The Eagles are suing a hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico, that goes by the name of “Hotel California”, for trademark infringement and trying to capitalize off of the band’s iconic song.
The lawsuit states that the owners “actively encourage” guests to believe the hotel is associated with the band by playing the song in the lobby and selling merchandise that refers to the hotel as “legendary.”
“Multiple online reviews make clear that U.S. consumers who visit the Todos Santos Hotel and buy Defendants’ merchandise do, in fact, believe that the Todos Santos Hotel is associated with the Eagles, which is not the case,” the suit reads. “Through advertising targeted to US consumers, and in-person communications, Defendants lead US 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 hotel was actually named Hotel California when first opened in 1950. However, the name changed several times following the opening and was renamed Hotel California in 2001 after being purchased by new owners.
Along with seeking an injunction to stop the hotel from using the name Hotel California or associating itself with the band at all, The Eagles are also seeking all related profits, plus damages and relief.