Fort Lauderdale, FL asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Florida

Q: Can I sue for booking a room in a hotel that doesn't exist for about a year?

I booked and paid for a hotel and the reservation was guaranteed and confirmed. When I got to the hotel, hotel was not operational for about a year. No substitute was offered

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David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin
  • Arbitration & Mediation Lawyer
  • New York, NY

A: I haven't consulted's terms and conditions on their website, however, a contract cannot exclude gross negligence (which is the case most likely) or fraud (which would have required them to have actually known the hotel was not operating) without a knowing waiver.

I have dealt with online contracts before and they are interpreted against the interest of the website owner. Also, would be considered a New York citizen for the purposes of commencing an action. I do not know the amount that you paid so I cannot offer further litigation advice but I would be happy to discuss the matter further. You can email me at

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