Tip for Hotel Cleaning

When traveling, people remember to tip servers, bartenders and hotel porters, but many overlook hotel housekeepers. Hotel cleaning is a job performed when travelers are outside of the hotel room, so their work may go unnoticed. Housekeepers make sure beds are made, linens are fresh and the room is clean. Housekeepers rarely get paid more than minimum wage and some earn a flat fee per room. Tipping for hotel cleaning is a polite way to reward for excellent service. While tipping is always appreciated, it is expected in some countries where employees rely on tips to supplement their income.


Inquire with the hotel staff as to whether you will have the same housekeeper each day or if it varies for each day of your stay. This dictates whether you should tip for housekeeping each day so that each housekeeper who cleans the room is paid or leave a lump sum at the end of your stay if you have the same housekeeper.


Leave a standard tip of $2 per day for each bed in your room, or $3 to $5 per day for upscale hotels and resorts. If you have the same housekeeper, leave a lump sum before checking out or leave a tip daily if your housekeeper changes each day.


Supplement the standard tip with additional money at your discretion if your housekeeper provides you with exemplary service, such as bringing extra towels frequently, helping you set up a cot or if your room is unconventionally messy.


Write a small note to leave with your tip or put the tip in an envelope marked “housekeeping” on the front. Housekeepers are very careful not to be accused of stealing cash, so tips must be clearly marked so they know the tips are intended for them.


Place the tip or envelope on a pillow or nightstand where the housekeeper is sure to find it.


Fill out the hotel survey to leave with the tip if you would like to compliment your service.


Give tips discreetly in Middle Eastern hotels. Tipping is expected for most services, but the exchange of money is usually concealed, such as by a handshake.


Tip an amount that you deem to be appropriate if you receive exceptional service in a country in which tipping is not customary, like in many European countries. Tipping is actually discouraged in some parts of Australia.