Tipping the maid | Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews Forums

They like chocolate! Seriously, you can’t go wrong doing what you might do at home…..money. But some "extras" are appreciated. Yukon Wolf had the suggestion of calendars, and I’ve found these well received. Most maids have kids…..ask them, they’ll tell you…..and I’ve found something for little ones is usually appreciated. But money is perfectly fine and appropriate (assuming the service is good)

After watching the maids leaving the resort after work, literally laden with bags of gifts, I’m going to mostly tip the maid, and spread the gifts around the resort more to those who don’t usually receive items. Last time, I (discretely) left a few little packages for the wait staff and it elicited a lot more excitement than a tip. The front desk staff usually never receives anything, and there are many other less visible employees like the cleaners, security, and gardeners who really appreciate being remembered.

A peso in a maids hand is worth two on the pillow, the cleaning staff supervisors like to come through before the maids get to the room.
A peso in a maids hand is worth two on the pillow, the cleaning staff supervisors like to come through before the maids get to the room. You know, I’ve heard this before, but I’ve never seen it…….and I’ve been in my room when the maid arrived…..or returned to my room right on her heels…..often enough that I would think I might have noticed. Maybe it depends on the resort??
A peso in a maids hand is worth two on the pillow, the cleaning staff supervisors like to come through before the maids get to the room.

You know a cpl times we noticed that someone had been in the room..as the gifts were gone but the room not cleaned..maybe this is what was happenning!!

That’s kind of creepy, I don’t want people in my room that shouldn’t be there!

I did make the mistake of leaving some items on the other bed (I was single supplement) that I wanted to sort through later. I think that was an error as several of the items were gone, but I think the maid just thought I was saying "help yourself". The general idea for tipping is that you leave it on the pillow so she knows it’s for her; I now leave NOTHING on either bed except for the tip on the pillow. Please note I am in no way disparaging the maid – I am just illustrating a lesson I think may be of value to other travellers. The maid is a wonderful lady and kept my room spotless at all times.

That’s kind of creepy, I don’t want people in my room that shouldn’t be there! In most resorts the maid supervisor, usually a lady titled the ‘Ama de llaves’ or Housekeeper is the one responsible to management for room and building cleanliness, cleaning product usage and budget, operation of the laundry facility, and sometimes room maintenance and security to an extent, ie: if a door isn’t opening or a room safe doesn’t work she’s the one who calls the staff maintenance guy, so if she’s doing her work properly she has to do room inspections.

As the Housekeeper reports to someone in hotel management, usually an assistant manager that person will often do room and building inspections as well, so you see the problem in that on any given day there could be a any number of people checking or working in the rooms. I’m not saying that any of these take the maids tip but she doesn’t get to keep all of it either, ie: she is expected to pay some of that up the service ladder, so what gets put on a pillow is for everyone but what gets put in her hand probably is more for her own use.

A funny story, at one resort I had a couple things that needed fixing in the room and rather than bothering the maid with them I searched out the Ama de llaves and the problems got repaired the same day. It turned out also that she had a whole room full of big bleach pails, older towels and sheets that weren’t good enough for room service that I was able to make a deal on and get to some folks that could use them. For the rest of the trip though I’d get a call every second day asking how my room was, if everything was working OK, etc.

I’m not saying that any of these take the maids tip but she doesn’t get to keep all of it either, ie: she is expected to pay some of that up the service ladder, so what gets put on a pillow is for everyone but what gets put in her hand probably is more for her own use.
If they are anything like Revenue Canada, they probably expect her to receive tips of a certain amount…..and to be paid their "share", no excuses! ;D

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