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

Hotel California by The Eagles

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

Chord Charts 🗝 Bm

Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords on frets & strings
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes / player preference only
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings    R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string     B: Bass Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:


  • 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.
Back to 70's Music

Contact Me

Like what we do? With your help we can do more.
Donate Button