Tipping is important. Without these service providers, your travel experience might be a bad one. People who provide excellent service deserve your gratuity. The single most important factor that decides my tip amount is a simple smile and a kind word. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, excellent service is comforting and can prevent distress often associated with being on the go. I am glad to provide a tip but they can add up to a tidy sum, so here are some guidelines that I use.
Bellhops have many duties and their services offer convenience. They carry your bags and assist you to your room, make deliveries, and store and retrieve luggage to name a few. A good bellhop turns on the lights and explains how to use the in-room safe or mini bar. A $5 gratuity is suitable.
A Concierge is very important. Excelling in customer service is necessary for this position. They have developed a network of resources for invaluable, fingertip information. They likely have years of experience in their city. A concierge can make recommendations to hidden treasures that you will not find on Google. A $5-$10 tip is customary for hard to get dinner reservations and theater tickets or extraordinary advice or insider information. Of course, they are available for plain advice too, and for this, tipping is optional.
The door attendant greets you when you arrive, often helps you with your luggage and introduces you to the front desk and to a bellman. The best ones are charming and ask about your visit, and can add a personal touch by relaying special details about your visit to the concierge. 50 cents-$1 is appropriate for each bag if he helps you with your bags in and out of the car; nothing is necessary if he just opens the door. If he hails you a cab then $1-$2 is appropriate. For those aforementioned special touches, give the $1 per bag tip.
A valet parking attendant can make you feel special. These folks are often the first person you come into contact when you arrive. Look for a sincere greeting and the opening of a door. $1-$3 is appropriate for parking. It is not necessary to tip for parking, but always for returning the vehicle.
Wait staff for dinner
When dining at a nice sit-down restaurant, we expect more than just good food. When I recall my best dining experiences, the memories include warm and generous service. For personal travel, I tip 15% for typical service and 20% for above average waiting. My employer allows 15%- 18% tips for company business and travel meals.