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please offer thoughtful tipping guidelines

please offer thoughtful tipping guidelines

Old Jul 3rd, 2002, 07:15 PM
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please offer thoughtful tipping guidelines

i consider myself a good tipper (usually between 15-20%) and sometimes more. can you offer pratical guidelines of who to tip and how much?

tips for a restaurant waiter

tips for a taxi driver

tips for a maid at the hotel

tips for the consierge

tips for a bellman

please offer fair guidelines and any other suggestions.

Old Jul 3rd, 2002, 07:50 PM
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Fodor's has a miniguide online that details tipping guidelines in the country you select.

If the Taxi doesn't have a meter, I don't tip. (it is probably already in there)

I tip $2-$3 day for housekeeping and I leave it at the hotel front desk in an envelope for housekeeping when I check out. If they do something extra for me, I tip the actual person at the time too. For instance, I tipped housekeeping 10 Euro for helping me, at the last minute, to get my laundry and pressing together and getting it to the laundry before the service ended for the weekend at the hotel.

Use your best judgement. We were tipping 5 Euro at the beginning of our trip for everything because we never had change. 5 Euro is the smallest paper bill. The last couple of weeks of our trip, we learned to make sure we had some coins, to tip 2 or 3 Euro for doorman, etc.

It really all depends on the service they provide you and how much you appreciate it!

When in doubt, I try to tip too much, rather than not enough.

Old Jul 3rd, 2002, 11:03 PM
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Hi Tony:
I think Kay is too generous and ruins it for the rest of us Fodorite travellers. Many trips to europe has led to the following guidelines I follow:
Waiter: Service is usually included in the check. Add 5 or 10% if the service was exceptional.
Taxi: 5 to 10% of meter, more if he handles any luggage.
Maid: 1 to 1 1/2 euros per night for two people; a little more if you have three or four.
Concierge: Depends on the service provided. If he/she just answers a simple question: 0; If he/she provides hard to get tickets to an opera, etc., then 20 euros is not unreasonable.
Bellman: 1 euro per bag.
I would like to hear other Fodorites experience. Rex: Any input?
Happy travelling.
Old Jul 3rd, 2002, 11:32 PM
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When you leave an envelope at the front desk with tips for maid service, it rarely gets to the maids. Or so I've been told by someone working for a major chain.
Old Jul 3rd, 2002, 11:44 PM
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Sam's right. Leave the money in your room, otherwise greedy hotel receptionists almost always take it.
Kay, you trip three Euro for the day who opens your door? I'll open your door for you!
Old Jul 4th, 2002, 07:19 AM
Alice Twain
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Tony, what country are you asking for? Not all European countries behave the same, for instance in Italy you are never supposed to tip unless you actually receive a superb service (I men really superb) and the tip is usually no more than a symbol. For instance if you go to a restaurant and the bill is 28,50 euro, you can pay 30 euro and leave the change for a tip.
Old Jul 4th, 2002, 07:28 AM
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I disagree with quite a bit that is written above, except for the suggestion to check the Fodor's website tipping suggestions.
Rather than start an argument, I'll refer you to some other websites as well

Concierges: http://conciergeassoc.org/concierg/concierg.htm http://www.oxygen.com/pureoxygen/fea..._20010910.html


for Paris:

also, any standard guidebook has a section on suggestion for tipping
good luck

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