Hotel California chords & lyrics

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

Intro: 4/4 
   ||:  Bm  |  F#  |  A  |  E  |  G  |  D  |  Em  |  F#  :|| x2

 Bm                            F#
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#
   My head grew hea-vy and my sight grew dim___ I had to stop for the night

 Bm                                 F#
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#
   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#                                               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#
        Any time of year (Any time of year)___ You can find it here

 Bm                                  F#
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#
   Some dance to re-mem-ber___ Some dance to for-get

 Bm                              F#
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#
   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#                                             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#
        What a nice sur-prise (what a nice sur-prise)___ Bring your al-i-bis

 Bm                         F#
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#
   They stab it with their steel-y knives___ But they just can't kill the beast

 Bm                                F#
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#    
   You can check-out a-ny time you like___ But you can ne-ver leave!"

   ||:  Bm  |  F#  |  A  |  E  |  G  |  D  |  Em  |  F#  :|| x4
                                                          ...repeat & fade or end on Bm

🗝️ B Minor

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:


  • Level Of Ease: Easy - 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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