You’re in Paris. The hotel service is spectacular. You want to leave a tip for your housekeeping, but you don’t know just how much to leave.
Is there a guide? What’s appropriate? When should you leave it? Where should you leave it?
I’ve read different guides and the amount varies. Emily Post suggests $2 to $5 per day and the American Hotel & Lodging Association suggests $1 to $5 per day. Based on those, it’s up to you.
Here are some things to consider:
Be sure to leave a tip each day instead of one large amount the last day. Why? You probably have different housekeepers each day.
Leave extra if you’ve asked for special items or extra services
Put your tip on the desk or pillow, in an envelope if provided. If you just leave money on the desk, without a note or envelope, they may think you just forgot some money.
You could write a brief thank you note, especially if the housekeeper has done something special.
Check your purse or wallet in advance to make sure you have small bills with you. You won’t have to find someone at the front desk who can make change at the last minute.