Once, in a rush to leave my hotel room for the day (and in a hotel that didn't provide stationary or envelopes in the desk, a trend I've noticed lately), I left a tip for the maid, in cash, on the bathroom counter. I left it hanging half off the counter, in what I hoped was an obvious way. Since it wasn't in an envelope or marked for the maid, she couldn't take it. She left me a note thanking me for the tip, but explaining she couldn't take it because she couldn't be sure it was for her.
I felt bad, not only because I know better, but because with shift changes, I couldn't be sure she'd be cleaning my room again the next night. Hotel maids, although they often provide "invisible" services during your stay, can and should be tipped to show your appreciation when they provide good service. Here's how to tip a hotel maid.
POLL: Do you leave a tip for hotel maids?
1) Yes, every night of my stay
2) Yes, at the end of my stay
3) No, I rarely remember to leave a tip
4) No, I don't think it's necessary
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