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Posted: Mar. 03, 2004, 5:28 pm Quote

Is the turn down service an automatic if your staying concierge?

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Posted: Mar. 03, 2004, 5:35 pm Quote

Yes turndown service is part of the regular service in the concierge building!  And on this subject, I would like to remind people:  Don't forget to leave a tip for your turndown mousekeeper.  Sometimes the mousekeeper who makes up your room in the a.m. is not the mousekeeper that handles turndown service in the evening, so you need to do separate tips.  We tried to leave our tips every day, as opposed to waiting till the end of the vacation, because you just never know who is working your floor every day.  You want to make sure they all know you appreciate their service.  We made up little envelopes to use so they wouldn't be missed, and placed them on the night stand each day in the morning and each afternoon before heading back out to play.  



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Posted: Mar. 03, 2004, 8:49 pm Quote

Interesting!

How much did you tip for each service? :uhoh:


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Posted: Mar. 03, 2004, 10:56 pm Quote

The advice I am going to give comes from a website that I used to determine what is appropriate for these hotel services.  The web site is called The Original Tipping Page

Chambermaids:  $5 a night minimum.  Consider $7-9 per night for longer stays (over a week).

What we did was go to the upper end of what was appropriate per day and divided that by two for the two services.  Since there were five of us in one room, I didn't consider it excessive to tip $5 per service.  Remember, it might be a different mousekeeper or it might be the same, but he/she/they are receiving, in total, the recommended nightly tip.

Other advice from that web site:
Room service waiter: 15% of bill  (I believe this is already added to your bill at Disney resorts).

Bellhop:  $10 for bringing  you to your room with luggage; $5  for opening and showing the room

Lobby attendant: none for opening door or calling taxi from stand; $1 dollar or more for help with luggage or finding a taxi on the street

Desk clerk: none unless special service is given during long stay; then, $5

Concierge $5-$10 Average. More for special services or favors (this however does not apply at Disney resorts since they are not allowed to receive gratuities; they don't operate as a traditional concierge, but are part of a service you are paying for)

Hope this helps.  This web site offers an inexpensive little wallet card that can help you figure out 10% and 15% tips on a dollar amount.  I ordered one and it is very helpful, especially since I like to go with the 15-20% range for good service.


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Posted: Mar. 04, 2004, 1:00 pm Quote

Also remember all guests can get turndown. If you are non-concierge just call and request it when you are there.

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Posted: Mar. 04, 2004, 1:27 pm Quote

Yikes! We always pride ourselves on being good tippers. I'm not so sure after reading web tink's post. We usually tip maid service $1/person/day. By the time our week is over, I know who the our maid was for most days and we tip her again at the end of the week.

Bellhop - We usually tip $1/bag but round it up to the nearest $5 which is usually $10. I never thought of tipping separate for him opening up the room.

Valet we usually tip $2 drop off and pick up each.  Except one time my hubby tipped $51 when we picked up our car the the Swan (or maybe Dolphin). He thought he had two $1 bills but grabbed it from the wrong pocket. The next morning he was searching all of his pants for the $50 he thought he had. He was so upset he wouldn't order dessert the trip to make up the difference! (So, I ordered a dessert and pretended I was too full to eat it so he would have to help! Poor guy! )

I can't wait to show this post to DH! Thanks for the heads up!


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Posted: Mar. 04, 2004, 2:08 pm Quote

Another thing to really keep in mind regarding tipping is that it is OPTIONAL.  I understand the financial ramifications for most service workers, and strongly urge people to tip, but there is no OBLIGATION to tip (except where it is added to the bill! ).  It is discretionary and what you have done in the past sounds great and was probably greatly appreciated.  Yikes on the big OOPS, though!  What an Ouch! That was probably REALLY appreciated  :unhappy: --the poor valet probably didn't even notice the amount till later, though.  Probably just stuffed it in his pocket, huh, and wondered where it came from later.

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Posted: Mar. 04, 2004, 3:03 pm Quote

When you say you put it in an envelope and leave it - do you address it Mousekeeping, housekeeping, maid, etc?

Thanks for all the help!  I honestly would have never thought to tip housekeeping.  I don't know why the've earn it! :)


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Posted: Mar. 04, 2004, 3:14 pm Quote

The first day I addressed the envelopes to "Housekeeping", but they also have "Mahalo" printed right on them, the way I made them up, and that means "thank you" which the staff should know since we were at the Polynesian.  Some people write "To Mousekeeping" on their envelopes.  You don't have to put it in an envelope at all.  It's just for fun--gave me something to do to put the magic in our trip before we even left.

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Posted: Mar. 04, 2004, 4:16 pm Quote

Web Tink,

I love your mousekeeping envelopes!  Where did you find them?


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