Skip to comments.Marriott hotels placing envelopes in rooms to guilt guests into leaving gratuity
Posted on 09/15/2014 10:19:02 AM PDT by CorporateStepsister
Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.
The campaign, called 'The Envelope Please,' begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.
The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on the envelope along with a message: '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.'
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Why not just say they cannot pay the maid enought and it’s up to the guest to tip!
Generally speaking, we tip our housekeeper.
Have done so for years.
Nice gesture on the part of Mariott toward its maids, proving that some people will complain about anything.
Maria Shriver? What does she have to do with anything?
They renamed the Triboro Bridge. Now it’s the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. You know why?
Because someone in his family asked them to. That’s it.
The Kennedys are American royalty. At least for the other elites.
It's their JOB!!!! That's what the hotel is supposed to pay them for.
The envelopes are replacing the Gideon Bibles
I’ve NEVER stayed at a hotel that was cleaner than my own home. I suggest that people use the card to write everything they found wrong with the room, slip the card into the envelope and hand it in to the front desk upon check-out.
I saw that this morning— that’s what they do on cruise ships and I’ve always resented it.
I always leave a generous tip for the hotel room maids.
I heard about cruises where tips are included - and I’m going to look into one of those for me and DH for our 25th anniversary next year.
You don’t have to tip. And nothing bad will happen to you if you don’t.
I have been a Marriott Platinum member for years. That’s 75 nights a year in a hotel room. I spend a lot of time around these places and there are many times I wouldn’t give them a nickel more.
But there have been other times when the place is spotless, everything works, and people are particularly helpful. Those places get a couple of bucks tossed on the table.
This is nothing new. I have been on the road like this for at least twenty years. While there haven’t been “envelopes” the custom of tipping in hotels is as old as hotels themselves.
They should lower the costs for a room and raise the amount that they pay staff.
Whether you tip or not, mail the empty envelopes to Shriver.
Yes, but now they think they deserve more!
Just to be clear, you might want to tip the maids, but if you leave cash, they probably won’t want to take it in fear of being accused of stealing from guests. I think the envelopes are a good idea for those who may want to tip.
Please make sure you post that on Yelp or Expedia - or even the hotel’s website.
I read those comments religiously and have found them to be dead on - for restaurants too. I never book anywhere without reading at least two sites for comments. Expedia always asks for readers’ comments.
When I’ve ignored the comments is when I’ve had trouble.
Put a Bible in the envelope.
Hotels seem to be losing theirs lately.
Good idea; or I could leave letters explaining why I don’t tip.
No way, Jose!
Nothing says, “We appreciate our $300 dollar a night guests!”,...
...like staff being paid minimum wages
I do tip $10 per night.
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