American Sociological Association

Travel and Housing

Housing

We are excited to announce that the 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and the Parc 55.

Booking a room within the ASA room block is an important way to support the association and ultimately keep overall meeting costs as low as possible. Staying “in the block” is also more convenient and helps keep you connected with the informal activities and networking opportunities that occur at the hotels during the convention. ASA does not work with any third parties or housing bureaus for convention housing so please beware of anyone contacting you and claiming to represent ASA. 

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 
The room block will open for reservations in February. 

Room TypeSingle RateDouble RateTriple RateQuad Rate
Standard Room$299.00$299.00$319.00$339.00
  • Currently, the the tax rate on sleeping rooms is 16.45%.
  • This hotel is unionized.
  • In-room amenities: Complimentary in-room internet, coffee makers, mini-refrigerators, in-room safe, hair dryer.
  • Dining: Restaurant(s) and dining options on premises, room service available during service hours.
  • Parking: Current rates are $58 per day (plus 14% tax) for self-park and $70 per day (plus 14% tax) for valet service. 

Parc 55
55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA.
The room block will open for reservations in February. 

Room TypeSingle RateDouble RateTriple RateQuad Rate
Standard Room$279.00$279.00$299.00$319.00
  • Currently, the the tax rate on sleeping rooms is 16.45%.
  • This hotel is unionized.
  • In-room amenities: Complimentary in-room internet, coffee makers, mini-refrigerators, in-room safe, hair dryer.
  • Dining: Restaurant(s) and dining options on premises.
  • Parking: Current rate is $70 per day (plus 14% tax) for valet service, self-park is not available.

Tipping

Housekeeping is a physically demanding type of employment. According to TripAdvisor, 31% of guests don't tip hotel housekeepers at all, despite their annual income estimating around a low $21,800 a year, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By tipping correctly, you show appreciation for housekeeping work. Tip incorrectly, or not at all, and misunderstandings or poor service may arise. Here are four tips on how to tip.

  • Tip Daily. The same housekeeper may not service your room every night of your stay. If you wait until check-out time to tip for the entire stay, your tip may not go to the right person. Additionally, it is recommended to leave a tip in cash, rather than spare change. This will help alleviate the confusion on whether it is the guest's loose change or not.
  • Mark Your Tip Clearly. Leaving cash in the room may not a clear enough signal, as a hotel housekeeper must be very careful about taking anything from your room. Enclose the tip in a sealed envelope. You can check the desk drawer for hotel stationary and mark it "housekeeping." If you can't find an envelope, you can ask the front desk to provide one. If that doesn't work either, you can always wrap the bills in a blank sheet of paper and then label them appropriately. Of course, when you travel internationally, learn how to write "maid" or "housekeeping" in the local language. 
  • Leave Your Tip in an Obvious Place. You want to make it easy for housekeeping to find your tip (and mark it clearly that it is a tip for them). Some recommended places to leave the tip include: on the television, on top of the pillows on the bed, the bathroom counter, or on top of the desk.
  • Tip According to Service and Hotel Type. According to TripAdvisor's tipping and etiquette guidelines, in a luxury or high-end hotel (five star) it's recommended to tip $5 each night. For a standard hotel (two-four stars), $2 to $3 per night is suggested. Travelers should also keep in mind that if there are three or more guests in a room or suite, tipping rates should increase. If the housekeeper goes above and beyond in services, such as providing extra soaps and shampoos or folding towels in the shape of swans, feel free to leave a dollar or two more. Tipping should happen at every type of hotel.

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