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Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:00 PM

How much should a concierge be tipped?

I'm in DC and stay at an upscale hotel with a concierge floor (not Marriott but upscale boutique). Their concierge staff (6 of them) treat me like gold, catering to me and being very nice. As I travel here once or twice a month, and stay a week at a time. I get the same room with a sofa, king bed, huge room, huge bathroom - you get the idea.

So I would like to tip them - but how much? Do I only tip at year end or every time I stay? Last time I did it Ipaid them $40/person, but each trip I'd go broke.

I do want to show my gratitude

Thank you

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:04 PM

1. In the past, I have done 5 bucks a day.

 

I have gone back to the same place a couple times. They remember me and don;t seem offended, so I guess it was okay!

I kinda hate tipping culture, but there ya go. Noblesse oblige.

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Response to Adrahil (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:06 PM

2. $5 is standard for the Housekeeper...

COncierge staff should get $10-20 per day especially if they're providing extra services.

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:07 PM

3. I work in a hotel in DC.

Concierge floors are expected to give higher level service, so they don't generally expect a tip unless they go out of their way to get you a difficult restaurant reservation or book a big tour.

Most of our higher end guests gives some of the staff bonuses at like Christmas time. I don't think you should feel obligated to tip all 6 staff members $40. Either just tip the staff that you regularly interact with, or maybe just give $10-15 to each for their service.

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:09 PM

4. thanks all, that helps.

Yes, I interact with all of them regularly so it looks like 10/day at Christmas will be it.

Appreciate the help.

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:12 PM

5. Depends how much they do, but generally 5 to 10 a day, but 2-5 dollars a day may be appropriate also

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:13 PM

6. Maybe 50-100$ each at the end of the trip? they would come to expect it and maybe appreciate it?

..im just thinking of the cruises we took and the price included all gratuities.....but still........ so we always left an envelope with 50$ each to the wine guy the concierge and the two room attendants. All other services....such as bartenders..were tipped at time of service.

I also remember reading about the culture around Downton Abbey. The house hold staff and the family had an agreement: 'Thank you's' and other forms of appreciation were never expressed at the time of the service. They were always expressed to the servants personally at the end of the evening. All expected and appreciated this as it saved a lot of unnecessary chatter during the day.


Im still wondering if i tip the kid who carries my groceries to the car....?

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:22 PM

7. if you're in the privileged income class that's gonna write all this off, go for broke

after all the primary purpose of business tax deductions is so the rich can spend all their money and get it back at tax time.

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 07:59 PM

8. $5 for housecleaning/$10 and up for concierge per day

I couldn't tell you where I learned that but that's always been my rule of thumb.

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2019, 08:22 PM

9. If the crime scene is exceptionally bloody, whatever you paid housekeeping to clean it up.


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