Todos Santos, Baja California — The dispute between The Eagles and Hotel California in Mexico has come to an end.
The group The Eagles and the owners of a hotel in Baja California, Mexico agreed to end a lawsuit the band filed in May 2016 for an alleged illegitimate use of the name Hotel California, as its most famous song.
“This issue has been resolved with an agreement of the parties,” said lawyer Tom Jirgal, who represents the gang, in a statement omitting details of the agreement.
The American group claimed in its complaint that the owners of the Hotel California in Todos Santos, Baja California made their guests believe (since the new owners in 2001) that hotel is related to the song.
Property owners of Hotel California in Baja California were accused of encouraging guests to believe the Eagles authorized using the song’s name by playing The Eagle’s music throughout the hotel. The band claimed this was done to encourage hotel sales of souvenir items.
The band denied that the song had to do with that establishment and demanded that its owners stop using the name of their song. They also claimed compensation.
However, in court papers, Hotel California denied the accusations, saying that guests were unlikely to be confused. The hotel had been called Hotel California when it opened in 1950.
On its website, the hotel echoes the “legends” that point to a connection between the place and the song of The Eagles, but explicitly states that their owners “have no affiliation or promote any association” with the band.
The song Hotel California was part of the 1976 self-titled album by Eagles, the popular and best-selling rock band led by Glenn Frey and Don Henley.