Torch Lite Inn - Santa Cruz

500 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, United States, 95060  show map
 3 stars
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Torch Lite Inn - Santa Cruz

 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

 Free parking
 24-hour

24-hour reception

 Check-in/Check-out

Express check-in/-out

 Swimming pool

Seasonal outdoor pool

 Sports activities

Golf course

 Breakfast

Continental breakfast

 No Smoking

Non-smoking rooms

Overview

The comfortable Torch Lite Inn is a 3-star property set next to University of California at Santa Cruz, Seymour Marine Discovery Center and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum featuring a seasonal outdoor pool and a golf course. Torch Lite Inn has been welcoming guests to its beautiful rooms since 1960.

The hotel is 600 meters away from Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz Main Beach and Museum of Art & History. The venue is located within 10 minutes' walk from Santa Cruz center.

Torch Lite Inn overlooks gardens and a grove and provides quick access to a pebble beach.

Guests can reach Torch Lite Inn by car from Mineta San Jose International airport in 45 minutes.

Rooms

This property comprises 38 rooms featuring Signature Double Room and Double Room with free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea makers, individual climate control, IDD telephone and a dressing area. They also have en suite bathrooms with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries.

Eat & Drink

Serving guests with vegetarian dishes, Miramar is 350 meters away.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

Free private parking is possible on site.

Number of rooms:   38.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Handicap parking
  • Express check-in/-out
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning in public areas
  • Smoke detectors
  • No pets allowed
  • Exterior corridors
  • No elevators

Sports & Fitness

  • Water sports
  • Golf course

Services

  • Self-service laundry
  • Newspaper service

Dining facilities

  • Bed and breakfast
  • Continental breakfast
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby

Leisure facilities

  • Seasonal outdoor pool

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • In-room air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Connecting rooms
  • Dressing area
  • Ironing facilities
  • In-room desk

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Bath/Shower
  • Room toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Kitchen facilities

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Media

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable/Satellite television
  • Direct dial telephone
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Blackout curtains

Policies

Check-in

  • from  3 pm

Check-out

  • until  11 am

Children and extra beds

  • Older children/adults may stay at the price of USD 10 per person per night in an extra bed. 
  • All children under the age of 13 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 

Pets

  • Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hotel

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Hotel Address:

500 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, United States, 95060

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City Center
  • Santa Cruz
    800 m
Airports
  • Bus stop
    100 m
Restaurants
  • Little Caesars Pizza
    250 m
  • Miramar
    330 m
Beaches
  • Santa Cruz Main Beach
    560 m
  • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
    1.8 km
Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Number of rooms:
    38

Rooms and availability

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Bed type: 2 Queen-size beds or King-size bed
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    Signature Double Room
    Bed type: King-size bed or 2 Queen-size beds
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      How to reach hotel

      hotel Torch Lite Inn - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz location
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      Hotel Address:

      500 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, United States, 95060

      Get directions
      City Center
      • Santa Cruz
        800 m
      Airports
      • Bus stop
        100 m
      Restaurants
      • Little Caesars Pizza
        250 m
      • Miramar
        330 m
      Beaches
      • Santa Cruz Main Beach
        560 m
      • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
        1.8 km
      Hotel information
      • Check-in:
        from  3 pm
      • Check-out:
        until  11 am
      • Number of rooms:
        38

      Torch Lite Inn Location

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      What's nearby

      Popular areas

      • City Center - 700 m

      Places of interest

      • Sky Glider - 500 m
      • Cowell's Beach - 900 m

      Sport related

      • Veterans Memorial Building - 1.0 km

      Shopping areas

      • Museum of History & Art at the McPherson Center - 700 m
      • Pacific Garden Shopping - 800 m

      Amusement

      • Surf Bowl Cafe - 500 m
      • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - 600 m
      • Cocoanut Grove Banquet and Conf - 600 m
      • Boardwalk Photos - 600 m

      Museums

      • Art League Inc-Santa Cruz - 500 m
      • Museum of Art and History - 700 m
      • McPherson Center - 700 m
      • First Night Santa Cruz - 800 m
      • Santa Cruz Museum Nat History - 1.0 km
      • Surfing Museum Lighthouse Pnt - 1.0 km

      Parks

      • Parks and Recreation Dept - 800 m
      • Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation - 1.0 km
      • Santa Cruz Mission State Park - 1.2 km

      Halls

      • Louden Nelson Community Ctr - 700 m
      • Calvary Parish Hall - 800 m
      • Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium - 1.0 km
      • Pacific Cultural Ctr - 1.1 km
      • Holy Cross Parish Hall - 1.4 km
      • Cayuga Vault - 1.4 km

      Universities, Institutes

      • Gestalt Institute-Santa Cruz - 800 m

      Business areas

      • Pacific Avenue - 800 m

      Golf courses and Country clubs

      Marina

      • Cowell's Beach - 900 m

      Oceanfront Areas

      • Santa Cruz - 700 m

      Local attractions

      • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach - 1.8 km
        5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
      • UCSC Arboretum - 3.1 km
        1156 High Street, Santa Cruz
      • Natural Bridges State Park - 3.9 km
        2531 West Cliff Drive near Swanton Blvd., Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum - 2.0 km
        West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz
      • Pleasure Point Beach - 3.5 km
        East Cliff Dr. and Pleasure Point Dr., Santa Cruz

      Near the hotel

      • Santa Cruz Wharf - 570 m
        Beach Street, Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - 810 m
        Beach Street, Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History - 1.0 km
        1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
      • Mission State Park - 1.5 km
        School Street, Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Main Beach - 560 m
        Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz
      • Museum of Art & History - 850 m
        705 Front St., Santa Cruz
      • Cave Train - 1.2 km
        Santa Cruz, CA

      Restaurants nearby

      • Little Caesars Pizza - 250 m

        Address: 233 Ocean St
        Phone: 831-469-9100

        70% likes this, based on 6 reviews
        Price Range: GBP 2 - GBP 17

      • Saturn Cafe - 490 m

        Address: 145 Laurel St
        Phone: 831-429-8505

        70% likes this, based on 88 reviews
        Cuisine: Vegetarian
        Price Range: GBP 0 - GBP 15

      • India Joze - 500 m

        Address: 418 Front Street
        Phone: 8313253633

        63% likes this, based on 50 reviews
        Cuisine: Indian
        Price Range: GBP 7 - GBP 11

      • Miramar - 330 m

        Address: 232 Leibrandt Ave

        61% likes this, based on 23 reviews

      • Zachary's Restaurant - 540 m

        Address: 819 Pacific Ave
        Phone: 831-427-0646

        78% likes this, based on 142 reviews
        Cuisine: American
        Price Range: GBP 1 - GBP 17

      Hotel information
      • Check-in:
        from  3 pm
      • Check-out:
        until  11 am
      • Number of rooms:
        38
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      Torch Lite Inn Reviews

      Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Torch Lite Inn

      Average guest rating

      5.6out of 10
      Guest rating
      Based on 42 reviews

      Guest reviews

      • Single
        5.0

        The Torch Lite Inn was obviously just renovated and looks pleasing to the eye. New paint and new carpeting. Lots of money went into the rooms to update what seems like an 1950's hotel, too bad they didn't do anything to sound proof the rooms.

        Yes! The hotel was so loud. We ended up getting up at 1 am and driving home because the people under us and behind us were having a party and we couldn't sleep. The neighbors were blasting polka music as we parked and that was the first sign that we should have gotten out of there right away.

      • Family with children
        8.2

        Close to beach and Boardwalk. Very convenient at a low price. Very nice pool area.

        A bit noisy, but as expected since this is on a busy street.

      • Single
        5.4

        Walk to the beach.

        Continental breakfast was late on Sunday, and on Saturday was very minimal and not healthy for what was there. I tend to like a quieter location. This is at a busy intersection. The room cost more then what I was told it was on my booking reservation.

      • Single
        2.8

        There is nothing I liked about this hotel from the start. I specifically requested a no smoking room but the room I was given clearly had had previous smokers in residence. The second room was not much better and was located near an industrial noise. There free WiFi was free for a reason ... it barely worked and required at least an hour to set up and connect. Even when connected the speed was pathetic ... have we not progressed from dial up yet??? This room made the stay in Santa Cruz quite horrible. Would never recommend anyone staying here under any circumstance.

      • Group of friends
        7.4

        The price and the location were very great. The room was clean and had a good size, not too small.

        The included breakfast is really a joke. The wireless was very slow.

      • Couple
        4.6

        Location is good, near the beach and downtown

        The room wasn't clean, the sheets were dirty, the personel was strange and for example checking us out in their pyjamas. The breakfast was very poor. I think you can get better hotelrooms in Santa Cruz within the same price range.

      • Family with children
        5.8

        The location is good, the towels were clean and everything worked ok on room.

        Breakfast only had coffee and only one donut per person, no bread or toasts, no milk, no microwave on breakfast room and the doors were closed before the time of breakfast´s end.

      • Family with children
        7.4

        Room is clean; hotel is close to downtown and boardwalk, easy to find foods.

        Breakfast and the room.

      • Older travelers
        6.6

        Basic accomodations

        Noise from street and common veranda

      • Single
        4.6

        This was the least expensive lodging in the Santa Cruz area that met my very low standards for cleanliness & service. Location (two blocks from the Boardwalk) was a plus.

        The minimal "breakfast" was never on time. One day I received no maid service at all, other days service was quite deficient. The facility changed my lock code so I was often locked out of my room.

      • Group of friends
        4.2

        This hotel was rated ***. It should be rated * at best. The room had a distinct smell to it. The mattress was lumpy. The bathroom sink area didn't allow you to put anything on it, not even a cup with your toothbrush and toothpaste. The shower sputtered and the water temperature was inconsistent. The coffee was undrinkable. The breakfast was a joke. It's on the par with what I would expect from a Motel 6. There are no restaurants in the immediate area. The only good thing about this place was that the internet access was free. If you want to stay in Santa Cruz, stay closer to the downtown area. The Boardwalk is a dump. The surfing is terrible.

      • Family with children
        3.8

        Vanity and bathroom lights automatically shuts off. Also, TV turns off after 3 minutes, did not get to watch TV during stay.

      • Couple
        7.4

        I like the service, and the cleanliness of the room.

        Kind of small. Very close to main road.

      • Couple
        6.6

        big room with all services, close to beach and boardwalk, good price

        no breakfast (somebody stole it ;) )

      • Family with children
        7.8

        The pool was amazing! The best pool I have ever used at a hotel!!

        The breakfast was a joke! It would be better if they didn't advertise that they had breakfast. The orange juice and milk were sour as in bad for you.

      How to reach hotel

      hotel Torch Lite Inn - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz location
      Show big map »

      Hotel Address:

      500 Riverside Ave., Santa Cruz, United States, 95060

      Get directions
      City Center
      • Santa Cruz
        800 m
      Airports
      • Bus stop
        100 m
      Restaurants
      • Little Caesars Pizza
        250 m
      • Miramar
        330 m
      Beaches
      • Santa Cruz Main Beach
        560 m
      • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
        1.8 km
      Hotel information
      • Check-in:
        from  3 pm
      • Check-out:
        until  11 am
      • Number of rooms:
        38