valet parking tips

Old Mar 9th, 2011, 09:54 PM
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valet parking tips

If a hotel only has valet parking as their parking option and they charge $18 a day for it, is it still expected that you tip the valet? If so, how much?
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 10:04 PM
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Only if you want your car returned in one piece! A few bucks are well worth it!
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 03:29 AM
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$2 in, $2 out. I used to give more, but I just read a very interesting book about tipping, and this was the figure suggested.

Many hotel parking valets in big cities are actually parking your car in a neaby public garage. It is worth exploring to see if it would be cheaper to park there yourself. If the $18 includes unlimited ins and outs, probably not, even with the tips.
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 05:19 AM
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You always tip the valet - they are the ones taking care of your car - not the hotel. Can't comment on other options since I don;t know where the hotel is (that would be a huge bargain here - where overnight parking is typically $35 to $40).
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 08:02 AM
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I think it depends on the city and the hotel. $1 is fine in some places and $2 may not be enough in others (imo). But yes, you do tip the valet regardless of what you're paying the hotel.
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 08:02 AM
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We tip only when the car is returned. In January, while staying at a snazzy Las Vegas hotel, I got the same smile and "thank you" whether I tipped $5, $2, or $1. I usually tip $2.

This is the advice at TripAdvisor under "United States: Tipping & Etiquette: Valet Parkers: $2 - $5 (when picking up car).

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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 09:41 AM
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My SIL used to work as a valet in LA at swanky hotels and events and stopped me from a $5 tip (I wanted them to really take good care of the car). He insisted $1 - $2 was ample. "$2 - Tops" - his words.
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 12:53 PM
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Thanks everyone for the helpful tips on tips. I could also use some advice on how much to tip hotel maids per day.
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 01:09 PM
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One dollar a day, and up:

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/hotel...ing17_ST_N.htm

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g1...Etiquette.html

http://people.howstuffworks.com/tipping3.htm

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