Re: Guest room or cheap hotel?
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:55:05 -0800 (PST)
I was thinking about this question last night and realized that the
distinguishing characteristic isn't whether the guests are friends, members
or strangers; it's the purpose of the visit.  Are the guests staying in our
guest room to visit US (either our community or someone in the community)
or are they here for some other purpose and using our space as a "hotel"?
 It's the latter that I have mixed feelings about.

This question arose for me because I'm on our "guest room team" and
currently working on refurbishing the rooms, and while doing so I was
musing on who would be enjoying the space I'm working on.   (It's really
important to me that our rooms be warm, comfortable and welcoming, which at
the moment they aren't. )


On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>

> On Jan 27, 2014, at 11:43 PM, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at] 
> wrote:
> > My question was about how
> > people in your community feel about that.  Or perhaps you don't get
> > requests from other cohousers, etc like we do.
> We do get requests from other cohousers -- we are in DC, museum capitol of
> the world. And from people attending conferences that know of us from one
> source or another. To my knowledge it has only become an issue if the
> "outsiders" are not using the facilities well or are obnoxious or
> something. A family of 6 once tried our patience because it was six people
> living in the common house.
> The biggest problem has been when people were staying here and their host
> is absent. Everyone else has to answer questions and explain things without
> a clue who these people are. Stressing that residents are responsible for
> their guests all the time they are here has reduced the number of
> outsiders. People are not willing to take so much responsibility for people
> they don't have a relationship with.
> If so many people requested the rooms that residents were being squeezed
> out, it would also be a problem.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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