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According to Irving Azoff (Eagles management),

"During the writing of the song 'Hotel California,' by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, the word 'colitas' was improperly translated for them by their Mexican-American road manager as 'little buds.'

Colitas is little tails, but here the author could also be hinting at 'colas,' the tip of a marijuana branch, where it is more potent and with more sap β€” said to be the best part of the leaves."
On a dark desert highway cool wind in my hair. Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air.
by Ethan M September 04, 2006
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The Eagles are not saying 'colitas'. They are saying "Goleta's" - a town on the Southern California coast "The warm smell of Goleta's rising in the air".

Don't believe everything you read on lyrics websites.

per wikipedia: Goleta ( /Ι‘Ι™ΛˆliːtΙ™/; Spanish: Ι‘oˈleta, "schooner") is a city in southern Santa Barbara County, California, USA. It was incorporated as a city in 2002, after a long period as the largest unincorporated, populated area in the county. As of the 2000 census, the Census-designated place (CDP) had a total population of 55,204, however, a significant portion of the census territory of 2000 did not incorporate into the new city. The population was 29,888 at the 2010 census.
It is known for being near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus, although the CDP of Isla Vista is closer.
The warm smell of Goleta's rising in the air. Not 'colitas'
by olderguy September 22, 2011
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made up word from the eagles, can mean either happiness or even contentness
I feel such colitas around me
by george September 24, 2004
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