How to Tip for Room Service

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Few things seem more luxurious than having breakfast and the morning paper delivered to your hotel room. If you're wondering whether to include a tip for the room service attendant, there are a few things to remember about tipping etiquette when you're traveling.

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    Inquire about whether gratuities are part of the deal when you make your hotel reservation. A few upscale hotels add a daily fee to your bill to cover tips for the bellhops, concierge, room service attendants and housekeepers.

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    Learn to decipher the room service bill, and ask questions if you don't understand. Most hotels include a "service charge" to deliver to your room, often along with an added gratuity charge of 20 percent. The built-in gratuity is a tip that goes to the room service attendant.

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    Don't feel obligated to tip beyond the 20 percent delivery charge. Simply mark a line through the "tip" area, sign the bill and thank your server. If you wish to give the delivery person a small additional amount, $1 to $2 is sufficient.

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    Tip a standard 15 to 20 percent if there is no gratuity charge included in your bill. It is acceptable to add the tip to a credit card slip, or to use cash if you prefer. Remember, though, that tipping is discretionary and dependent upon service efficiency and friendliness.

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    Print out a free tip table at iTipping if numbers tax your brain (see Resources below).

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