A Guide To Tipping Butlers & Other Hotel Service Staff

Tipping has become a common courtesy or custom of people who appreciate the service offered or provided to them whether they are in a restaurant, salon, shop, or at a hotel. Depending on the circumstances or the timing, tipping could either be used as a reward for good service or even as a subtle bribe. This is especially true when you are using the service of one person throughout your entire stay. When this happens, you can either tip all at once at the end of your stay or if you want better services, you can tip upfront so that the staff would be encouraged to perform better.

Luxury resorts and hotels would now often provide their guests with an all around butler or something similar in order to give their guests more time to engage in more activities; relax and spend time with their loved ones. These butlers often provide a number of services such as carrying bags, unpacking or repacking luggage, orienting guests, making reservations, and even delivering room service food.

Now, if you are new to this and don’t know how much you should tip the butler or staff, know that if the staff or butler provides good service, you should at least tip him 5% of the room rate. It would be good to hand the tip directly but it is better if you put it in an envelope with a note of thanks. For example, you are staying at a resort for four days and the room rate is at $250 per nights, then that would ultimately cost about $1000. $50 should at least be tipped to the butler but also know that how much you tip will always be up to you.

It is a common tipping etiquette not to ask for change. If you don’t have a tip ready, you can always tip the butler later. Also, you should take note of a resort’s tipping policy because some hotels and resorts have a no tipping policy because part of their pricing comes with gratuities. Lastly, no matter if you are in a family resort in Krabi, or somewhere in the Mediterranean, know that tipping is never required. You do it out of the goodness of your heart.

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