I stay in a lot of hotels. Mostly nice ones. For an average of three nights per trip. I am very, very aware of the effort made to keep my room clean. I also have a pretty good imagination. On the list of all the jobs I could ever want to have, cleaning hotel rooms is not there. The only thing worse I can think of would be working in a hospital. Or teaching high-school.
Anyway, I get paid a lot, and the housekeeping staff get paid crap. They clean up other people’s grossness and they get half minimum wage (http://www.dol.gov/whd/state/tipped.htm) just like the wait staff in a restaurant. They make my room a clean, comfortable place to collapse in after 14 hours hunched over a computer in a frigid ballroom. The very least I can do is pick my clothes up off the floor, wipe the hair out of the sink and leave a tiny bit of cash on the dresser.
So, I tip five dollars a day, every day that they clean my room. (I hang the do-not-disturb sign every other day when it is a long stay. I imagine the next best thing to an extra five bucks in your pocket is not having to clean a room at all.) I also leave a note – nothing fancy, just a simple, “For the housekeeper, Thank You!” Just so that it is clear. And I leave the money every day because I don’t know if the person cleaning my room at the end of the stay is the person who cleaned the rest of the time.
Why am I sharing my hotel-tipping practices? Simple. Because I think the world would be a better place if everyone tipped more.
And that is all I have to say about that.