Tipping at the end of a hotel stay?
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Feb 10, 2013 8:05 AM Last Post By: channamasala
Feb 8, 2013 8:11 PM
Tipping at the end of a hotel stay?Need an answer quick for this one. I suspect the answer is "yes" but just want to check.
We arrived late last night and had no small denomination currency with which to tip the driver (hotel arranged) or the guys who made us a midnight cheese toast because we were starving. I know there's a service charge, but I also know that usually goes to the manager, not the other guys. We asked if we should immediately pay for the cheese toast (wanting small bills) but they said no need. So nice!
Wen we pay our final bill and check out, is it OK to just add a bit more to the bill and ask the cashier to tip the guys who helped us? It was so late and we were so tired that we don't remember their faces. Seriously, I was really out of it.
Or do you think doing that will result in the guy who checks us out just pocketing the money?
I don't think so - they all seem to work together - but that would quite normally happen in India.
I know I'm over thinking this, I'm still tired and a bit jet lagged!
Feb 8, 2013 9:01 PM
Feb 8, 2013 9:28 PM
Feb 8, 2013 11:11 PM
3Go out to a shop and get some change. Then when you're leaving, call the guys who helped you, and just give it to them.
Giving it to the cashier will result in him pocketing it.
Just a rule of thumb, when someone does something for which you feel you need to tip, give it only to him, face to face so that he knows you are thanking him.
Also, if he does it over a longer period, don't go on tipping, rather leave one large tip at the end.
Feb 9, 2013 12:53 AM
4Guys who made us a midnight cheese toast because we were starving
Immediately you should tip him.
Midnight on one serves food to your room after 10.30pm.
They or he did great job for your starving.
Service charge does not go to the manager it goes to all staff and end of the month they share it.
Some hotels they have tip box which they share end of the month.
Ask the cashier to tip the guys who help you?
This is must and he should ask.
For this point cashier most know the all what happen and must be knowing that you haven’t give him tip at that time and right people will get the tip at the end.
Feb 9, 2013 3:17 AM
Feb 9, 2013 3:21 AM
6Well, what happened was that the guy who made us the midnight cheese toast also gave us our final bill, so we were able to give him a nice tip right then and there. At least I think it was him. I really didn't remember faces but I am 99% sure. I would have tipped immediately, really, but our lowest denomination bill was 1000 and it was midnight. There was no way to get change.
The other guy who made us cheese toast later on turned out to be the owner/ manager, so he would have gotten the 10% service charge, but we tipped around anyway. We did tell the owner to pass some on to the arranged driver who dropped us off, but...well...not sure if that happened.
Now we're in Kandy and are Ina better situation (more bills of various denominations etc).
What shocked me is that nobody hung around skulking for a tip that they, by custom, had a right to expect and get. In India or Egypt it would have been super obvious and awkward, but in Sri Lanka they just got on with it (and did get their tip in the end). I like that. Such a chilled out, genuinely nice place.
Feb 9, 2013 6:15 AM
7Like most things in India this can be complicated.
There's a restaurant I frequented in Jaisalmer where the head cook and his assistant said they couldn't accept my tip because they were afraid their boss (the owner) would see me giving them money, or hear about it later. An Indian friend explained the correct procedure was I give the tip to the boss while the two staff are present, and the boss hands over the tip in my presence, and on my behalf. Apparently that way the boss doesn't 'lose face' because the amount of the tip on this occasion was about the same amount these guys earned in a week.
And before I get slammed for creating an outrageous precedent, I had been eating two meals a day at this place for 3 months, and had been very well looked after.
Feb 9, 2013 7:58 AM
Feb 9, 2013 8:23 AM
Feb 9, 2013 3:10 PM
Feb 9, 2013 5:15 PM
Feb 9, 2013 6:08 PM
12I'm sue they all expected it, but my experience has been that they're not as in your face about it as other countries. I'm not anti tipping so it doesn't bother me...although as an American I'd like to see my own country pay tipped staff more fairly. I still tip...but I don't like the system.
Feb 9, 2013 6:42 PM
Feb 10, 2013 8:05 AM
14Well, now in Kandy and the requests for tips are starting. I don't mind tipping but it's kind of annoying.
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