Where is the real “Hotel California”? The Eagles sued a Mexican hotel over it.
At any time of the year, you can find it here in a small town in Baja California Sur – the “Hotel California”. You can check back anytime, but don’t expect to walk away with any signature memorabilia associated with that famous Eagles song.
That’s because a Mexican company called Hotel California Baja LLC settled a legal dispute with The Eagles on Wednesday, withdrawing an American trademark application for the name of the hotel in Todos Santos, a city in the state of Baja. California Sur, approximately 1,000 miles south of San Diego. Reuters had the details. Both parties to the legal dispute have filed documents to withdraw the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Terms of the settlement between the Eagles and the resort are not being disclosed. But in the distance, there is a twinkling light of explanation. Let’s show the way.
When did the Eagles first file a complaint?
What did the station argue in court?
The Mexican resort said the California Hotel had been operating under that name since 1950, roughly 26 years before the song was released, Rolling Stone reported. In a statement quoted by the magazine, the owners said the hotel “does not claim any association with the Eagles.”
What did the Eagles argue in court?
The group argued in court that the California Baja Hotel was trying to capitalize on the Eagles song by filing the hotel name and boosting sales of merchandise such as t-shirts, posters and magnets for refrigerator, Reuters reported.
The group also claimed that the hotel “actively encouraged” guests to believe in its association with the song by playing it in the lobby, The Guardian reported.
Will the resort no longer be called Hotel California?
The lawsuit will disappear but the name of the hotel is not, according to a statement from the company.
Was this the inspiration for “Hotel California”?
According to Rolling Stone, the Mexican resort was originally called Hotel California when it opened in 1950, but has changed its name over the years. Its new Canadian owners reportedly bought it in 2001 and restored the name to it.
The inspiration for the song’s name, however, was not an actual hotel, Eagles lead singer Don Henley once told Rolling Stone. (Sorry, Hotel del Coronado, but you’re not.)
“We were all middle-class kids from the Midwest. ‘Hotel California’ was our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles,” said Henley.
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