By Terry Trucco
Expect to see a lot more of them.
Yesterday Marriott announced a partnership with The Envelope Please, an initiative begun by Maria Shriver to encourage guests to tip the attendant who cleans their room. The deal puts tip envelopes in more than 160,000 guests rooms at participating Marriotts — Courtyard, Residence Inn, JW Marriott, Ritz Carlton, you get the idea — throughout the U.S. and Canada, beginning this week, which happens to be International Housekeepers Week.
The envelope’s phrasing is gentle but firm: “Our caring room attendants enjoyed making your stay warm and comfortable. Please feel free to leave a gratuity to express your appreciation for their efforts.”
In other words, the choice is yours. Still, in the grand world of hotel tipping it’s as customary to compensate the maid as the attendant who carries your bags, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association. NYCGo, New York City’s official tourist agency, concurs, suggesting $1 to $2 a day for cleaning attendants — $5 per diem if you’re staying at a five-star property. (more…)