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annetti Feb 25th, 2007 10:34 AM

Renting an apartment in BA - tipping the maid
We will be renting an apartment in BA for 5 weeks this summer. Since we will be there for an extended period, should we tip the maid each week or wait until the end of our visit? I want to make sure the maid gets the money. Also, suggestions for an appropriate amount would be welcome. We always tip hotel maids and I don't want to neglect the people who clean our apartment. I am concerned that if we wait until the end of our visit, the money might not get to the correct person. Any advice would be appreciated.

avrooster Feb 25th, 2007 11:34 AM

How often is your apartment supposed to be cleaned? Every day? Once a week?

annetti Feb 25th, 2007 01:02 PM

Once a week.

avrooster Feb 25th, 2007 05:07 PM

I would say 20 pesos per week would make the maid EXTREMELY happy. Maybe even ten.

drdawggy Feb 26th, 2007 04:52 AM

Wages for maids are very low. I would say that if a maid comes in one time per week to clean the apartment and the cleaning takes two hours, a 20 peso tip would be more than her wages for the same period of time.

annetti Feb 26th, 2007 05:23 PM

avrooster and Drdawggy: Thanks very much for your advice. I feel better having some standard to base my tips on. Annette

mikemo Feb 27th, 2007 03:10 AM

We use the peso equivalent of $1.00 USD a day per person throughout Latin America to keep it simple.
M (SMdA, Gto.)

annetti Feb 27th, 2007 06:20 AM

Thank you, Mikemo. An easy formula.

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