My wife and i are looking forward to our getaway in April. This is our first time to Mexico and we would like to know the standard tipping practices at this resort.
As well, is it better to use Canadian, American or Mexican currency...or a combination.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read and answer my questions,
Hi there, My husband and I usually tip in pesos. We get an exchange done at our local bank before we go....we can now order online with our bank..... getting as many small bills as possible. You can sometimes get the front desk or barman to exchange larger bills into smaller if you run out. Changing Canadian over to american just doesn't make sense to us anymore, so we do Mexican Pesos. We try to get Mexican Pesos in 20, 50, 100 and 200 bills. Today for example 20 pesos bill (the blue one) is worth 1.32 Canadian. 50 is worth $3.30 Canadian, 100 is worth $6.59 Canadian, 200 is $13.28 Canadian today and so on. We tip the 20 pesos a a drink order or more...sometimes giving a larger a tip every second drink order at pool or beach..depending on whether we have the same server or not. Very similar to home. We give may 70 or 100 to the maid every day and 50 to 100 pesos at breakfast and lunch and maybe 150 or 200 pesos at dinner. We do tip bellmen etc. as well. We tip the taxi drivers etc., the same as we would home. It is all personal preference of course. Just our example. I hope you enjoy Mexico. We have loved going for many years, as we find it beautiful and friendly. Enjoy.
Only you know what you feel is appropriate to tip, and all tips are graciously appreciated. We do tip for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as to the waiters who bring drinks to you at the pool, beach and to the bartenders. We also tip bellman, housekeepers, villa concierge, and other staff ( chef's who may have prepared a special treat) as appropriate. You will never see anyone with his/ her hand out. I hope this helps you.
You can tip in pesos , the local currency , and while you can exchange to pesos at the hotel, the exchange rate will be better at a local cambio ( exchange spot) or a bank. Your bank at home can also get you pesos.You will need your passport to exchange in Mexico. Check the current exchange rate to get an idea of how much your dollar will buy. Enjoy!
The staff at Royal Hideaway works diligently to meet your requests and to exceed your expectations.Let me preface by saying that you will receive the same level of excellent service regardless of your tipping preferences. However, we strongly believe that individuals in a service industry should be recognized for their service. Staff receives only a minuscule percentage of your all inclusive rate and they are extremely grateful for any and all gratuities extended to them.We extend gratuities to the villa concierge, waitstaff. bellman, bartenders, housekeepers, etc. Any currency is greatly appreciated, but bills must not be torn or in really bad condition and staff can not use coins that are not local Mexican currency. I hope this adddresses your concern. Enjoy!!!
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