We’ve stayed at many types of hotels from Park Hyatts to Comfort Inns. We always leave a tip for housekeeping every day of our stay, if that’s the appropriate social norm for the country we’re in. I understand some rooms are harder to clean than others due to size or the number of things that need to be changed, I can readily figure out the appropriate amount to leave on the pillow (or with a note letting them know the money is theirs to take).
The only place I struggle to figure out how much to leave is when we stay in an extended stay hotel.
For example, we often stay at the Candlewood Suites in New Braunfels, TX when visiting Schlitterbahn. Our typical stay is around 3-4 days and the Candlewood Suites offers housekeeping service once weekly. It’s not a problem for us, as the only thing we typically need is a change of towels and they’ll give you those at the front desk if you need them.
When we check out, I hope that they’ll be cleaning the glasses and plates in the dishwasher (or replacing them), emptying the fridge, cleaning and replacing everything in the bathroom and changing the sheets and pillowcases on the bed. In my mind, that’s what happens. I don’t need to hear stories of how it doesn’t get done that way. Willful ignorance is what allows me to sleep soundly in hotels.
It’s more work, in my mind, to turn this room around than it would take to change some towels, make a bed and do some vacuuming, so should I leave a larger tip to clean this room than I usually would? What’s an appropriate amount? 50% more than usual? Double?
Or am I just overthinking this?
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