We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 51 Santa Cruz hotels

Torch Lite Inn

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Hotel website
Hotel amenities
Special Offer
Discounted Rates!
Save Saved
You added Torch Lite Inn to your Saves list
Torch Lite Inn
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
Ranked #35 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
A recent review
3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
DaveSantaRosa_Ca Santa Rosa, Ca
  • Reviews (50)
  • Photos (68)
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (10)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

50 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (10)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Rosa, Ca
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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! !

Was this review helpful? Yes
Istanbul, Turkey
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
5 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Modesto, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

While my girlfriend and I were planning a weekend in Santa Cruz, I left it up to her to book the rooms for us. We decided to stay in two different hotels in order to be able to write more reviews. Our first night was here at the Torch Lite. Booked through a different travel site, when we arrived, the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rodeo, California, United States
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I rated this motel as average only because the bed was comfortable and got a good sleep. Although that could be that I was exhausted after tripping on the stairs leading up to my room. The top stair is about 2 inches higher than the rest. I tripped on it, my knees buckled and I went down hard on just... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mount Washington, Kentucky, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

For the price we paid, the room was clean. The layout was weird of the hotel. We were placed in the back building (away from the pool). There was covered parking under our room. The room itself had the double beds as we reserved. We discovered a second bedroom near the bathroom! I think we were in room 224. The... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Torch Lite Inn, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Torch Lite Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Torch Lite Inn

Address: 500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number:
Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Torch Lite Inn 2*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Booking.com, Expedia, Priceline, Tingo, HotelsClick, BookingOdigeoWL, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Venere and Otel so you can book your Torch Lite Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Torch Lite Hotel Santa Cruz
Torch Lite Motel

68 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (26)
Bathroom (5)
Room/suite (9)
View from room (3)
Hotel & grounds (1)
Pool/beach area (1)
Dining (1)
Other (6)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (43)
Room/suite (13)
Pool/beach area (5)
Hotel & grounds (3)
View from room (5)
Dining (4)
Bathroom (1)
Other (12)


Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Enter your question for this accommodation's staff to answer. Other travelers may answer as well.
    Posting guidelines

    See which rooms travelers prefer