Famous band, The Eagles filed a lawsuit against the small hotel in Mexico due to the use of the name “Hotel California” without a license because that name bears their Grammy award-winning song from 1976. In a complaint filed late Monday, the Eagles said owners of the 11-room Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur “actively encourage” guests to believe the hotel is associated with the band, in order to sell t-shirts and other merchandise, and make guests feel welcome.
“More reports on the Internet shows that Americans who visit the hotel Todos Santos and buy their souvenirs believe that this hotel is connected with The Eagles band, which is not the case,” reads the complaint.
This allegedly included piping “Hotel California” and other Eagles songs through the hotel sound system, and selling t-shirts in that refer to the hotel as “legendary,” resulting in apparent confusion among many guests who posted online reviews.
Otherwise, Todos Santos hotel was named Hotel California when it opened in 1950, but went through a series of name changes before a Canadian couple, John and Debbie Stewart, bought it in 2001, and according to The Eagles began using the original name in marketing.