Hotel California is the title track from the Eagles’ album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics).

The song is considered the most famous recording by the band, and its long guitar coda has been voted the best guitar solo of all time by readers of Guitarist in 1998. Hotel California is also one of the most famous song written in the key of Bm (D)

HOTEL CALIFORNIA

The Eagles

Bm F#
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
A E
Warm smell of colitas, rising through the air
G D
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
Em F#
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim, I had to stop for the night
Bm F#
There she stood in the doorway, I heard the mission bell
A E
And I was thinking to myself: this could be heaven or this could be hell
G D
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
Em F#
There were voices down the corridor; I thought I heard them say:
G D
Welcome to the Hotel Cali fornia
  F# Bm
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place), such a lovely face
G D
Plenty of room at the Hotel Cali fornia
  Em F#
Any time of year (any time of year), you can find it here
Bm F#
Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she got the Mercedes Benz
A E
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
G D
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat
Em F#
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget
Bm F#
So I called up the captain, ”Please bring me my wine”, He said
A E
”We haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty-nine”
G D
And still those voices are calling from far away
Em F#
Wake you up in the middle of the night, just to hear them say:

(Chorus)

Bm F#
Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice, and she said
A E
”We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”
G D
And in the master’s chambers, they gathered for the feast
Em F#
They stab it with their steely knives but they just can’t kill the beast
Bm F#
Last thing I remember, I was running for the door
A E
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
G D
”Relax,” said the night man, “We are programmed to receive
Em F#
You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave”