The Eagles are Suing a “Fake” Hotel California in Mexico

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The Eagles are suing an 11-room Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur for “actively encouraging” guests that it’s the inspiration for the song “Hotel California.”


While the hotel was named Hotel California upon its opening in 1950, it has gone through several name changes since there. According to the Eagles, it wasn’t until 2001 when a Canadian couple, John and Debbie Stewart, purchased the property that it began using its original name in marketing.

“Defendants lead U.S. consumers to believe that the Todos Santos Hotel is associated with the Eagles and, among other things, served as the inspiration for the lyrics in ‘Hotel California,’ which is false,” the complaint said.

The Eagles released their “Hotel California” in 1976 on an album of the same name that pictures Los Angeles’ Beverly Hills Hotel on the cover.

According to the suit, the hotel plays Eagles’ songs throughout the hotel, sell merchandise and refer to the hotel as “legendary,” which has resulted in confusion of guests who have left online reviews.

The band filed their suit in a Los Angeles federal court and are seeking a variety of damages as well as a halt to any infringement.

Personally, I don’t see why you’d want to stay at the Hotel California, because you can never leave!