Eagles Sue Hotel California

The Eagles are suing the Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico, for promoting itself as the “Legendary” Hotel California:

While that was the hotel’s original name when it opened in 1950, it seems pretty clear from the website’s “Welcome to Hotel California” greeting to the merchandising in its (as of this writing, offline) online store that the hotel is indeed trying to capitalize on the implication it was the inspiration for the Eagles’ hit song . . .

. . . which the band insists it was not. (Snopes reports in its entry on the song that the album’s cover photos are of the Beverly Hill Hotel.)

But is that song really an endorsement of whatever hotel it may be describing?

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
“Relax, ” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!”

Then again, The Shining revived interest in the then fading Stanley Hotel. The hotel’s stipulation for filming on location was that director Stanley Kubrick change the book’s existing room number 217 to the non-existent 237 . . .

. . . in order not to scare away prospective guests.

Room 217 is now the hotel’s most requested room.




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