Tipping can be a tricky business. The rules of etiquette are constantly changing and the landscape of entertaining (both for business and socially) continues to re-align due to the economic climate. While there is a vast list to cover, let’s simply focus on the most common questions – though I will just say that tipping your dog walker is crucial, for obvious reasons.
If you are lucky enough to find yourself in a limousine, 15-20 percent is appropriate and expected for good service.
If you have driven yourself to a private event, the valet retrieving your automobile will expect a few dollars.
If someone has assisted in directing your loud, obnoxious, over-served self into their car and driven you home after a party, consider a phone call the following day and a small token of appreciation. A gift basket or certificates for a local car wash specializing in automobile carpet-cleaning is always a nice touch.
Protocol states that a tip of 20 percent of the bill less wine and taxes is appropriate. I find that most diners generally tip 15-20 percent of the entire bill so it is an individual’s choice in many cases.
One to two dollars for restroom and coat check attendants, three dollars to the valet and five dollars for the doorman who hailed a taxi is appropriate and appreciated.
My oh my there are so many individuals to acknowledge at a hotel! First and foremost, of course, are those kind souls who are employed by those forward-thinking establishments that invite canine guests to sleep, eat and play in the lap of the luxury. I suggest going BIG here as we dogs are known as “man’s best friend” and how does one put a price on friendship?
As for the other individuals involved in making your stay memorable, below is a very brief overview:
Doorman – $3-$5 for parking and having your car brought from the garage or for hailing a taxi
Bellman – $5-$10 depending on the amount of luggage and $3-$5 every time a bellman brings something special to your room such as a toothbrush or a newspaper. If something (or someone) very special is brought to your room, as in Mr. Sheen’s case, then tip accordingly – Parker Presley is above such antics so I leave it to one’s individual discretion
Room Service – 20 percent of the total – check your bill as this amount may be already included in your charge
Maid Service – $5 or more per night, depending on how many guests in the room or if you happen to be Charlie Sheen and have destroyed yet another suite at The Plaza after being affected by too much “cold medicine”
Concierge – If the concierge has garnered tickets to a sold-out show, reservations at a new restaurant or access to an exclusive event, anywhere from $10-$50, along with a note of thanks to both the concierge and the hotel manager is appreciated
When in doubt, ask for insight from owners or managers and remember that great service should always be recognized and rewarded.