Year: 1976 - Album: The Very Best of the Eagles 
Capo 7 Intro: Em B7/D# Dsus2 A9/C# C G Am7 B7/D (2X) Em B7/D# On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair, Dsus2 A9/C# Warm smell of 'colitas' rising up through the air, C G Up ahead in the distance I saw a shimmering light. Am7 My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim, B7 I had to stop for the night. Em B7/D# There she stood in the doorway. I heard the mission bell, Dsus2 A9/C# And I was thinking to myself "This could be heaven or this could be hell." C G Then she lit up a candle, and she showed me the way. Am7 B7 There were voices down the corridor; I thought I heard them say:Em B7/D# Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the 'Mercedes bends'. uh! Dsus2 A9/C# She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys that she calls 'friends'. C G How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat! Am7 B7 Some dance to remember, some dance to forget. Em B7/D# So I called up the captain, "Please bring me my wine." He said Dsus2 A9/C# "We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty-nine," C G And still those voices are calling from far away, Am7 B7 Wake you up in the middle of the night, just to hear them say:C G "Welcome to the Hotel California B7 Em Such a lovely place, such a lovely face. C G Plenty of room at the Hotel California. Am B7 Any time of year you can find it here."Em B7/D# Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice, and she said, Dsus2 A9/C# "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device." C G And in the master's chambers, they gathered for the feast. Am7 B7 They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast. Em B7/D# Last thing I remember, I was running for the door. Dsus2 A9/C# I had to find the passage back to the place I was before. C G "Relax," said the night man, "We are programmed to receive. Am7 B7 You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave."C D "Welcome to the Hotel California, B7 Em Such a lovely place, such a lovely face. C G Livin' it up at the Hotel California. Am B7 What a nice surprise! Bring your alibis.
See also:The Beatles - Blackbird Bon Jovi - Wanted dead or Alive Guns N' Roses - Knockin' On Heaven's Door The Beatles - All My Loving Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Other versions:Alex Cohen - Hotel California Banda Labaredas - Hotel Califórnia Bob Marley - Hotel California Cidia e Dan - Hotel California The Eagles - Hotel California Gipsy Kings - Hotel california