Checking Into Hotel Etiquette expert Peggy Post's tipping guidelines - whether you're staying at a hotel, motel, or B&B
Takes luggage from your vehicle to the front desk, hails you a cab and opens the door; particularly at luxury hotels.
Tip: $1 to $2 for carrying luggage; $1 to $4 for getting a taxi (the higher end if it's raining or if the doorman had trouble flagging down a cab); none required for opening the door.
Checks you in and out and can also provide help with very brief requests: directions, information about the city, etc.
Tip: None required.
Takes your luggage from the front desk to your room; also runs errands like delivering faxes and packages to your door.
Tip: $1 to $2 per bag, depending on the quality of the hotel, but not less than $2 total; $2 to $3 for bringing a requested item.
Provides an array of services - from giving directions to making dinner reservations; particularly at luxury hotels.
Tip: None required for answering a question; $5 to $10 (immediately, not upon checkout) for each special service; more for miraculous efforts like obtaining tickets to a sold-out show.
Makes the beds, cleans up any messes and sometimes turns down sheets.
Tip: $2 per day in a moderate hotel, $3 to $5 per day in a deluxe hotel. (Tipping daily rather than when you check out ensures that the tip will go to the specific person who cleaned your room.)
Parks and retrieves your car.
Tip: $2 to $3 per handoff.
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Room service waiter
Delivers food to your room at hotels with a restaurant.
Tip: Fifteen to 20 percent of the total charge. (Check the bill to see if gratuity has already been included, but don't confuse this tip with a delivery charge.)
Usually serves as cook, maid and tour guide for guests - who are generally treated more like friends and family.
Tip: None required (though B&B employees should be tipped the same as hotel employees).
-by Peggy Post
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