Hotel California chords

by The Eagles
  • Hotel California was written by Don Felder, Glenn Frey and Don Henley from the band The Eagles.
  • Recorded: 1976
  • Released: February, 1977 from the album of the same name.
  • Music: Key of B Minor in 4/4 time at 74 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: Bm, F#, F#7, A, Asus2, E, E9, G, D, Em
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
Bm F# Major F#7 A Major Asus2 E Major E7 E9 Em Em7 G Major D Major
Bm F# Major F#7 A Major Asus2 E Major E7 E9 Em Em7 G Major D Major

Hotel California

The Relative Major Key of Bm is highlighted - Transpose to any other key.
              Bm    F#7    A     E     G     D     Em    F#7
Intro: 4/4  𝄆     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      𝄇 
 Bm                           F#7
1. On a dark de-sert high-way    Cool wind in my hair
 A                          E
   Warm smell of col-i-tas    Ris-ing up through the air
 G                             D
   Up a-head in the dis-tance    I saw a shim-mer-ing light
 Em                                         F#7
   My head grew hea-vy and my sight grew dim   I had to stop for the night

 Bm                                F#7
2. There she stood in the door-way    I heard the mis-sion bell
 A                                                 E
   And I was thin-king to my-self    This could be Hea-ven or this could be Hell
 G                            D
   Then she lit up a can-dle    And she showed me the way
 Em                                       F#7
   There were voi-ces down the cor-ri-dor    I thought I heard them say

       G                            D
Chorus: Welcome to the Ho-tel Cal-i-for-nia
               F#7                                              Bm
        Such a love-ly place (Such  a  love-ly place)    Such a love-ly face
        G                                   D
        Plen-ty of room at the Ho-tel Cal-i-for-nia
            Em                                         F#7
        Any time of year (Any time of year)    You can find it here

 Bm                                 F#7
3. Her mind is ‘Tif-fa-ny twist-ed’    She got the Mer-ce-des bends    (ooh)
 A                                        E
   She got a lot of pret-ty pret-ty boys    She calls friends
 G                                     D
   How they dance in the court-yard    Sweet sum-mer sweat
 Em                         F#7
   Some dance to re-mem-ber    Some dance to for-get

 Bm                             F#7
4. So I called up the Cap-tain    “Please bring me my wine"
           A                                          E
   He said, "We have-n't had that spi-rit here   Since nine-teen six-ty nine"
 G                                           D
   And still those voi-ces are cal-ling from far a-way
 Em                                         F#7
   Wake you up in the mid-dle of the night    Just to hear them say-ay

      G                             D
Chorus: Welcome to the Ho-tel Cal-i-for-nia
               F#7                                            Bm
        Such a love-ly place (Such a love-ly place)    Such a love-ly face
                G                                 D
        They’re liv-in' it up at the Ho-tel Cal-i-for-nia
               Em                                                  F#7
        What a nice sur-prise (what a nice sur-prise)   Bring your al-i-bis

 Bm                         F#7
5. Mir-rors on the ceil-ing    The pink cham-pagne on ice
                A                                    E
   And she said  "We are all just pris-on-ers  here    Of our own device"
 G                                 D
   And in the mas-ter's cham-bers    They ga-thered for their feast
 Em                                                   F#7
   They stab it with their steel-y knives    But they just can't kill the beast

 Bm                                 F#7
6. Last thing I re-mem-ber    I was    run-ning for the door
 A                                           E
   I had to find the pas-sage back    To the place I was be-fore
 G                                      D
  "Relax" said the night man    "We are  pro-grammed to re-ceive
 Em                                     F#7    
   You can check-out a-ny time you like    But you can ne-ver leave!"

           Bm     F#7    A     E     G     D     Em    F#7
Outro:  𝄆      |      |     |     |     |     |      |      𝄇 x4
                                                     ...repeat to fade or end on Bm


  • Level Of Ease: If you just want to strum along, the song is very easy to play.
  • Song Key: Bm minor (2 sharps - F#, C#) - relative minor of D major (share the same notes and the same key signature)
  • The Intro to this song is probably one of the most famous of all time. It has a very distinct sound, and if you play it on a 12 string guitar and use the same picking style, it sounds amazing. The guitar TAB for the first 8 bars looks like this... notice the slight chord alterations to suit the picking notes, F#7, Asus2 and E9.

    Hotel California TAB - Intro

  • If there are 2 of you playing, one guitarist can play the normal chords in Bm while the other guitarist plays in Em with the capo on the 7th fret... sounds great.
  • You can replace F#, E and Em with F#7, E7 and Em7 respectively.
  • This is a great song to have in your repertoire. It is The Eagles' signature song, and with good reason.
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