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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
Pismo Beach, California
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“You get what you pay for”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stayed here in July, 2012. The 4 stars are for the service. Its a family run business and they were very very friendly. They are obviously making much needed improvemtns and really trying to run a decent establishment. Upon arrival, we were told we would receive 2 doubles, but we booked 2 queens. I told them that would not work at all, with me being 9 months pregnant, traveling with my husband and 2 young children. They upgraded us to a 3 bed, 2 room room for free. The extra space was very nice! They had just put in new carpet, and we had a balcony. The room was in a seperate builing, up some stairs, through a tired but breezy hallway. The room was tired, but beds and linnens were very comfortable. we had 2 TV's. Breakfast was average but awesome. Pool was also awesome! Heated, and perfect for young kids. No jacuzzi, but in the summer the pool was all we needed. When we were told that the pool didnt open untill 10, they were kind enough to let us in earlier because we had a long day ahead of us and the kids really wanted to swim. It was an easy walk to to boardwak ( I was 9 months pregnant at this time, pushing a double stroller, in about 80 degree weather) It was fine for 1 night, although in no way luxury. My husband loved this place, however i think I would prefere to stay out of this area of Santa Cruz, and make the train at felton our main focal point. If the boardwalk is your goal, and you want to avoid the nightmare of parking, then this IS the nicest place that you will find for this price point within easy walking distance to the boardwalk. If you have never been to Santa Cruz, be advised it is a dirty town, this part of town where the Boardwalk is in paticular old and dirty.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We booked through hotel.guides.com and this hotel did not have a record of it. They honored the price quote and had a room available. Rooms were clean. Second floor had an outdoor seating area overlooking the pool. No scenery though this place is angled right on the corner of two busy roads. Room was quiet. No complaints. Continental breakfast served in the room next to the pool. Yogurt, fruit, juice, cereal and coffee Traveling off season has some benefits as this place only had a few guests. Good location and good price with free parking. Only 3 blocks to the Boardwalk and 2 blocks to restaurants.

Room Tip: Second floor has nice patio overlooking the pool
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

The Torch Lite Inn is a good deal for the price. Rooms were clean, customer service is good and location is a short walk to Boardwalk, and downtown. The breakfast is lacking, but there are plenty of coffee and breakfast places close by.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

stay there for 2 nights, every thing was good, staff is friendly, clean, close to board walk, clean carpet. breakfast is good.. what we paid for. this is a perfect place for families with kids.
and for teen ages.. pool was clean and warm.. timing is great 10 to 10pm..

will stay here again

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ripon, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I was sorely disappointed by the Torch LIte Inn over the Labor Day weekend. Our room had a lovely balcony but the screen door fell OFF when I was opening it. Therefore we could not have any fresh air in the room unless we also wanted whatever else could come in!

There were 4 guests and we were given 3 cups, 3 towels, etc.

I found half a cigarette butt on one of the shelves.

For the amount of money we spent the room was terribly small and unaccomodating.

The complimentary breakfast room was nearly depleted of supplies. Guests were searching in cupboards for cereal and the juice machine was leaking on the counter.

All I can say is pick another place to stay when you are in Santa Cruz.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

After overcoming the sticker shock of Boardwalk hotels we we're happily surprised. Close to Boardwalk and attractions. The room was a nice size, beds comfortable and a great size refrigerator for drinks and snacks. Our room overlooked the pool. We didn't use, but a good size for a quick cool off if time had permitted. Overall would recommend for a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chico, California
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

This is a perfect place to stay if you will be spending most of your time at the boardwalk. It's an easy 3-4 block walk to the Boardwalk and ocean. The motel is small and has a very basic breakfast--cereal, english muffins, yogurt, juice. It is not luxurious, but the location is great, the parking is free and the outdoor pool is heated. The staff was nice. The maids could be seen mopping the tile walkways each day and it smelled clean. The bathroom fixtures were a little worn and run down, but the water was hot and we really had no complaints. It is not the Hyatt and if you are really picky about hotels, it is not the place for you. If you want a basic place to sleep and easily walk to all the attractions, then it is perfect.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melanie P, Public Relations Manager at Torch Lite Inn, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you found the staff to be helpful & courteous and the room comfortable. We look forward to provide you with an more comfortable & enjoyable stay on your next visit.
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Address: 500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Torch Lite Inn 2*
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 
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