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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Torch Lite Hotel Santa Cruz
- Torch Lite Motel