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Hotel near Cal Poly University

Cal Poly Accommodations

When choosing the Holiday Inn & Suites Santa Maria as your hotel for your Cal Poly homecoming event or reunion, you can expect great amenities that won’t break the bank. Take advantage of our thoughtful amenities such as kitchenettes, in-suite microwaves, and rollaway bed options for your University visit. Stretch out your stay in Santa Maria and check out the other activities Central Coastal California has to offer, such as wineries, golf courses, shopping and more.

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Getting There

Directions to California Polytechnic State University

In town for a reunion, homecoming game or theatrical performance and looking for local accommodations? Stay with Holiday Inn & Suites in Santa Maria California for a budget friendly stay and enjoy a scenic 30-minute drive to San Luis Obispo. Parking on campus is easy and available for a small fee.

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California College

About California Polytechnic University

California Polytechnic State University, a nationally ranked four year college is located in beautiful San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly has six academic colleges and is one of just two polytechnic colleges in California, it has 64 bachelor’s and 32 master’s degree programs. Come to Cal Poly for a campus tour or homecoming weekend, or graduation and experience all the activities the university has to offer.

Quick Facts

  • Cal Poly is the second-largest land-holding university in the state of California (behind UC Berkeley).
  • Commencement schedules and ceremonies information can be found here.
  • Cal Poly has awarded over 130,000 bachelor’s degrees to students since 1942.
  • The university’s mascot is the Mustang and their colors are green and gold.

Events at Cal Poly

A football game at Alex Spanos Stadium.

Alex G. Spanos Stadium

Go Mustangs! Whether you’re in town rooting for the home team or for the visiting team let us be your home base after the excitement of the game.

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This world-class music venue hosts captivating performances for all ages. Enjoy a magical evening at the theater and retire to your family-friendly suite.

Six recent graduates in their black cap and gowns smiling at the camera.


Plan a convenient stay so you can celebrate with your graduate! Our rooms go quickly during graduation, book early before our rates are sold out.

Rows of auditorium seating.

Campus Tour & Move-In Weekend

Heading to Cal Poly for a campus tour or maybe moving your kid into their dorm or housing? Our on-site restaurant serves breakfast and dinner to fuel you up for your busy day.

COVID-19 Update

Holiday Inn Santa Maria & Suites is officially open for tourism travel.

Please read the overview of our precautions and preventive cleaning measures to see how we are taking care of our guests during the COVID-19 pandemic.