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 52 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
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
29%
Ranked #37 of 52 hotels in Santa Cruz
A recent review
3 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
Diamond F
  • Overview
  • Reviews (60)
  • Photos (68)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (11)
  • Location
  • More
true
Write a Review

60 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    6
    10
    23
    12
    9
See reviews for
22
18
3
1
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 (11)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

I will not be coming again. Although it is updated we had very crappy service. It started once we walk in. We asked what the breakfast was all the guy said it was conte we asked what that was . He answered but not happily. Once we got to the room the light in one lamp didn't work. The pool... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rodeo, Argentina
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I paid over $200 to have one of the worst nights sleep while on vacation. First, the walls are paper thin. We could literally make out what was on the tv next door. The kids were running up and down the stairs we were located next to, and it shook the bed and walls every time anyone was on them.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Its a remodeled hotel. Looks a little better then the pictures. Good point. No elevator, just to mention because I would have like to know that. Towels are really thin, kinda hard lol. None the less its close the the board walk. Great customer service. Clean pool. Stay was good couldnt complain for what we paid for. I would recommend... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Puebla, Mexico
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reception area uninviting and messy. Room was clean but a lot of deferred maintenance evident with loose electrical plug, deteriorating caulking, loose shower head and yard lights either out or flickering.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The manager is as others have noted, rude and threatening. I was traveling with my partner from New Zealand and had a multi currency travel card that is not in my name. When he noted that my name was not on the card he threatened to call the police as I was "obviously using someone else card". The guy is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ireland
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here one night and were happy with our stay. Good location, rooms are spacious and very good value. Breakfast the following morning was basic but satisfactory. Overall would recommend. There is a pool here also and never seemed overly crowded. Free parking is a plus!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Called and reserved a room at 11 am, paid for everything on my credit card. Got a phone message at 3:30 pm while my family and I were on the Boardwalk stating that they did not realize that they were already booked when they took my reservation and that they were not going to give us a room. The manager... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
California
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Antioch, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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

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 Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Booking.com, Priceline, Tingo, Hotels.com, BookingOdigeoWL, 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

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

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (43)
Viewed
Room/suite (13)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (5)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (3)
Viewed
View from room (5)
Viewed
Dining (4)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Other (12)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
All
hotels in Santa Cruz with
any amenities

Amenities

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
38

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Torch Lite Inn staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer