Re: Guest room or cheap hotel?
From: Diane (
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:14:21 -0800 (PST)
Here at Cambridge Cohousing we have three types of guests: friends and
family (people who would stay in our homes if they were big enough; other
cohousers; and colleagues and people we know who come to town for meetings
and things,  We charge a cleaning fee and $25/night for the first two
categories and $50 for the third.   I like being able to exchange visits
with other cohousing communities and think the requests from other
cohousers are fine and appropriate.  As long as our guests treat us and our
place with consideration and respect, I really like being able to be
hospitable.  But sometimes guests make a mess of things and then we can
feel as though were being treated like a cheap hotel.

On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at]>wrote:

> Hey I'm curious to hear how people feel about the use of their community's
> guest space by non-community members.
> Our guest rooms are mostly used by friends and family of our members but we
> do sometimes get requests to stay by travelers who are barely or not at all
> affiliated with our community: acquaintances and friends-of-friends, folks
> from other cohousing communities, people who are cohousing-curious, people
> who came to one of our open houses or intro meetings a million years ago,
> etc.
> I would imagine other groups get the same...especially if they are located
> in a popular travel destination (big cities, beautiful places...)
> So, not so much wondering about policies on this, but your feeling as an
> your feel like these requests are appropriate?  Do you
> feel good sharing your space?  Do you feel taken advantage of?  Do you ever
> feel like outsiders think it's a cheap, friendly hotel?
> Diana, with mixed personal feelings
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Diane Margolis
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