Tipping Hostal/Hospedaje people, good or bad?
Replies: 68 - Last Post: Oct 15, 2012 12:10 PM Last Post By: ban_janti_return
Oct 7, 2012 5:48 AM
Tipping Hostal/Hospedaje people, good or bad?I've been giving tips to the people that work at the places I stay. This is the last morning I'm at the current place I've been at for 3 days. So I gave them all 10 soles each. They all acted surprised. Yes, I know that tipping is uncommon. But is 10 soles each a nice little gesture or an insult like why bother?
Oct 7, 2012 6:56 AM
1Although it's not very common to tip people in hostels (separately), I think it's good if they served you well. For shure 4 USD each is a more than decent tip, they won't get this very often I suppose.
Other option might be some kind of box where they gather the tips and divide them between all the workers.
Oct 7, 2012 7:07 AM
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Oct 7, 2012 8:34 AM
5I agree about not tipping in a non tipping culture, but Peru is a tipping culture. Just not neccesarily in hostals. I see locals leave a sol even at the 4 soles eateries. Not all do this, but many do. Many people don't tip maids at hotels in the US either. I do. Looking back, maybe 10 each was too much. I just wanted to leave a little token of appreciation.
Oct 7, 2012 10:20 AM
6But you are imposing your culture on how things are done locally. Tipping in a restaurant is fine but tipping in a hostel is out of place. If you want to feel good there are plenty of people who could do with a donation in Perú.
Oct 7, 2012 10:53 AM
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Oct 7, 2012 12:01 PM
9Good thing I didn't tip 20 then. ;)
#6, I agree and have argued the same. Yet any foreigner who steps foot in Peru imposes their culture unless banana pancakes are indiginous. Cultures change. That's just the nature of things. I remember when Europe was a no tipping zone. No longer. In fact, I find most Europeans now tip in more places than I would. Like it or not, we are headed for one global culture.
Oct 7, 2012 12:13 PM
10Although tips (propinas) are quite common in Peru, tipping in hostels (or taxi's for that matter) is not particularly common. So you don't have to do it because you feel you should do it because of the culture. However situations may arise in which you really feel that a specific person has served you very well during your stay, and you want to show your gratitude. You would then be absolutely free to give a tip. For instance to a specific maid working there. Normally not to the owner or to a relative of the owner. Try to make sure that the tip gets to the intended person.
On the other hand, I have seen situations where the owner for instance did so much in helping a guest in finding his/her biological parents (in case of somebody adopted as a baby to somewhere else in the world), or some other considerable help in cases of illness, dealing with the police, etc. that a tip to the owner might be felt appropriate. But in such a situation one would perhaps hesitate to use the word "tip".
I disagree with the statement that people in hostels consider you stupid if you give unexpected tips. They simply will be surprised and grateful.
Edited by: casaana
Oct 7, 2012 12:26 PM
11Tipping became common in Europe because American tourists installed it. They probably brought the stupid banana pancakes with them to Perú too. There are cultural changes which happen from within and others which come from outside. Tipping culture just gives owners an excuse not to pay proper salaries. I think you tip because you want to feel good and it is in your culture. To say it is part of a move to a global culture doesn't make sense. Why don't we all move in the opposite direction and not tip? "Global culture" usually means Americanization. Anyway, you asked what people thought and that's what I think.
Oct 7, 2012 1:06 PM
12#11, OK move in the opposite direction and see how it goes. LOL. You use words like "impose" like it's forced upon people. People adopt the culture they want. They can simply decline. I've had people decline tips. In Japan and China it's happened to me a lot. Cultures don't evolve in a vacuum. The only way to evolve from "within" is from complete isolation. That hasn't worked out for North Korea. American culture is a blend of cultures from all around the world. Don't like it? Come up with your own and see if anyone else goes along for the ride.
I'm not ra ra American culture. I call it a hole culture. Regardless of what it is, people all around the world are desparately trying to emulate it. I wish they would emulate Japan instead.
Oct 7, 2012 1:18 PM
13"Impose" is a proper word, once server said it straight to me to she has been tipped lower than she should, I found it extremely rude.
In Canmore restaurant I've a note on the manu "it is a Canadian custom to tip 15-20%"! How rude is that?!
Many other times when I don't tip 15% sever doesn't even say "thank you" but walks away with an angry face. People feel obliged to tip that much not to look cheap, I can definitely see that.
I'm talking from experience.
Even on TT forum if you go trough US/Canada branch you will see some lifeless Canucks offending people and telling them "don't come you are not welcome if you don't tip". I don't have a link right now, but it's there and I'm talking about "reputable" members of 10k+ posts!
Look at the tripadvisor for airport taxi prices, when some yanks or cancuks post the price they state "+15-20% tip" like this was a freaking tax! This is madness!
I don't really get what do you mean by "come and see for yourself", I'm writing to you from Calgary ;-) It's not theory for me.
Yes and no, they emulate what they see and what is convenient for them. So you can watch some shitty movies, have a Big Mac, but I find it hard to believe that people around the globe will start to tip 15%...it's also illegal in Europe or Oceania to underpay servers, because they "get tips".
I wouldn't even know that this absurd exist if I didn't come to this continent.
Oct 7, 2012 2:24 PM
14About OP's subject I'd say tipping at a hostel is a bad idea, just because it's not part of local culture (and there is no reason you should bring yours, whatever dominant you think it is).
(Off subject) No, Europe is not a tipping culture: first Europe as a whole doesn't mean anything (many different cultures - see how things get complicated when the EU has to agree on something), second (I speak for my own country, Switzerland) you might feel people expect it because you are in a touristic environment and they recognize you as a tipper (US citizens are fairly easy to spot to say the least); but local people didn't change their habits of not tipping.
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