Living in a Hotel for a Few Weeks

Photo of repairs taken by author
Laguna Woods, California
May 12, 2019 9:54pm CST
Last week, a pipe broke in the wall between the kitchen and the guest bathroom in our home. At first, we saw a small stain on the hardwood floor in front of the dishwasher, so we called a plumber. When he came out, he said, "Oh, this is not the dishwasher. It is a much bigger problem." He left. The next day, the stain on the kitchen floor was bigger. We called the Homeowner's Association maintenance department for our retirement community. They sent someone out who determined the problem was probably in the wall. He left The next day, the stain was bigger. We called the insurance company, who sent out their own crew to work on it, but our Homeowner's Association sent them away, telling them that they would make the repairs and, later, the insurance company could do the restoration. They left. By this time the stain on the kitchen floor was enormous and the hardwood floors leading into the bathroom were also getting discolored. Meanwhile, no actual work had been done! The next day someone came out from a lab to test for the possibility of mold, asbestos, and lead based paint. She left, saying it would take 24 hours before anyone could begin to work. The stain kept growing. Last Thursday, my husband and I moved into the Ayres Hotel, a lovely local hotel, which is located on the main road leading into our retirement community. We can actually walk between the hotel and our home! The hotel is conveniently located so I can continue to meet my friends to walk at the beach, go to my yoga class, and handle other appointments and lunches with my friends, without much of an inconvenience. The hotel provides a full breakfast, cocktails and appetizers in the evening, fresh baked cookies before bed and even a free plug-in for my electric/hybrid car. We may have to stay here for three to six weeks, depending on how fast they work. Since we are now eating all our meals in restaurants, and someone makes my bed, cleans the bathroom, and vacuums the room every day, I may not want to move back into our home when it is repaired! LOL I'm getting more and more comfortable here every day. I've decided to make the best of things and just pretend I am on vacation. Above is a photo of what my kitchen looks like right now. In addition, the hardwood floors have been cut out of the damaged area, the refrigerator and dishwasher are sitting in the middle of the living room, and they are going to have to replace the moldy drywall, which could mean pulling out some of the kitchen cabinets. Yikes!
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@JohnRoberts (81796)
• Los Angeles, California
13 May
You are being spoiled!
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@JohnRoberts - It will be hard to get back to reality in a few weeks. Until then, I plan to enjoy myself!
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@JohnRoberts (81796)
• Los Angeles, California
14 May
@DeborahDiane Think of it as a vacation.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@JohnRoberts - Yes, I am treating it like a vacation. It is nice not to have to buy groceries, cook meals, make the bed or clean up. I could get used to living in a hotel! LOL
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@Tampa_girl7 (30461)
• United States
13 May
Won't that get costly staying in a hotel ?
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@Tampa_girl7 - Yes, it would be very expensive, but the homeowner's insurance is paying for it. We cannot stay in the house without a kitchen and with mold, mildew and asbestos in the air. That would be especially hard on my husband, who already has a number of medical issues. I'm not sure what we would have done if we had not had insurance to cover this. Scary thought!
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@Tampa_girl7 (30461)
• United States
14 May
@DeborahDiane thank goodness the insurance covers the cost.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@Tampa_girl7 - Oh, yes! This would definitely not be as much fun if we had to pay for it ourselves!
@garymarsh6 (17280)
• United Kingdom
14 May
Thank goodness you had insurance. I would make the most of someone else doing the washing up and cooking and cleaning for a while.Even so it is still an inconvenience. I am sure you do not really need this and especially your husband and I do not think it would have too much of an impact on his health not with you looking after him. He is in safe hands. I would certainly adopt your attitude that you should treat it like a holiday. I am sure once you get back home your holiday over you will have a lot of clearing up to do or at least getting your home back to how you want it. All the best and I hope it is not for too long.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@garymarsh6 - Hopefully, none of this upheaval will affect my husband's health. I know disruption is hard on him, but we are trying to keep things as normal as possible. Yes, we will have plenty of work to do when we get back home. We had to take everything out of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and we will have to put everything back again after the work is finished. Plus, we rolled up our oriental rugs and will have to put them back in place and rearrange our furniture again. It will take us a good week after we get home to get everything organized again. Until then, I plan to enjoy this hotel!
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@garymarsh6 (17280)
• United Kingdom
15 May
@DeborahDiane Yes good. You make the most of it. I feel for your husband though,.It must be quite awful especially if you do not like disruption in your normal daily life. I have to say I get irritated somewhat when things disrupt my life. I plan my day and generally everything goes to plan but others tend to put a spanner in the works.
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• Laguna Woods, California
15 May
@garymarsh6 - Yes, we all have to endure "bumps in the road" no matter how well we plan. One of my favorite quotes was from Beatle John Lennon who said, "Life is what happens while we are making other plans." I used to repeat that quote to our daughters so often that one of them gave me a decorative plate with those words hand-painted on it! LOL My husband was more flexible when he was younger but, now that he is in his 70s and has a lot of health problems, it really unnerves him when things disrupt his day ... let alone his month!
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@BelleStarr (43648)
• United States
14 May
Oh my, I am so sorry and isn't it frustrating that everyone let this issue grow to the level it did? When our house burned down, we lived at the Residence Inn for almost 2 months before they moved the trailer to our yard. I got quite spoiled, lol
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@BelleStarr - Yes, it is easy to get spoiled when we are are being taken such good care of. I agree, it was frustrating to watch the problem get worse while everyone seemed to be fighting over who could do what. Now, they seem to have a plan, but it looks like we will be in the hotel at least another two weeks, maybe longer.
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@BelleStarr (43648)
• United States
14 May
@DeborahDiane We were out of our home from June to January. But it was worth it in the end.
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• Laguna Woods, California
15 May
@BelleStarr - I'm sure I will be pleased once these repairs have been made. Something to look forward to!
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• United States
13 May
what a nightmare with those folks who knew there 'twas trouble'n did nothin' to prevent further damage. wonder what they'd been thinkin'?? someone could'a ripped out the wall'n found/stopped the leak 't the very least. does sound purty nice, not to've to do all the cookin' 'n cleanin', lol. good that'cha aint too dislocated 'n can tend to all ya need. fingers crossed yer repairs're tended to promptly 'n correctly. big hugs!
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@crazyhorseladycx - I agree! We couldn't believe that we kept calling people and none of them really did anything to fix the leak, so the amount of damage kept getting larger. It was almost as if everyone kept saying, "It ain't my problem, so I'm out-of-here!" I hope they do a good job on the repairs, too. Although I am enjoying the hotel for now, I know it will be nice to eventually get back into our house!
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• United States
15 May
@DeborahDiane the mentality 'f folks these days jest baffles the dickens outta me. sounds like a really nice hotel, but despite that, there's no place such's home. sendin' hugs!
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• Laguna Woods, California
15 May
@crazyhorseladycx - I agree! There is no place like home. It will be nice to be back there in a few weeks!
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@hereandthere (36696)
• Philippines
13 May
that happened to us, too. a pipe between the shower and the sink outside the kitchen broke and water flowed for a long time undetected until we received a huge water bill with a concerned note from the water company listing possible causes to check out. did you have to take out what's in the fridge? how is your hubby doing?
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@hereandthere - I'm sorry to hear that it happened to you, too. I think the water was flowing in our wall for a while, too, before we discovered it. We do not pay an individual water bill in our retirement community, but I am surprised the homeowner's association didn't check on us and say, "Why are you using so much water?" LOL My husband has trouble adjusting to change, but after four nights in the hotel he is starting to get used to it. He likes the big breakfasts they offer every morning. However, I don't know what impact this will have on his kidney disease and heart disease. In the long run, I think he will be better off when we get back to our home. He has some doctor's appointments coming up in ten days, so we will know more after that.
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• Philippines
15 May
@DeborahDiane when i got that monster bill they even indicated how much our average consumption was based on their records. (the monthly bill shows the last 3 months) yeah, your hoa should have noticed it. i hope it's fixed and you're back home before that appointment.
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• Laguna Woods, California
15 May
@hereandthere - Yes, I will look forward to getting back into our home. Right now, they are indicating that it will be about three more weeks in the hotel.
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@LadyDuck (220170)
• Switzerland
13 May
Oh my goodness, what a mess! At least you can rest and enjoy your forced vacation at the hotel. I hope the insurance will refund the costs.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@LadyDuck - Yes, the insurance will refund us the cost of the hotel, as well as give us some money towards the cost of eating out. The main inconvenience is that my husband and I will both be living in one room for an uncertain length of time. It is a nice room, and I go out with my friends for a while every morning, but we are used to having a lot more space.
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@LadyDuck (220170)
• Switzerland
14 May
@DeborahDiane I can understand the problem, we love to be together, but we need our space.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@LadyDuck - Yes, too much togetherness can be uncomfortable after a while. However, so far we have gotten along fine. I hope that continues. It helps that we both have things to do outside the hotel, so we do give each other a little space.
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@sharon6345 (175380)
• United States
13 May
Good grief what a day what a day. Your on vacation now. enjoy it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@sharon6345 - Good grief is absolutely right. We were very frustrated when we found the leak. Right now, we are doing OK in the hotel and enjoying our forced vacation, but it will be nice when everything is back to normal!
@sharon6345 (175380)
• United States
14 May
@DeborahDiane I am sure you will be ok. I wish i were in the hotel.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@sharon6345 - We are lucky to be in a hotel during this. Things could be much worse!
@much2say (44403)
• United States
13 May
Oh my gosh - that must've been pretty alarming to see that stain growing and growing . . . what in the world?! That does sound like a huge job to fix. Sorry you are having to get all that done to your place, but at the same time it sounds like you are enjoying the hotel in the meantime . . . so it all works out for now . Save a cookie for me .
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@much2say - Ha ha! I think I intended to save you a cookie tonight, but ended up eating two! LOL
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@much2say (44403)
• United States
14 May
@DeborahDiane Those cookies must be super good . I was reading in the comments that the insurance was covering the costs for you to be there - oh thank goodness for that!!
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@much2say - Yes, thank goodness for the insurance. This would not be nearly as much fun if we had to pay for all of it!
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• Agra, India
13 May
That appears to be good mixed with bad. I hope it gets repaired soon and till then enjoy every moment of your so called vacation
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@amitkokiladitya - Yes, it is both good and bad. It will be nice to get back home, though.
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• Agra, India
14 May
@DeborahDiane yep...there is no place like own home
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@amitkokiladitya - I agree. Even though the hotel is nice, there is no place like home!
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@andriaperry (77979)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 May
So you do not own your home?
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@andriaperry - No, we do not own this home in our retirement community. This is the first time in our lives, except when we were very young, when we have not owned the home we live in. However, we love our retirement community, and we were able to put the equity from our last home to work in other investments, so it has worked out for our retirement.
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@andriaperry (77979)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 May
@DeborahDiane That sounds like a good idea to me. I was wondering because of all the hands this had to go through before approved to be fixed.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@andriaperry - Even if we owned the condo where we live, it would have had to go through all those hands. The homeowner's association owns the buildings, and the owners just own the condos inside the building. The association makes repairs to the pipes, electrical system, etc. The private insurance has to restore the hardwood floors, repaint things, and make any other repairs to restore it back to the way it was. We will continue to be at the hotel another couple of weeks.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 May
Such a tough life. I'm glad they are repairing it. I take it the insurance will cover the cost of the hotel room and the repairs.
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• Laguna Woods, California
15 May
@just4him - Oh, yes. I will be glad when the repairs are finished. Thankfully, both the repairs and the hotel are covered by insurance. This is going to be expensive for the insurance company, I'm afraid.
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@just4him (153558)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 May
@DeborahDiane It's good it's covered.
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@Elizaby (4889)
• Pensacola, Florida
15 May
That sure took awhile for them to determine the problem. Hope they have it fixed in a timely manner
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• Laguna Woods, California
17 May
@Elizaby - It has been two weeks, and they just fixed the leak today. The whole room is torn up now, the wood floors have been torn up. The kitchen cabinets have been pulled from the wall. I think we will be here at least two more weeks. Maybe longer!
@debjani1 (5889)
14 May
I think you should launch a complaint against those who only gave you the assurance instead of performing. The hotel cost is definitely high. This is not the permanent solution.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@debjani1 - This is not a permanent solution, but I am glad we are able to stay here, since the house cannot really be inhabited. Life is full of surprises!
@RasmaSandra (26923)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 May
I sure hope it all gets fixed soon and you can have a really nice looking kitchen again. Hey, you sound like you're getting used to the good life. You won't want to go home again.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@RasmaSandra - Yes, we are enjoying the good life while it lasts. We might as well have fun!
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@snowy22315 (67078)
• United States
13 May
It is nice to bet taken care of sometimes!
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@snowy22315 - Yes, I am definitely enjoying it ... and my husband is starting to adjust to living in a hotel room!
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• China
13 May
The problem with the wall in your room seems to be a blessing in disguise !Now you are fully justifiable in staying at a hotel for a few weeks without doing the household chores .
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@changjiangzhibin89 - I agree ... it is a blessing in disguise. I am enjoying it more than my husband is, but hopefully he will start to enjoy it in the coming days, too.
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@Sreekala (30262)
• India
13 May
So things are just like 'blessings in disguise'. You are enjoying the comfort of a hotel and workers are there to take order from you. Enjoy. At the same time, I believe the problem at home (kitchen) will solve very soon.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@Sreekala - Yes, it has been a blessing in disguise! We are looking forward to getting back into our home soon, though!
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@TRBRocks420 (98567)
• Banks, Oregon
13 May
Hope the repairs will be done soon.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@TRBRocks420 - Thank you! Yes, I hope the repairs are finished quickly, too. It will be interesting to see what they have to do.
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@wolfgirl569 (15730)
• Marion, Ohio
13 May
Glad they are finally working on it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 May
@wolfgirl569 - I agree. I am glad they are working on it, although it could take a while. It will be interesting to see what happens!
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