Sep 17, 2013 1:27 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Cal Poly families fill up hotels to capacity around San Luis Obispo

This Monday and Tuesday are some of Cal Poly's busiest days. It is move-in time for thousands of freshman students. Parents and families are often the ones lending a hand at the moving- which means hotels around San Luis Obispo are packed.

Joshua Orosco, the front desk supervisor of the Hampton Inn & Suites in SLO, said the hotel is booked to capacity on Monday, and there are only a handful of rooms open on Tuesday night. He said a majority of the guests on these nights are Cal Poly parents and their freshman students.

"They actually don't spend a lot of time here at the hotel, which is kinda funny. They come check in, put their stuff here, and in the morning they're gone," said Orosco.

Karen and Guy Howes made the 5-hour long drive from Roseville to SLO on Monday afternoon, and are spending the night with their two daughters at the Hampton Inn. One of their daughters is already in college, and their second daughter is moving into her dorm at Cal Poly on Tuesday.

Karen said, "Early day, move-in tomorrow into the dorms. Probably thousands and thousands of people, and just an opportunity for her to see some of her friends as a new freshman, make new friends, and be welcomed as part of that campus."

The Howes said they were thrilled to have a hotel room in town, considering most of the hotels in SLO are booked for the night months in advance for move-in weekend.

"We had some insight from our friends in Northern California actually that Cal Poly fills up and San Luis Obispo fills up, so get your reservations in early, which we did," said Guy.

Orosco said parents book rooms months ahead for move-in and often a year in advance of Cal Poly graduation. He said the major events at the college generate great business for his hotel.

He said, "We have two people working here obviously, and normally we only have one. And extra staff really is how we would prepare, and we just make sure that they have a nice, warm greeting whenever they come in. Smile and everything."

On Monday, 550 out-of-state students moved into their dorms at Cal Poly, and on Tuesday, in-state students will join them- totally more than 4,000 freshmen.

Cal Poly said this is the largest freshman class in its history. There are about 1,000 more students this year compared to last year.



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