Torch Lite Inn

500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States
+1 831 426 7575

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based on 267 reviews
Torch Lite Inn - Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Tue 4/20
Wed 4/21
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Value for money


Distance to city centre

1,2 km

Location rating


Nearest airport

San Jose

Distance to airport

44,4 km

Rooms available at Torch Lite Inn

Tue 4/20
Wed 4/21

King rooms

R1 246+

Bed type
Nightly base price
R1 246 per night
R1 428 per night

Double rooms

R1 460+

Bed type
Nightly base price
R1 460 per night
R1 618 per night
R1 682 per night

Deluxe rooms

R1 195+

Bed type
Nightly base price
R1 195 per night
R1 374 per night

Queen rooms

R1 415+

Bed type
Nightly base price
Queen bed
R1 415 per night
Queen bed
R2 580 per night
Queen bed
R2 730 per night

Reviews of Torch Lite Inn



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nice room in 182 reviews
beach boardwalk in 121 reviews
great location in 92 reviews
continental breakfast in 79 reviews
swimming pool in 73 reviews
parking lot in 72 reviews
front desk in 45 reviews
nice place in 32 reviews
clean towels in 28 reviews
short walk in 28 reviews
toilet paper in 26 reviews
santa cruz in 18 reviews
could hear in 14 reviews
pubic hair in 8 reviews
year old daughter in 7 reviews
thin walls in 6 reviews
curtains falling in 4 reviews
drug addicts in 4 reviews
  • Poor
    Aug 2017

    A dump!!!

    Nothing, ok maybe the location

    We found five cockroaches in the room in about 30 minutes, including one on the headboard. There was pubic hair in the bathroom. We were on the second floor, but we could see their open, festering dumpster not 50 feet away. It looked like they had not even put fresh sheets on the bed. We were tired. We had to get up early, but we could NOT stay in this dump. The pics online made it look cute. The rating was not great, but it was good. I travel enough to know when people clean a room properly. This room had the appearance of not having been cleaned well in some time. There is no way you should even have this on your list of options, especially with a good rating! The place is a health hazard. We ended up at the Parralax which was a very nice place and worth the reviews and the money even though we only got five hours of sleep. I do not need to stay there or at The Ritz, but when you rate a place "good" it should be clean, devoid of cockroaches and pubic hair. Disgusting is mild when it comes to our reaction. I hope you will do something about it. I run my own business or I would start by calling the health officers in the city of Santa Cruz, but this your business and you should investigate for YOUR sake.

  • Okay
    Mar 2017

    Somewhat rude

    It was fairly clean, room was pretty

    There was no soap! Had to go downstairs and ask for it. The guy on the reception was not nice at all. In the morning, when I went for continental breakfast, mykey wouldn't open the room, when I finally got in, same guy showed up and demanded to tell my room number to make sure I'm staying there. Ummmm.... He only saw me six hours ago to check me in and give me soap 10 min later. Btw, neighborhood is skatchy, but I don't look like a homeless.

  • Excellent
    Oct 2016

    Love it!!

    So close to Santa Cruz. Also near food which is a plus. Quiet and relaxing and you get the HBO channel! reasonable price also. Provides a mini fridge and that's awesome.

    Towels are too small

  • Excellent
    Nov 2015

    Good for the price

    On a family trip down to Southern California we were looking for a inexpensive motel to stay one night in. We found that in this motel. It looks a little rough on the outside but we were pleasantly surprised by how clean our room was. The room looked to be recently refurbished. The staff was friendly and helpful. The complimentary breakfast was simple, but good. If you're looking for a cheap room for a night of just passing through town, then this is perfect.

    The only downside to this motel was that our neighbors were coming and going all night. Luckily my kids are sound sleepers. Our bathtub was missing a drain plug. I was hoping to give my daughter a bath. When I called the front desk the man didn't seem too worried. He said he would bring one, but never showed. Also the beds were pretty firm, but for the price it overall was good.

  • Okay
    Aug 2015

    Free breakfast

    Baby cockroach and ants inside room... YUCK!

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About Torch Lite Inn


With a stay at Torch Lite Inn in Santa Cruz (Westside Santa Cruz), you'll be a 1-minute drive from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and 10 minutes from Monterey Bay. Free self parking is available onsite.



Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly
Air conditioning

6,9 Good

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Amenities at Torch Lite Inn

No smoking
Free Wi-Fi
Wake-up service
Wi-Fi available in all areas
Express check-out
Daily housekeeping
Body soap
Family rooms
Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
Cable or satellite TV
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
Laundry facilities
Flat-screen TV
Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
Free toiletries
Toilet paper
Children's television networks
Outdoor furniture
Smoke alarms
Hardwood or parquet floors
Free parking
Physical distancing in dining areas
Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
Physical distancing rules
Vending machine (drinks)
First-aid kit
Private bathroom
Outdoor pool
Socket near the bed
24-hour front desk
Key card access
Private parking

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Most popular landmarks

  • Cocoanut Grove0.5 km
  • Main Beach0.7 km
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History1 km
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk1.1 km
  • Town Clock1.1 km
  • Santa Cruz Wharf1.3 km

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