" Hotel California " is the title track from the Eagles' album of the same name and was released as a single in February Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics). The Eagles' original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead Glenn Frey provided the outline of the story of the song. Hotel California (Eagles album) · Life in the Fast Lane · Loree Rodkin. 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. Find out more about the meaning of Hotel California by The Eagles. Dig into the lyrics, the cultural context of the song, and hear what the artist has to say.