HOME > Chowhound > Not About Food >
What have you made lately? Tell us about it

Tipping and Service Charges on Room Service

steakman55 Dec 7, 2010 02:26 PM

Anyone else irritated at the excess charges on getting a late night hamburger? At a recent stay at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC, the total tab for a couple of burgers and Cokes and a beer came to about $100. In addition to the ridiculous original charge of about 30 bucks for the burger (Yes, I know this is New York and the Waldorf, but come on) there was a "service charge" and a tip added in. Of course, the waiter hangs around for a few more bucks palmed over to him , so what the hell Still, it adds up.

  1. Beach Chick Dec 13, 2010 01:15 PM

    I stay at the Benjamin Hotel across from the Waldorf quite a bit and I always order from the kids menu and it saves me a ton of $$$..
    Wynn Las Vegas has a $25 burger at room service but on the kids menu its around $7..
    Kids menu is the way to go and they have the good stuff like mac n'cheese, sundaes and tater tots!

    1 Reply
    1. re: Beach Chick
      BubblyOne Dec 15, 2010 07:24 AM

      Of course, they still have a room service charge and mandatory 18% tip at Wynn.

    2. monku Dec 7, 2010 02:41 PM

      The $30 hamburger has been around for a while.

      1. monku Dec 7, 2010 02:38 PM

        Sounds like a common practice that's been covered before.

        1. s
          Sal Vanilla Dec 7, 2010 02:38 PM

          I ordered in. Even at a fancy hotel. I used to practically live in hotels and got tired of paying crazy money for mediocre food. I was nervous at first and then I stopped caring. I have never tried it overseas. Pizza. Chinese. Or anything your heart desires in NYC. And you get to to that guy all on your own!

          4 Replies
          1. re: Sal Vanilla
            ipsedixit Dec 7, 2010 02:42 PM

            Do you mean you order take-out to be delivered to your hotel room?

            1. re: ipsedixit
              Sal Vanilla Dec 7, 2010 03:44 PM

              Yep. Pizza to my door. Last time I did it was at the Marriott. I asked the concierge about it the next morning. She said I was not alone.

              1. re: Sal Vanilla
                BobB Dec 13, 2010 12:59 PM

                I've stayed at a number of hotels where they provided me with a folder of takeout menus from local joints that were happy to deliver - generally (though not always) small-town hotels with no kitchen of their own.

            2. re: Sal Vanilla
              Cachetes Dec 13, 2010 01:13 PM

              Me too. I just did it in Toronto, so I guess we can add at least parts of Canada to that list.

            Show Hidden Posts