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Hotel Expenses

Reimbursement is based on the amount actually incurred, and is subject to a maximum dollar limit of $275. If an exception is approved, the Lodging Exception Form would need to be provided. University employees are always advised to seek the best value whenever they are to book a hotel stay.

Use Preferred Hotels

Select the most cost-effective hotel offering maximum discounts to CSUSM travelers. CSUSM maintains negotiated hotel agreements and they extend this offer to family and friends. For a list of our primary hotels, see the Local Hotel list below for more information. 

Fairfield Inn San Marcos
277 W. San Marcos Blvd. San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 891-0111

Residence Inn San Marcos
1245 Los Vallecitos Blvd. San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 591-9828

Lakehouse Hotel San Marcos
1025 La Bonita Dr. San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 744-0120

TownePlace Suites Vista/Carlsbad
2201 S. Melrose Dr. Vista, CA 92081
(760) 216-6010

NOTE: A valid CSUSM ID will be required when you check in with one of our preferred hotels. Hotel booking codes only apply for business travel purposes. 

Transient Occupany Taxes Exception

University employees traveling on official business are granted an exemption for the payment of occupany taxes imposed by California. Travelers should identify themselves as University employees and claim exemption from the tax upon arrival. The traveler may be required to complete an exemption certificate(STD 236). The option to grant the exception is at the discretion of the hotel.