Hotel Tipping Guidelines Checklist

Here’s a tip: Follow these guidelines from etiquette and industry experts and you’ll never be baffled by the amount of gratuity to offer valets, bellhops, housekeepers, or other hotel staffers.

  1. Check Doorman

    $1 to $3 if he brings your bag to the front desk or flags down a cab for you. Up it to $5 if he hails a taxi for you in the rain.

  2. Check Bellhop

    $1 to $5 per bag delivered to your room.

  3. Check Housekeeper

    $2 to $5 a day for chain hotels and B & Bs. For luxury resorts, where rooms require more upkeep, tip $5 to $20 a day.

  4. Check Room Service

    15 to 20 percent of the cost of the meal. If a service charge appears on your tab, the gratuity is included.

  5. Check Concierge

    $5 to $50, depending on whether the service was minor (booking you a restaurant reservation) or major (scoring hard-to-get tickets).

  6. Check Valet

    $2 to $5. Tip when you pick up the car, not when you drop it off. But if you just got a new set of wheels, you may want to hand the first valet a few bucks, too.

  7. Check Room Delivery

    $1 to $2 per delivery for items that don’t come with the room, such as a razor or a tube of toothpaste.

  8. Check Spa Staffers

    10 to 20 percent of the treatment cost. Leave the tip with the receptionist.

  9. Check Room Repairs

    Zero. There’s no need to pay someone who fixes things (the TV, the AC) that were supposed to work already.

  10. Check Airport Shuttle Driver

    $2 to $3.