Tips on Tips in Andalusia

tipCustoms that have to doing with feelings are always difficult to talk about. Tipping is such a subject, having travelled a bit I experienced that in the US it is (almost) mandatory to tip the waiter in a restaurant and for a substantial percentage whereas in Japan tipping is simply not expected by the majority of service workers .

We see here at El Guarda that guests struggle a bit with the concept as well: we have guests leaving nothing behind for the staff after having stayed here for a week and some donating a very generous amount after a one night stay.

So here some ideas: In general hotels tips aren’t expected, but if you’re in a high-end hotel and a porter helps you with your bag, they should be tipped about a euro per bag. Here at Cortijo el Guarda we are more than happy to carry for you for free though! A Euro a day for the room cleaner is not expected, but always welcome.

Good to know that people working in Spain’s hospitality industry are generally full-time employees who are paid a salary. However, the economic crisis has introduced a degree of precariousness into the industry, meaning tipping is always appreciated. Some more tips about tips: In restaurants service charges are rarely included in the bill. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted, but it’s good to keep a few euros change on hand if you’re paying by card, as it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to add a tip through the machine.

In lower-end restaurants tipping is not expected, but you can round up the bill to the nearest euro. In middle- to high-end restaurants you can leave a few euros, up to a maximum of 5%, if you were happy with the service. If a staff member goes out of their way to translate a menu, or ensure your preferences are taken into account, it’s worth tipping an extra euro or two. For those lucky ones of you who occasionally eat there; at Michelin-starred restaurants tipping can go as high as 10% to reflect what should be a higher level of service.

Bartenders don’t expect any kind of tip. If you’re getting table service, it’s worth rounding up the bill to the nearest euro. When using a taxi no tip is expected and rounding up to the nearest euro will suffice.

I hope that this has helped a bit and thanks in advance for showing you appreciation in a manner you find suitable.


About The El Guarda Posts

We are a Dutch couple - Miranda and Hans - that has after having searched for a small hotel to buy in several countries around the world we came across El Guarda and fell in love with it straight away. We would love to share our excitement for the place and its surroundings with our guests and invite you to stay with us for some days when travelling through gorgeous Andalucía.
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