tipping in Morocco

The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (Dh) and is worth between 7 and 8 pence, 9 Euro cents and 12 cents US. You can only change your money inside Morocco, so it’s advisable to exchange a small amount at the airport when you arrive, and then periodically withdraw small quantities (enough for two or three days) in banks or ATM machines throughout your stay. Your hotel may also exchange small amounts of currency at bank rates. All the major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and venues; Traveller’s Cheques, on the other hand, are not.

tipping etiquette for spas in Morocco

At a Spa Tip 20-25 dirhams in Morocco

Depending on the range of treatments you’re planning, you may be serviced by as many as 5 people in a wellness centre, so you should bear that in mind if you plan to tip the customary 20 to 25 dirhams per person. Also remember that you will only be wearing a robe, so you’ll need to store the money in your robe pocket as you move from one treatment to the next. Alternatively, you can leave a tip with the door lady on your way out.

should you tip your tour guide?

in Morocco Don't Tip your tour guide

Tour guides in Morocco come in two forms: relatively well-paid professionals who organise half-day tours who will not expect a tip and unofficial guides who will lead (or follow) you through the twisting medinas to your destination. The latter are often on the lookout for tourists and waste little time hovering around them as if they were providing some kind of service. If you do get lost and wish to enlist the aid of someone to help you find your destination, do not feel obliged to give them any more than ten dirhams, five if your destination is relatively close by.

tip etiquette at hotels in Morocco

At a hotel Tip 10-20 dirhams in Morocco

Tipping the bellboy is a given and 10 or 20 dirhams is reasonable if you consider that the dirham is worth (about a tenth of any of the major western currencies). Those who appreciate clean rooms and towels should reward the maids with perhaps 20 dirhams per day or 100 for the week. Similar orders of magnitude can be applied to the waiter to secure a more attentive service, and rounding up your bill for drinks is always appreciated, and might earn you a few extra millilitres in your Vodka.

tips at restaurants in Morocco

In Morocco Tip 10-15% at a restaurant

Moroccan restaurants are generally inexpensive so you shouldn’t feel too begrudged to put another 10 or 15 per cent on the bill if they haven’t done so already. Check your bill to determine whether a surcharge has been applied and then decide if and how much you want to leave. If you’re particularly pleased with the service, then leaving 20 or 30 dirhams on the table is a very respectable and relatively inexpensive sign of appreciation. Generally speaking, as with most North African service in Morocco tends to be relaxed.

should you tip your taxi driver?

In Morocco Round up your fare

Tipping for taxis is usually just a simple matter of rounding up the bill, much like you might do for a waiter in a restaurant. It is often necessary to come to an agreement with the taxi driver regarding the price before the journey commences because their meter doesn’t work. It’s a good idea to get some notion of what you should expect to pay for a trip before you speak with the diver, perhaps at the airport information desk or at your hotel. In any case, agreed prices are usually round figures and do not necessitate further tipping.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Morocco Tip 10% at a hairdresser

Moroccan oil is all the rage for hair treatment, even so, it's probably best to stick to simple shampoo, cut and blow-waves and leave colouring and perms to your trusted stylist at home. In any case, if you’re happy with the job, then perhaps an extra 10 per cent will suffice to demonstrate your gratitude.