Most people don’t think twice about tipping their food and drink servers 20 percent or bat an eye at plunking a few bills into a tip jar near the cash register at a restaurant, coffee shop or a bar.
Guests at Overleaf Lodge & Spa will notice that our kitchen staff puts out a tip jar, as one might expect of food preparers, and our customers generously tip them for preparing and serving breakfast daily.
There’s more to our employees than the kitchen staff, however, as many of them work in the background, such as our maintenance workers and front desk personnel, who are often easy to miss in the bigger picture of tipping.
Overleaf Lodge housekeeping
Most visible among Overleaf Lodge staff is housekeeping, those dedicated employees who keep our hotel rooms clean and well-stocked for guests. They’ll even deliver your special requests to make your stay more comfortable: new towels, more toilet paper, an extra pillow or two.
In each room at Overleaf Lodge is an envelope in which to put your cash tips for the housekeeping staff. Some guests prefer to tip at the end of their stay, while others may tip a certain amount each day of their stay to ensure that if staff members change from day to day, the staff for that day receives their tip. Whether you prefer to tip $20 at the end of your stay or $5 a day throughout your stay, these cash tips are gathered and kept secure until our bookkeeper at Overleaf Lodge divvies them up based on how many hours each housekeeper works. This way, everyone gets a fair percentage.
Guests who don’t prefer to leave cash in the room can instead tip housekeeping and other Overleaf staff by putting the tip on their credit card when checking out at the front desk. We’ll make sure the tips are dispersed accordingly. Also look for the well-marked tip box in our lobby to show your appreciation to the front desk and our maintenance staff.
For the convenience of our guests, a 20 percent gratuity is added to all spa services provided by therapists, such as facials and massages, at the time of booking your service. That way you can sit back and relax throughout the spa treatment knowing that tips have been taken care of. Any additional tipping, however, is welcome. Overleaf Spa attendants will receive small tips directly from guests on occasion, which is always appreciated.
When in doubt, tip a bit more
In certain cases or at certain times of the year, tipping a bit more than usual goes a long way in showing all the members of our staff that they matter in the grand scheme of your ocean getaway.
The holiday season is a great time to give a little extra. And if you’ve left your room a bit messier than you usually like to, or you’ve asked for a few more extras than usual, a bigger tip goes a long way for staff morale.
However much you do tip Overleaf Lodge & Spa staff, we appreciate your giving spirit as you enjoy this special oceanside retreat.