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havant
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I'm going to Sharm in Sept. How much on average do you tip the room cleaner etc.

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1. Re: tips

Hi,

From the tips thread at the top of the forum:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g297555-i9225-k211…

TIPPING:- People report differing experiences on the locals’ expectations of tips. I think the majority’s opinion would be: If you receive good service, then tip, if you don’t, then don’t tip. If you want to tip a little as you go along (to ensure good service) then do so; it’s up to you.

There have been debates on the forum about which currency to use for tipping. It’s another emotive subject so I will try to put forward what I’ve understood to be the majority’s point of view. Where possible, tip in local currency. They do accept dollar notes & £1 coins but will have to save them up & ask a tourist to exchange them for local notes, as they can’t get them changed any other way. The wages are low & £1 is quite a lot to them. This over-inflates their economy & makes a mockery of what a waiter will then have earned in comparison to a city Dr. or teacher, for e.g. It also increases the expectation of high tips.

Small denomination notes are hard to come by in Egypt so it may be that you feel obliged to tip the bell boys in another currency at the start of your hols. When you get some small notes; hang on to them! Generally, don’t tip if you don’t want to! The Brits are perceived as being softies.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294200-c94591/Egypt:…

Others may feel they want to tip little & often.

We don't tip till the end & how much depends on how good the service has been; we don't feel that we want to "bribe" for good service; it increases the expactation of tips in general & you'll find that everyone has his hand held out to you!

Regards

Regards

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2. Re: tips

we just came back and we tiped $1 dollar aday.got our one dollar bill from travel agent.they will take £1 pound coins but have to ask holiday maker to change to notes as they cant change coins.

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3. Re: tips

This idea to tip only at the end of the trip it is great because of the reasons you have stated, but I have heard that if you do not tip them when they ask, some will become very rude to you. Is that true? Did you got that?

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4. Re: tips

Hi,

No, never had that & if any member of staff were rude or less than courteous I wouldn't hesitate in telling him so!

Never even had a hint of it in any of our visits to JV Resort & Casino.

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5. Re: tips

I will be going to a lot of places during my trip to Egypt and will probably get a fair idea of how things go regarding tips. I am less bothered by it now, after talking to you. I will post my feedback when I return. Thanks!

Morecambe
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6. Re: tips

I gave our cleaner 5 english after the first week and then again after the second week, so 10 pund in all.he seemed happy with that.

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So? Would they prefer to be tipped in $'s?? or their own LE??? I've always wondered! I've only ever tipped in LE before......

Morecambe
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i just gave him english, i dont think they are that bothered as long as they get something lol.

Kiu
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9. Re: tips

Nephthys tips thread recommends you tip in Egyptian Pounds if possible as they are unable to exchange Foreign currency, however they will accept any currency because it's money at the end of the day.

When exchanging money, ask for small notes i.e. fives and tens - I did this and they gave me loads which more than covered the tips for my week's stay.

I tipped our cleaner 10 LE per day. I believe in tipping each day as it shows your appreciatian and they may do things better or a little extra as you have tipped them. Also because you may not have the same cleaner every day of your stay so whoever gets the tip at the end of the week may not be the one who cleaned your room the most which is unfair.

Morecambe
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10. Re: tips

We always have the same cleaner, they have their own room numbers that they alone have to do, which i think is a good idea as you always know who has been in your room .