I just read a question and answer about tipping housekeeping daily (Should I leave cash tips for housekeeping each day of a multi-day stay?). But how should I physically give them the money? Obviously if I see them I can hand them the money but if I'm out for the day?

I guess I leave cash somewhere obvious, should I leave a note as well? What if it's a non-English speaking country (I'm not sure if you'd be expected to tip there, but maybe you want to). Is there some customary place to leave the tip?

As someone brought up in a generally non-tipping country I often have to work out how to tip, but in general you can just keep an eye on what everyone else does. Not in this case.

  • I feel like this is a stupid question, and I could just go find someone and ask, but hopefully an answer here may help someone else who's in the same situation.
    – SpaceDog
    May 28, 2015 at 1:55
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    @pnuts -- that's what I've done (I don't generally go as far as the note, but I make it obvious that it's not money I've forgotten). But, the other answer says tip day-by-day, which makes it less easy to be obvious -- I guess the note is the best way. Just wondering if there's some convention.
    – SpaceDog
    May 28, 2015 at 2:05
  • Certainly in the Caribbean tipping housekeeping is very much normal. May 28, 2015 at 3:16
  • If this is a stupid question, then I must be a stupid Aussie. :)
    – Golden Cuy
    Dec 5, 2015 at 23:21

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The best way to leave a tip is in cash and prominently with a note.

It's best to tip once at the end of the stay. It makes it more convenient for you, and for them. Don't worry about not getting the right person - it all averages out, and tips are frequently pooled anyway. However the rest of this answer applies if you are leaving tips daily.

Don't worry about the language issue. Most domestics know enough English to understand "this tip is for you", and they are used to this so just leaving a note is enough, even if they can't read it. The real reason for the note is so that they can prove to management that they didn't steal the money. Again if you leave the tip at the end it's obvious they weren't stealing, as you weren't taking any money left behind.


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