Most of the comments agree that you should tip your housekeeper but you probably shouldn't leave it at the front desk. PatrickSw writes:
Please. Those goons will divide your tip up equally between the departments of me, myself, and I. Better yet, why not tip each day if you know you're going to be there over several days-- then you know the person who cleaned your room gets your tip.
PhiladelphiaGuy actually spells it out how much and how often saying:
$5. Everyday. On the desk. With a "thank you". These people have what may be one of the worst, most unappreciated, UNDERPAID positions in the entire hospitality industry. It may be my white-male-upper-class-guilt talking, but this is def a travel mantra must for me on any trip.
Even better, a real housekeeper chimed in and told us why they accidentally wake you up in your room:
To the person who said housekeepers wake people up you have to understand we don't do it on purpose. every morning we get a list of rooms that are checking out and stay overs could be from 16 rooms to 20 rooms a day. check outs take 30min or more depending on the shape of the room and stay overs take about 15min-20 min. so thats why we start so early knocking on the doors to see which rooms are vacant so we can try to clean all the rooms in 8 hrs which doesn't always happen i work about 10-12 hrs a day depending on the day.
PatriciaSparks says she heard that housekeeping might like small gifts instead:
I read somewhere that is is nice to leave small dollar store items for the housekeeper. What kinds of things would be appreciated in Mexico? Any ideas?
We've never heard that before but we do know that money talks. So if you've got between $2 to $5, leave it for the people cleaning up after your mess.
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