The Beverly Hills Hotel

Music Hotel California Eagles (morceau - 1977)
More than a song, Hotel California is a rock and roll snapshot. The album of the same name takes the form of a fresco within which images of an America where everything seems possible but also quick to generate deceptive hopes are telescoped. A masterpiece notably articulated around the image of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles
"Beverly Hills Hotel" by On Location in Los Angeles is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“To me, Hotel California doesn’t have any special significance. To the millions of people who bought it, however, it does.”

Glenn Frey, singer, guitarist and keyboardist of the band Eagles

Evolving in the enchanted setting of Laurel Canyon in the early 1970s, the Eagles were able to distinguish themselves early on from other bands in the area. Glenn Frey and Don Henley, two of the founding members, played for Linda Ronstadt. In 1976, still basking in the glow of the success of their first best-of, which has sold 42 million copies worldwide to this day, they released Hotel California.

It’s hard to imagine that the band can go higher, but that’s what they do with this harmonious assembly of inspired compositions. The lead single, the biggest hit, is inspired by the band’s early days in Los Angeles. At that time, for Glenn Frey and Don Henley, the two main writers of the song, the Beverly Hills Hotel was the center of entertainment in Los Angeles. Where everyone meets, parties and sometimes gets lost in the pernicious volutes of excesses more and more marked. A hotel that the band places in the center of the album cover, plunged in a slightly disturbing light, in phase with the lyrics of the song Hotel California. A song subject to interpretation. Some argue that she is talking about a rehab center and others say it is a metaphor for the music industry. One thing is certain, however, with Hotel California, the Eagles have definitely entered the legend.


The Eagles have sold thirty-two million copies of Hotel California worldwide.

The Beverly Hills Hotel

A star in its own right on Sunset Boulevard, the Beverly Hills Hotel has long been a celebrity favorite.

Opened on May 12, 1912, this beautiful hotel is the result of a bold blend of Hispanic neo-colonial architecture and Mediterranean Renaissance style. With an area of 5,000 m2, it has 204 rooms, including several suites and 21 bungalows. Over the years, many personalities have stayed there. These include the Beatles, Robert De Niro, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Judy Garland and the Rolling Stones. The place is known to meet the craziest requests of its customers. Like when an influential businessman demanded that his bungalow be remodeled to include a Jacuzzi and a pool.

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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