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Tipping question for "all- inclusive" resort

Clearwater, Florida
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Although our "All-inclusive" package claims "gratuities are included," I understand this is BS and hotel workers still expect tips.

How much should we tip the hotel maid per day?

Usually, we tip as a % of the food/drink price, but since there are no prices with the "all-inclusive", I'm wondering how much to tip.

How much do we tip for a mixed drink at the bar?

For a beer at the bar?

For a soda from the bar?

How much do you tip for just a burger from the outdoor snack bar?

For a meal at the table service restaurant in the resort?

How much should we tip, if anything, at a buffet?

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Hi JamieNCY, you are correct we just came back and yes on our "All Inclusive" it stated Tips and Gratuities are included. However, most staff expect and look forward to and really appreciate the tips.

The hotel we stayed at the Staff at all levers were exceptional in professionalism and hospitality and the truth be told, most do not make a lot of money, most staff average between 300 to 600 Pesos a day in wages, which is not much in an expensive City like Cancun.

Here's what we did each day and it worked very well, all in George Washingtons: $2 each morning for the Maid (room was always spotless, clean and cleaned on time) Breakfast $2 each morning at the table then 1 George Washington to the "Omelette" Maker, at Lunch $ 2. For dinner $6 Dollars total.

Now as for the Pool side bar or swim up bar, did not Tip every single drink, but just twice a day. We were 2 people and the level of appreciation and thanks was palpable.

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So basically, like a cruise, bulk of your gratuities are already paid for and if you want to tip the staff a little extra, you can. I guess this is the case in all all-inclusive properties?

Minneapolis, MN
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Cruises have a separate line item on your bill for tips and gratuities…all inclusives do not. A literal majority of the wages for these workers comes from tips. The minimum wage is so low, they really do rely on tips to get by.

Cleveland, Ohio
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Just want to chime in that the women/men who clean your hotel room work very hard. It would take me half a day and a few helpers to make the room as spotless and tidy as the housekeeping does. For this, we tip at least $5 each time we have the room cleaned. For most other services, bartender, waiter $1 - $5 each (or almost each) time, $5 for the bellboy and sometimes $10 for the front desk (if they give you a perk like a free upgrade or early check-in) I also give $1-$2 to the person making my omelette (or whatever on the griddle) and $1 to the bathroom attendants.

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I think these tips will add up to more than the cost of the all-inclusive!

😂

Minneapolis, MN
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We usually spend about $200-250 a week in tips. We just budget it in.

Oakville, Canada
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Daruwala...that is why your trip is so cheap. They work 6 days a week for long hours for very little money. The 'tip' portion of your originally cost that goes to the worker is very small.

Texas
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I agree with “cheers Kim”. We don’t go to Mexico as often as I would like to, but she was pretty much spot on with the way we tip when we’re there. We almost always have great service in every aspect of the trip, so I have no problem with the tipping. They do work hard for us to enjoy our vacations. Enjoy!!!!

Va
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Just keep in mind that the workers you are tipping are likely not getting the tips you give. The tips are skimmed and cut if they get them at all.

I know that people feel good about being generous, but Mexican businesses have much different views towards what the workers get to keep.

Ontario, Canada
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We do something similar to post #1 for the week.

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