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Tipping and currency at Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba

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Tipping and currency at Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba

Hi,

3 questions please to anyone who has been to Hotel Playa Pesquero in Cuba.

How much is a sensible tip to give to the staff?

We use a Post Office credit card when we go on holiday as they do not charge for international transactions when making purchases. Will this be okay to use in Cuba?

Do we need to obtain new bank notes from our UK band before we travel, or are used ones acceptable.

Any advice much appreciated.

Thanks,

Marcus

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1. Re: Tipping and currency at Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba

Tipping I will leave for others to answer.

The topic of tipping causes a lot of arguements.

POcc is fine to use.

No need for new notes just unmarked ,clean and no rips in or on them.

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2. Re: Tipping and currency at Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba

Marcus, on the top righthand side of the main Cuba forum there are Top Questions asked on Cuba, you will see a part on tipping there is also loads of other info on Cuba that will definately help you.

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3. Re: Tipping and currency at Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba

Thank you for the advice Diva.

Marcus

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4. Re: Tipping and currency at Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba

Happy to help.

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5. Re: Tipping and currency at Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba

Marcus:

I use a Post Office credit card when I travel to Cuba. As you say there are no foreign transactions fees. Make sure you call them before you leave to tell them that you are travelling to Cuba and the dates that you will be away.

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How ever much you tip they will always want more!! We spent over £400 and that was in the hotel only. Wouldn't have minded as I never mind tipping but the service was dire.

If you have been to the Caribbean previously as a guide try to plan for triple the amount of tips of other islands . And before the usual replies of "oh but it's a communist country" we visited the homes of some workers who had been in the hotel industry for many years....luxury villas .

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7. Re: Tipping and currency at Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba

wendykoala :

That's one heck of a lot of money to spend on tips, even for a two week holiday.

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“How ever much you tip they will always want more!! We spent over £400 and that was in the hotel only. Wouldn't have minded as I never mind tipping but the service was dire.”

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I’m confused – isn’t tipping in appreciation of good service? Why would you even tip if the service were dire? That is just rewarding poor performance, imho.

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If people tip regardless the service gets dire.

Oh . Too late it already has happened.

Only tip IF you get good service.

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How much is a sensible tip to give to the staff?

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Okay, if no one else wants to; I'll answer this. This is how I tip:

1 or 2 CUC per day for the maid

1 CUC for the bartender, every couple of drinks.

1 CUC for the waitress at the buffets if they actually do anything for me. Although lately, I've stopped having coffee at breakfast as it is always awful, so i don't tip at breakfast anymore.

1 CUC for the guy who brings my bags to the rioom, but at some places, I have to carry them myself as no on is available. Which I don't mind.

I DON'T tip gardners, desk staff, staff at the cadecas, beach staff, etc. So i guess I'm looking at 6 or 7 cuc per day max.