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The Ghosts of Hotel California, Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico
by Richard Senate


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The old hotel is impressive from the outside, standing near the square of the dusty town of Todos Santos in Baja, California. I took a breath and walked though the front door into the dim lobby. As I crossed the threshold I felt prickly fingers dance like ice down my spine as the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. I had felt this before but only in places infested with ghosts. I knew at once that the stories of spirits in the hotel were real. The lobby was graced with a lofty chandelier and a tiled floor. It reminded me of a Spanish Mission without the saints. I walked over to the beautiful Latina behind the ancient desk and tried to speak with her. I discovered her English was worse than my Spanish. We were reduced to conversing in sign language and a few commonly understood terms. Yes, she nodded when I spoke of Espitius and Muertas. I could see the spark of understanding in her eyes. When I mentioned room five (Cinco) her face changed to one of fear and she glanced up where I assumed the haunted room was located. The room was haunted by a phantom woman who may, or may not have been the daughter of a former owner, who may or may not have been murdered there. She seemed unable to tell me more. I continued my wanders finding a cook in the restaurant that is attached to the hotel who said he always felt a presence there. Others told of shadowy figures. A tour guide named “Vickie” said that the hotel was the subject of an investigation done by a team from Mexico City. They brought all sorts of gear along and picked up some strange readings. They were convinced the old place was haunted. Some believe that room 15 is almost as haunted as room 5. . The place is the Hotel California. It is rumored to be the inspiration for the 1976 song, “Hotel California.” Research indicates that there isn’t a single link to the singing group and they never set foot in the hotel. Still, the legend persists—but, the idea that it might be haunted seems to have more validity.

"Hotel California" is the title song from the Eagles' album of the same name, and was released as a single in early 1977 in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur. It is one of the best-known songs of the album-oriented rock era. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Don Felder.

The lyrics of the song describe the title establishment, a hotel where "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave." On the surface, the song is a tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish hotel that at first appeared tempting. There are many urban legends about the meaning of this metaphor (see Lyrics Interpretations below). The song is generally thought to be about the hedonism and self-destruction in the Hollywood music industry; the idea is that Hollywood is likened to a luxury hotel which is initially welcoming, but which ends up trapping its residents through their own self-destructive wiles ("we are all just prisoners here of our own device").

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night

There she stood in the doorway; I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself this could be heaven or this could be hell
Then she lit up a candle, and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor, I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place, such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (any time of year) you can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the captain; please bring me my wine
We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty-nine
And still those voices are calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night, just to hear them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place, such a lovely face
They livin' it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise) bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice
And she said we are all just prisoners here of our own device
And in the master's chambers, they gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives but they just can't kill the beast

Last thing I remember I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
Relax said the nightman We are programmed to receive
You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave

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