Looks like the owners of the “Hotel California” in Baja Mexico have to finally check out and leave well enough alone. The Eagles have decided to check into the 11 room Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur with a lawsuit, accusing the owners of using the name “Hotel California” without permission.
In a complaint filed Monday in LA federal court, (May 1st,2017) the Eagles said the hotel “actively encourages” guests to believe it’s associated with the band, in order to sell t-shirts and other merchandise. The lawsuit also alleges that the defendant, Hotel California Baja LLC, has applied with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register the Hotel California name.. The lawsuit seeks innumerable damages and a cease and desist to any infringement.
The Todos Santos hotel, (according to it’s website history page) “was founded in, 1947, by a Chinese immigrant named Mr. Wong. After three years of construction, it opened on February 5, 1950,. Mr. Wong lived in the 16 room hotel with his wife and seven daughters. Wanting the locals to believe he was Mexican, Mr. Wong changed his name to Don Antonio Tabasco which didn’t work as well as he had planned since he soon became known as “El Chino,” meaning “The Chinese Man” rather than Don Antonio Tabasco”.
“During the 1980’s and 1990’s, the picture became much more clear again. The hotel had become neglected and in 2001, a Canadian couple purchased the hotel. After completing a masterful renovation, which would later win numerous awards for design and décor, the original 16 rooms were transformed into the eclectic 11 suite hotel it is today.”