Tips are a sign of satisfaction or gratitude for the service offered in dining establishments and a custom that has continued to be in use in this part of Spain. Tips in restaurants in Orihuela depend on the quality and restaurant service you provide.
Despite the crisis, tips in Orihuela exists as a custom but the quantities involved have certainly decreased in general.
In some countries and with some tourist services such as those offered by the cruises, tips are mandatory in any currency and cash.
In Spain and therefore in Orihuela, tips in hotels, restaurants and other food establishments or customer services in certain places such as airports, ports and bus stations where you provide some kind of service, are not mandatory.
Although usually employees usually expect some kind of tip, in hotels of higher category the services offered by the hotel such as valet normally require a tip, but when we are talking about 4, 3 or 2 star hotels where a valet service may or may not be provided, we are not obliged to tip.
With services such as luggage collection at airports, ports and bus stations the decision to tip or not is entirely up to you.
For restaurants and bars in Spain and therefore in Orihuela it is quite common to leave a tip. Tipping in food establishments is not normally calculated based on a percentage of what we have been charged (10% for example).
Instead everything is absolutely dependent on the service you have been provided: the quality of the service and your geenral satisfaction with the quality of the food.
In Orihuela, as is the case in the rest of Spain, the amount of tip left depends on the type of restaurant in which you are dining. As you can imagine, you can't compare the size of the tip you can leave in a Michelin-star or five-star restaurant with a bar with that left in a small eatery in the historic centre of Orihuela.
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