Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1977, The Eagles reached #1 on the album charts with Hotel California, a release that would go on to become their best selling regular album. Although the title track for Hotel California clearly delves into a metaphor – a metaphor for what being open to interpretation – the actual album cover pictures a real hotel in California. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – name the real hotel photographed for the cover of Hotel California.
Answer: The Beverly Hills Hotel – it was shot from a 60 foot high cherry picker to get the angle overlooking the trees. The album cover is pictured above; a shot from the front of "The Pink Palace" is shown below.