You can't call yourself Hotel California and not expect to hear from the Eagles.
The group has predictably filed a U.S. District Court lawsuit against the Todos Santos Hotel in Baja California Sur, Mexico, which bills itself as the "legendary" Hotel California. It was, in fact, known as the Hotel California when it opened during the 1950s but was subsequently sold and the name changed several times between then and 2001, when the owners restored the name. It also plays Eagles music in the lobby and sells T-shirts spouting its "legendary status."
The Eagles' suit claims that, "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 to 'Hotel California,' which is false," citing online reviews that back up its assertion.
The Eagles camp is asking for a cease-and-desist order as well as unspecified damages. The cover of the "Hotel California" album, for the record, shows the Beverly Hills Hotel, though the group has always claimed the song itself is not about an actual hotel.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.