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Tipping hotel staff

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Tipping hotel staff

What is an appropriate amount to tip the hotel staff at the resorts? Is there anything from the US that we can bring to barter with or that they value besides money?

Ontario, Canada
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Tipping is about service. So it is totally up to you. However if you make sure to tip your waiter / bartender/ room attendant a reasonable amount daily you should find you get better service. The staff get paid very little so tips subsidize their income. We tipped a couple dollars each meal to waiter, couple dollars each day to room attendant and tipped the bartender generously on our first drinks then more at the end of the day/ evening.

Naperville, Illinois
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GB Packer jerseys do not have the same worth outside of Wisconsin for bartering. Dollars, bring dollars. The staff works hard and when you receive great service, I think it is appropriate to show your appreciation with a little cash. Many bring lots of $1.00 bills to hand out through their stay.

Cornwall, Canada
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USD are readily accepted and much appreciated - cash can help pay the bills and purchase whatever they need, just like we do at home :)

Sosua, Dominican...
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for Puerto Plata, Sosua, Dominican Republic
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4. Re: Tipping hotel staff

Tip $$$$. Your staff can purchase anything they want if they had the cash. It is not like Cuba where things are not available.


Punta Cana...
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5. Re: Tipping hotel staff

money is the thing that has the value, as others stated above.

a few bucks here and there, on the table after breakfast and lunch and dinner and at the often frequented bars do the trick to spread it out.

Happy New Year


Sag Harbor, New York
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In the words of jimminey cricket "let your conscience be your guide." We tip for service above standard and if the bank account can handle it.

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Im sure you would tip back home. $1 for drink at bar, little more at beach chair, $2, dinner, $3-$5 for good service, bellman /porter $5 , coconut shlepper $2, . Maid gets $2 daily.Every tip should be for service.

Tipping is different for all cultures, and some dont feel the need to tip in an all inclusive. Tips included is even mentioned as part of an all inclusive package.

So tip if and when you can, service does get much better, sorta like an incentive for the staff to look out for you.

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The bar tenders get pretty fat with tips... You don't have to tip every round... The grounds people work alot harder and i always tip them too...

Erieau, Canada
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I also tip the grounds people, they work hard keeping the resorts looking beautiful.

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10. Re: Tipping hotel staff

All inclusive means what it says. It includes tips. Any tipping is purely at your own discretion.