Re: Guest Rooms - Holiday Demand Conflicts - Ideas for Fairness?
From: Mabel Liang (
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:59:01 -0700 (PDT)


At Cornerstone (Cambridge, MA), our policy is: 

4. Thanksgiving and Christmas-New Years holiday reservations: During the
week after Labor Day, the guest room coordinator will solicit requests
for reservations for the Thanksgiving and Christmas-New Years holidays.
Every effort will be made to accommodate requests. Households that have
not used their 11 days will be given priority. If there are multiple
requests for the same dates among households that have not used their 11
days, the coordinator will conduct a lottery. A household that has used
the guest room for a particular holiday will be ineligible for the next
year unless there are no other reservation requests. 


This mitigates the first-come first-served problem. 

I don't know if the lottery has ever been used. Also, there are often
people who are away during the holidays who are willing to have folks
stay at their place. 

-- Mabel :-)

mabel [at]
Mabel Liang
Software Engineer turned Gardener

On 2015-08-14 11:50, David Heimann wrote: 

> Hello Teresa,
> We have developed a guest room reservations policy, including a recent 
> revision that we did just now. If you'd like the details, please let me know.
> In a nutshell, in each quarter (three-month) period of the year everyone 
> starts out as low-use and can reserve well in advance. When a given household 
> makes a certain number of reservations in the quarter, they become high-use 
> for the remainder of the quarter and can only reserve two weeks in advance. 
> The reservations themselves are first-come-first-served.
> Regards,
> David Heimann
> Jamaica Plain Cohousing
> Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:18:23 -0700
> From: Teresa Milly <tmilly [at]>
> To: cohousing-L [at]
> Subject: [C-L]_ Guest Rooms - Holiday Demand Conflicts - Ideas for
> Fairness?
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> Hello CoHo-L,
> I searched the archives and only found: first come, first served, then 
> negotiate for this issue.
> Has anyone had multiple requests for using your Guest Rooms for visiting 
> family/friends over multiple year holiday seasons and found a way to mitigate 
> conflict fairly on high demand weeks/weekends?
> We only started our CoHo community in December and the requests are coming in 
> and overlaps and conflicts are already tentatively there.
> Any suggestions on length of time ahead to firm up reservations as well since 
> that is important to getting the cheapest flights.
> Any ideas and experiences greatly appreciated!
> Thanks!
> Teresa at Mountain View CoHousing Community (MVCC), CA
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