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Torch Lite Inn

500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #39 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 5 weeks ago
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Lompoc,Ca
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here at the last minute while in the area. It is an old motel located close to the boardwalk area and thus way over priced for what you get. The breakfast is minimal, the rooms clean but small and with few amenities. Recommend looking elsewhere for a motel when in the area.

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San Marcos, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and our two kids had plans in Santa Cruz the next day so I wanted to be close to the location we were going to in the morning. Here is the deal if your looking for a place close to the boardwalk it's great if your looking to get a descents night sleep FORGET IT!!! It is located... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Torch Lite is one of those good for one or two nights hotels. The location is ideal if you want to walk to Santa Cruz boardwalk, there are a few restaurants also within walking distance. I thought the prices are a bit steep but I did book in the middle of June at the last minute. The rooms and bathrooms... More 

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Hanford, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We have stay here the last two visits to Santa Cruz and glad we found The Torchlite Inn. We visit 3-4 times a year and have stayed at several different places. This is by far our favorite place now. Room are clean, comfortable beds, microwave & frig, and property is clean an well maintained. There is a nice pool and... More 

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Healdsburg, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We came here as a group for a high school field trip, and I booked it because it was within our price range and close to the boardwalk. Overall, I thought it was great for a budget motel. One of the rooms for the students smelled like cigarettes when we first arrived so I switched with them, but after airing... More 

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

torchlite inn is nice clean hotel and updated room flat tv hbo movie channels . our room was up stair pool view . we all enjoyed our stay my kids love heated pool and early breakfast hotel is very close walking distance from beach and downtown . we booked it online and extend our stay for 2 more days because... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Been travelling for weeks and never had my housedustmite allergy given me any problems, until this place came along. It is dirty as well, only superficially cleaned (hairs, mold; check the fotos). Guy at reception was very unfriendly (unlike his fellow countrymen). Waited 10 mins at reception before anyone showed up. When I told him I had been waiting I... More 

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George Town, Grand Cayman
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Can't really fault this place too much, the good points outway anything not so good. Decent price, large clean rooms, well furnished, nice bathroom/shower, free parking. The only moans I have is I found the mattress too soft (obviously a personal observation) and from the early hours of the morning people checking out and dragging their wheeled luggage around makes... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We have stayed here a few times and have never been disappointed. The rooms are clean and equipped with micro/frig. There is a pool for summer swimming. The breakfast is good....lots of options and well kept. Location is fairly good...I just wouldn't walk alone at night as a female.

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Clovis, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This property is a paradox. The property has had extensive renovations! It was clean, lived up to the pictures online and the staff was very friendly. We have stayed in Santa Cruz and Capitola many times and know the area is frequented by youngsters going to the board walk and the beaches and don't appreciate the type of care they... More 

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