Tips for Tipping the Front Desk Staff of Your Hotel
While we tip room boys and other hotel staff generously during our stay in a hotel, the thought of tipping the front desk clerk doesn’t really come to our mind. We always think of the front desk as a place to approach with complaints, like ‘the room hasn’t been cleaned’, ‘the pool is closed’, or ‘my room key is not working’, and so on, upon which the clerk listens sympathetically and promises to do something about it and we return from there glancing at her/him like conquerors. But according to the author of a wonderful book named “Heads in Beds” – Jacob Tomsky – tipping the front desk staff in fact is a must, because it is the front desk clerk who decides which room to allot you and how to make your stay comfortable during your stay.
Tomsky has shared some wonderful observations and how-to’s about tipping the front desk staff, like how to present the tip to the clerk, what to say while giving it, what if s/he gets upset about it, how many time it works and how many times not, and much more. It is really useful to read these tips.
Your hotel room is an important part of your tour. It is the place where you rest after wandering across the city you are on tour to and coming back exhausted. So, it should have some good relaxation elements. Plus, if it is quiet and is giving a fantastic view from the balcony (it should have a balcony in the first place) it will add to your relaxation. If the hotel room is equipped with such amenities, your pleasure of the holiday gets doubled. Moreover, if you are getting a good room service, that will still add to your enjoyment. The front desk staff can manage all this.
Therefore Jacob Tomsky is of opinion that you should tip the front desk people while checking in the hotel. It is also problematic when the clerk is not happy with your gesture. The author also explains what to do in that situation.
All in all, the book is very useful for travelers for getting tips to make their tour joyful. Definitely a must-read!