You can tip the housekeeper upfront or by leaveing the tip on the bed between 2 and 5 Euros per day. If this is the case, just accept the free luggage transfer with big thanks and a smile. As I am fluent in English and often travel in Italy with my British friends, I get enraged when a tip is expected or worse extorted by putting the change in another pocket as happened to me in a touristy bar in Rome. Tipping is not expected as a general rule What to tip in Barcelona and Spain? Bartender: When tipping at a bar, simply round up to the nearest euro per drink. This is usually how the conversation starts. Its not about offending people.
Tipping Taxi drivers appreciate tips, but tipping is not considered obligatory. And especially vexing for us Americans, who feel funny leaving without a tip. This is spot on how I tip here. A good rule of thumb is to round up to the nearest euro or up to 10 percent of the final fare for exceptional service. He has also successfully defended a PhD in travel communication at Sorbonne Nouvelle, giving him some more street cred.
Hotels: If a staff member helps to bring your bags up to your room, then you can offer a few euros in return. You can tip your concierge if he provides exceptional service, between 5 and 10 Euros. Good service should result in a better tip, but they are necessary for earning a living wage. But I do believe that you need to fit with the customs of the country rather than your own comfort level. With beautiful beaches, good weather, city life, fantastic food and cultural attractions, it's easy to understand why. I agree with your guidelines, David. We do not mind giving a little extra for good service, even though it is not required.
If you are in an upmarket and renowned restaurant, then a tip of say 10% is suitable, but again only if you feel very satisfied with the service and meal. And good luck with your various books! I have heard from many Catalans and other Spanish people to watch your check. I find it extraordinary that folk could get riled up over what is, as you say i think, simply a cultural difference. In Spain, at high end hotels you should tip. I think what you wrote pretty much holds true for the Canary Islands too. Anyone who provides friendly service is certainly deserving of my pocket change.
It always seems to cause so much consternation for visitors and regulars rarely tip — if they do its to get rid of loose change. When it is, I remember it, feel grateful and may even tip 10%! Waiters do not work on tips alone but receive a hourly wage. On the other hand, Madrid taxi drivers do not charge for your luggage and, like elsewhere in Spain, do not require tipping. I just came back from a trip to Italy a month ago and based on the advice from a few people here I didn't leave any tip. Don't lose sleep over walking out of a restaurant in Europe without tipping. Bellhops should be tipped 1 or 2 Euros per bag.
If your fare is 18 euros and 70 cents, you can ask for 1 euro back in change. Having lived nearly 25 years in and about Bilbao and Santander, what I have seen with all my Spanish friends and family can be reduced to: No Tips. Generally when paying by credit card one does not include a tip. Dolly: Paul offered no advice on tipping. Feel free to add a few extra euros for any exceptional service or heavy bag handling. Since taxi drivers in Italy are entrepreneurs licenses can only be granted to individuals owners of license and cars they are not employees of a taxi company , they make quite a bit of money. It is because they are not paid a regular wage - their wage is low and depends significantly on tips.
Locals will possibly offer ten or twenty cents, rounding up to the nearest half Euro, or possibly leave one or two Euros for a long journey. Believe the Italians on this site - they don't tip in Italy. Everyone seems to think that this is normal to tip. They are the ones that told me bills are in excess 50% of the time. This charge is the tip, so if you ever see a charge for servizio, do not leave anything additional. Tour Guides: Tour guides are not poorly paid, but those who go the extra mile to answer questions and make the visits enjoyable deserve to be tipped. For example, if the bill is 22 and some change, handing a server 30 euros, and telling them 25 euros please will mean your server brings you back five euros in change and pockets the difference.
Check the bill first before deciding what to tip. They also split the tips with the busboys and hostesses. Also, people have longer lunch breaks here because they are more civilized. And the tip then is rather large, maybe 30% or more of the cost of your stay. We only make minimum wage and have to deal with so many drunken assholes or idiots that any form of kindness, especially in tip form, is always appreciated. As for taxis, I used them extensively living in Barcelona and I found out that tipping is appreciated, but definitely not expected. Tina September 23, 2016 Than you for this.