My sister has a bad knee, so we stayed on the ground floor, room 104. DO NOT stay in this room unless you like being bothered by dirty homeless people scrounging through the garbage can at all hours and drinking from the water fountain right outside the door!
The pool looked nice though we did not try it. After checking in about 4pm, I walked out to the room and was nearly assaulted by a homeless guy who came around the corner of the building quickly and almost knocked me down. He came from the ice machine (also right outside of my room) and proceeded to fill his Gatorade bottle with water from the drinking fountain. He left the Gatorade bottle in the fountain, and started digging through the trash. The guy from the motel came out and told him to leave and the guy said he was staying there but had lost his receipt...right...the man told him to leave and he finally did. The room was decent and clean enough. The bed comfy. ONE more complaint is that the windows slider/screen wasn't fit properly and the locking mechanism for the window was not safe. It locked into a piece of vinyl, which with any force would open right up.
Next morning when I went out to get the continental breakfast-which was right outside of my room, there was another homeless guy sitting on his bike and drinking from the fountain. He did not meet my eye. I walked back and he was still there so I went to tell the management. They said we haven't seen anyone and I said I would never stay on the bottom floor or that room ever again. As I walked back by the breakfast room, the bike was outside the door and the guy was getting as cup of coffee, then I watched him ride off. I later saw him on the wharf digging through a garbage can outside of a restaurant.
The continental breakfast was adequate. There was nukem oatmeal (which is usually what I eat) and raisin toast, Thomas's English muffins (wowzers), oranges, apples, cereal, nasty coffee and espresso, and REAL Nutella!
For the price I did not expect much, so I was not really disappointed with the place. They do need to do a better job of keeping out the street life from the place.
- 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
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