Don't take that to mean that I don't tip - I play fair - but I definitely don't appreciate someone shoving it in my face like it's some sort of requirement, like it's a tax that must be paid for services rendered, like it's my responsibility to put food on the housekeeper's table. That's simply not the case.
And I really don't dig the placement of the card or the note about tipping either. It's usually placed on the pillow or in front of the coffee maker. It says a lot in itself about the confidence and goals of the hotel, trying to get more money out of me before I've even spent five minutes in the room. Really? That's the sort of establishment you want to run? While the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles did have tip envelopes for the maid, it was done in a more understated way. So if you, as a hotel, aren't willing to give up the tip envelopes, at least rethink the way you go about asking for tips.
This is America, we all know the deal. If your guests aren't tipping housekeepers, valets, doormen, etc., perhaps you should focus less on envelopes and more on what's encouraging them not to cough up those singles.
What do you think--are tip envelopes helpful or heinous? Sound off in comments below!