I've recently booked a trip to Mexico through Groupon. The trip is booked as all-inclusive. There is a section in the deal description that says that all "hotel taxes and gratuities included." What can I reasonably assume is covered by hotel gratuities? Specifically, I'm concerned about these things:
- We are working with the hotel to arrange a shuttle to pick us up from the airport and take us back to the hotel. Do I need to tip the driver?
- As the trip is all-inclusive, we plan to do quite a bit of dining and drinking. Do we need to tip our servers/bartenders?
- If we order room service, should we tip our delivery person?
- What about standard hotel services, such as housekeeping, doormen, bellhops, etc?
I personally would feel more comfortable erring on the safe side and tipping liberally, but the people I am travelling with feel that tipping is unnecessary as it is already "covered in the trip expenses". I'd appreciate any insight that could help us determine when and where it is inappropriate to abstain from tipping.