Posted October 13th, 2012, 02:06 AM
Last edited by twinkletoes4445; October 13th, 2012 at 02:23 AM
We have stayed in suites several times over the years. I love the extra space, extra French balcony, sitting area, coffee maker and refrigerator, and we really love the free laundry and shoe shine service. But I find the whole idea of a "butler" ridiculous. I would really rather have a really good cabin steward. Do we really need a butler to unpack for us? Do we need somebody to sign us up for excursions? I apologize to Twinkletoes, but I would feel uncomfortable if I came back from an excursion, and someone came out to carry my bags and no one else's!(maybe it's my issue!). What I'm trying to say is that we very rarely needed or used the butler. So is this person going to be disappointed if he/she doesn't get the "expected" extra tip?
I didn't feel uncomfortable at all. Why do you assume they didn't help anyone else? While on the trip I tore my meniscus a bit, and quite honestly, I was happy to have the help! While we wouldn't (and didn't) want the butler to pack and unpack for us, if someone chose to have them do this, that's their choice. To me, they were like a concierge at a hotel. Some use them, some don't. You may find the butler service ridiculous, but it's something they offer and we used the butler when and where we wanted.
Just because you rarely needed or used the butler doesn't mean because we did we should feel uncomfortable. I apologize to you, but it comes off to me sounding like you're angry because we chose to use the butler, and then tipped extra. Do you think we're then putting you on the spot to do the same? We're not. If you choose to not tip the butler extra, that has nothing to do with me (and those that do).
We also love all the other things you mentioned (about the cabin).
To be honest with you; it is your issue. This tone is quite common when the subject of "extra" tipping is discussed. Instead of worrying about how uncomfortable you would have felt if you were me, why not concentrate on yourself and why you're worried that butler would be unhappy with you for not giving him an "extra" tip. That doesn't concern me in the least.