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Hotel housekeepers get tips more than concierges, survey says

March 17, 2013|By Hugo Martin
  • Housekeeper Marina Ortiz sprays cleaner-disinfectant on desk inside a Sheraton hotel room.
Housekeeper Marina Ortiz sprays cleaner-disinfectant on desk inside… (Ken Hively / Los Angeles…)

If you never tip a concierge when staying at a hotel, you are not alone.

According to an online survey of nearly 700 travelers, 55% said they never tip a concierge, and 23% said they tip between $2 and $4 per day.

The survey by the hotel booking website Tingo found that housekeepers get better treatment. Among hotel guests, 40% said they tip $2 to $4 per day, and 15% tip $5 to $7 per day. Only 19% said they never tip a housekeeper.

“I always tip hotel maids, and you should do it as soon as you check in, and thereafter each day of your stay,” said George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog, a low-airfare alert and air travel advice website. “You’ll be surprised how much extra attention you get.”

The tips might cut down on the number of times housekeepers barge into your room without knocking.

According to the survey, 33% of travelers said housekeepers have walked in on them while they were sleeping, getting out of the shower, getting dressed or using the toilet.

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