Maybe everybody tips hotel housekeepers, but I didn’t grow up doing that. My parents never taught this to me – maybe because we didn’t stay in hotels much. Now I stay in hotels a lot.
The great Gayraud Wilmore taught my HH to do this and HH taught me, and now I take a few $5 bills to leave for the person who cleans my hotel room with a little note.
It’s important – if you are going to leave a tip – that you do this every morning because – if you wait until the end of your stay – the person who cleaned your room on Day 1 was not necessarily the person who cleaned the room on Day 3.
I share this not because I am a sweet person, but because the world is a hot mess and everybody needs some unexpected joy.
I was in a lovely hotel in Baltimore for four nights last weekend and I did what Dr. Wilmore has taught my family to do. And you would have thought that I’d left each housekeeper keys to a new car.
Little notes were left for me in return with words of deep appreciation. One housekeeper left me bonus bottles of spring water. I was overwhelmed with how little it takes to make someone’s day.
Do most people not tip hotel housekeepers? Really, it’s important. Those people work very hard for little money. Have a happy Thursday.