The right amount for tip is in accordance with the kind of accommodation you chose, its location, the quality of services provided by housekeepers in hotel and with your budget and own generosity, of course.
In the US, usually guests tip the housekeeping staff with $3 to $6 per each night spent at hotel. For smaller rooms or medium hotels, a smaller tip is just fine; $6 and more is for luxury resorts. One dollar is for each extra task or extra service the personnel performs for you.
At accommodations where you share your room with other guests (timeshares or hostels) there are no daily cleaning shifts, so you don’t need to tip daily. The cleaning service, however, is already included in the rental rate. If you ask for a special service, then you need to give few dollars tip, depending on the service. If you plan to spend some time at a timeshare from around the globe, you should ask your travel company for more details on tipping practices from that region.
Once again, if you are globetrotter and you stay at international hotels and/ or other kind of resorts, then it’s important to know a little about the local policy of tipping. Your travel agency can help you or in case you travel independently, use websites for additional information. It’s suggested to tip the hotel housekeepers according to the level of development of that country: the poorer the country, the larger the tip. For instance, maids in Mexico will truly appreciate tip from guests.
When you leave tip, always leave it in the local currency and in cash. It’s best if you can give the tip right to the housekeeper who took care of your room or in case there are several housekeepers who did this job, tip each of them. Each night, before going to bed or party, leave an envelope on the table and write on it its purpose, as maids don’t take money guests leave in their rooms. They will take it the next morning, when to come to change your bed sheets. Your tip will work like a booster: if you leave tip every day, the quality of the service will improve day by day. It’s recommended to tip every day than leaving a bigger tip when you check out.