The film follows Troy (Erik Palladino) as he returns to Los Angeles from Miami to meet with his former partners: Al (Tyson Beckford) and Pete (Simon Rex), whom Troy betrayed years before. Naturally they are dismayed to see him and call their boss, infamous crime syndicate leader Dmitri (Raymond J. Barry) to inform them that Troy has returned. The three of them, along with Troy’s former love Jessie (Tatyana Ali) attempt to exact their revenge, while Troy tries to convince them that he is not the man he was before. He also has a brand new and devious plan for his former partners to get involved in.
The film premiered on 25 July 2008 as part of the New York International Latino Film Festival presented by HBO and was part of the Boston Film Festival on 13 September 2008. Hotel California was an Official Selection on 16 September 2008 of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the Kansas International Film Festival on 21 September 2008. The official theatrical release was on 23 March 2010 in the United States.