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