A major international bestseller, "Hotel California" is the title song from the Eagles' album of the same name. It was released as a single in 1977, and is highly rated by many rock music-lists and polls. Rolling Stone magazine, for example, placed it as the 49th greatest song of all time.
The song's lyrics describe the "hotel" as a luxury resort where "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave." On the surface, the song tells the tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish luxury hotel that at first appeared inviting and tempting. The song is an allegory about hedonism and self-destruction.