Tourists are seen in front of Hotel California in the town of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The rock band Eagles has sued the owners of the hotel for capitalising on their hit song ‘Hotel California’ to popularise their hotel. Photo: Reuters

Legendary rock band Eagles sues Mexican hotel over the name ‘Hotel California’

The iconic rock band Eagles are suing the owners of a Mexican hotel named Hotel California, claiming it’s capitalising off the band’s hit song of the same name.

The band filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit Monday against the US-based owners of Hotel California in Todos Santos, a town on the Pacific Coast near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Sur.

The late musician Glenn Frey of the Eagles performing during day 1 of Stagecoach, California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. The Eagles sued a hotel in Mexico for capitalising on the popularity of their hit song ‘Hotel California.’ Photo: AFP

The Eagles say Hotel California has wrongly led guests to believe it’s associated with the Eagles and served as the inspiration for their song “Hotel California,” which the band says isn’t true.

The hotel website says that the owners don’t promote any association with the band but that visitors are mesmerised by the “coincidences” between the hotel and the song.

The hotel didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.