding Bill's bus. This is the closest thing you will experience to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad outside of the ride itself, so hold onto to your children and get ready to go."

"And don't forget to check out Bob's bus, a.k.a. Test Track, on the way back from Animal Kingdom."