Galveston Island is a major tourist destination. While many travelers are accustomed to tipping when dining out it is also customary to tip for service at hotels including housekeeping, valet attendants, bartenders, tour guides and other service providers.
• $1-2/bag for bellhops, doormen, and parking valets if they handle bags
• $2-5 per night for housekeeper
• $5-10 for concierge (only if they arrange tickets or reservations)
• Doormen are not tipped, unless they call a cab or provide another service.
• Parking valets are paid $3-5, depending upon much effort is required to retrieve a vehicle.
• For waiters at sit-down restaurants, the tip should be calculated as a percentage of your total bill (including food, beverage and wine) as follows:
o 10% usually means you aren't totally happy
o 15% usually means all was acceptable
o 20% for excellent, over 20% for outstanding.
o 15-20 percent is considered standard in most communities.
• Individual drinks you are served at a restaurant bar should always earn a $1-2 tip each.
• For bartenders, taxi drivers, and tour guides, the tip should be calculated as a percentage of your total bill:
o 10%, not totally happy
o 15%, acceptable
o 20%, excellent, 20% plus for outstanding.
o 15-20 percent is considered standard
(These recommendations are based on ones provided by the Emily Post Institute).