#1: Tip the housekeeping staff.
Out of all the people working in a hotel, housekeeping staff are possibly the most under-appreciated.
According to the workers I’ve talked to, most people don’t tip housekeeping at all. Online sources say the same thing.
Hotel maids do NOT make very much money. They are often over-worked and asked to take on extra shifts. They have the most physical and the most dangerous job at the hotel, with the most frequent injuries. (Thus having to take on extra shifts when another member of the staff is injured.)
I have not seen ANYONE else as exhausted at the end of their shifts as the maids. It is back-breaking work, sometimes literally.
TIP YOUR MAIDS. Tip them generously. They have to deal with so much shit. They clean your toilets and wash your pubes off the shower floor, they pick up your trash, they wash your dirty sheets, they work in overheated and under-ventilated laundry rooms, and they do it for minimum wage or barely above.
Even a $1 or $2 tip is appreciated, but dammit, if you tip the bellman $2 just for bringing up some luggage, you can tip the maid a little more taking care of pretty much everything else.
I’ve generally tipped housekeeping when I’ve stayed at hotels, but after seeing just how punishing their work really is, I will tip a lot, lot more.
This is pretty much the first thing I learned after starting work here. Tip your maids. Please.