Do you tip for room service?

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  1. b1513
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    When bill for room service has an added gratuity, do you still tip? I always end up tipping but wonder if it is really necessary. What do you all think?
     
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    Yes but usually only a couple / few dollars.
     
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    I too tip 2-3 dollars (which is an even bigger deal in Asia). I do it every day as you never know if you get the same maid each day.
     
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    I think the OP was speaking about "in-room dining", not maid service.
     
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    Whoops! Sorry.

    In any event, I tip the waiter as well.
     
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    I do not tip the waiter as the gratuity is already built into most room service bills. Of course I do check this every time and tip accordingly. If its extra late and they are rushing an order for me or deliver my order in a hurry I will give the waiter an extra couple bucks to show appreciation.
     
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    The few times I order room service, I look to see what the added gratuity is and base my decision on that and how good the service is.
     
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    Even if on bill, I do tip a few of the local ccy...
     
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    I find it very hard to decide when and how much to tip. I feel bad not tipping even when the service was very bad.
     
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    This is exactly how I handle it. I also ask the server how much of it they actually get because sometimes it's a pool split with all servers. I typically add a couple of dollars.
     
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    Why feel bad? If they are doing a sub-standard job, that needs to be communicated somehow.

    +1
     
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    As some others have mentioned, I usually throw in a few extra dollars but nothing substantial if the gratuity has already been added. As it is in 99% of the times I've ordered Room Service.
     
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    I give a couple bucks, knowing it's going to be split in a tip pool. Somebody else has to come back up to gather the tray after all.
     
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    Most union contracts stipulate that the gratuity/ service fee charged goes directly to the staff. I've known room service attendants who've averaged $25-30/ hr for barely doing more than walking around, knocking on doors, and plopping a tray down onto a table. (It should be noted that my long experience in the kitchen makes me unreasonably surly towards front-of-the-house staff, in general.)
     
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    If they add 20-22% for gratuity, there's no way in hell I'm tipping on top of that.

    For those of you who tip on top of that, do you have a habit of tipping 25% at restaurants?

    I do tip 2-3 bucks a night for the maids and it always pays off.
     
  16. Let me preface this by saying that I'm not looking to rant or initiate conflict, but out of curiosity does anybody ever stop and ask, 'why tip for a service that's a responsibility?'

    Now, I'm not talking about the concierge getting you freshly baked oatmeal cookies and organic goat milk at two in the morning I'm talking about getting a hair cut, asking for an extra pillow, ordering a bagel etc.
     
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    It's probably now built into a lot of these people's salary structures.
     
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    I do not tip if the room service bill has gratuity added. If it doesn't... which I can't recall seeing, I will add an appropriate tip.
     
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    I come from a country where tipping for service is not part of the culture, so when I first started travelling it was not something I thought of to do. It sure didn't take long to get into the swing of it in the USA tho, I don't mind a few bucks here and there for airport/hotel shuttle drivers, etc, I look at it as a good investment for repeat good service. Sometimes I feel a little ugh at adding 20% at restaurants especially if the service is nothing special, but I do it anyways [​IMG] Reminds me, in January room service guy at The Willard looked a lil teed off when he wasn't tipped a second time when he came back to correct our order
     
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    almost always... usually just a couple bucks.
     
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    same here.
     
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    I've seen gratuity/service charges ranging from 18-25%. Generally speaking, that's a decent tip for average service. Of course, if the server has gone beyond average I will add something, but this is rare.
     
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    I tend not to add additional tip if they already added a certain % of gratuity to the check already.
     
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    With delivery fee and service charges already added, the service has to be pretty stellar for me to tip on top of that. If you read an 18% service charge and a $3.00 delivery fee thats already $12.00 on top of a $50.00 meal bill, which in my eyes is plenty.
     
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    Hahaha. The delivery fee at the Hilton Seychelles is 161 rupees per tray. Approx 10 euros. PLUS they add 10% service charge. And of course the unbundled 12% tax. Add that to the already highway robbery prices and well, I not only wouldn't have tipped, i just didn't use the service.
     

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