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Torch Lite Inn

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #36 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
94401 California
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I stayed here with my 2 daughters. I paid over 200 dollars for the room. It was clean and I didn't see anything bad. The pool was nice and warm. The front staff was businesslike and not rude as some have said on other reviews. I read a lot of hotel reviews and have left a fair share here on... More

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8 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

3 blocks from the boardwalk and only a few blocks from restaurants in any direction. it;s a great place to hang out for a while. Pool has a fountain in it- which is different. Parking can be tight. But we managed.

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Antioch, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a very nice time . clean rooms ' continential breakfast ,recently remodeled. . we would come back . close to boardwalk.Beds are comfotable nice bathtub . the motel was clean with flowers we ate at Gilda's on the wharf , good food reasonable prices

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is how me and my wife called the hotel after our visit. Not big issues, but small things like the keys that stopped working, the wifi connection, the coffee machine. For the rest the ok was honest,nothin special but close to the boardwalk and with a reasonable price.

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Santa Rosa, Ca
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Property improvements have made this a relativley nice place to stay. Nicer pool than most. Unfortunately owner has strong opinions and does not listen to customers. Very rude and has no regard for the customer.

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Redwood City, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

My husband and I booked a room mid-week to crash for the night. Considering we booked just a few days before our trip, we were happy to have a great rate. Overall, we were satisfied. The rooms are very clean, as are the linens. The staff were friendly. The only real negative, if there is one, is that the king... More

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Turlock, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We checked in at 3 and was pretty fast. The room was nice & clean. Its in a good location and close to the biardwalk. The pool was warm & open till 10 pm which the kids loved. Definitely staying here & I'd recommend it too! !

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Booked here via Expedia for a one night stay. On the positive side, the hotel allowed me to check in early. (However, it seemed the place was empty.) Unfortunately, it went downhill from there. The wifi worked sporadically and the location was surprisingly noisy, due to the very thin walls. It's an older, dated property, and it shows. The worst... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The rooms are cheap and old, the carpet was torn, the heater (it's also AC in the summer) is VERY loud. It was hissing even when it's not working. I must say that the room was clean. The stuff both at the front desk and at the breakfast was VERY unfriendly. It was the worst continental breakfast I ever had.... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Luckily we only stayed for one night. The room was a good size and was clean with a fridge and a microwave. The WiFi only worked intermittently. There was insufficient space in the breakfast area for everyone to sit. The breakfast was of poor quality although the range of items offered was better than average - I left mine and... More

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Address: 500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Torch Lite Inn 2*
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Torch Lite Hotel Santa Cruz
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Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
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The Torch Lite Inn is located only 1500 feet from the Santa Cruz Beachboard Walk. Our hotel currently offers Free WiFi, Breakfast, and Parking for our guest. We are located within minutes of Downtown Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz as well. Come and enjoy our hospitality at the Torch Lite Inn. ... more   less 
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