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

 Swimming Pool

Seasonal outdoor pool

 Sports activities

Golf course

 Breakfast

Continental breakfast

 No Smoking

Non-smoking rooms

 Pets

No pets allowed

Overview

The comfortable Torch Lite Inn is a 3-star property located in the heart of Santa Cruz. Operating in Santa Cruz since 1960, this hotel features traditional architecture and modern comforts.

A short stroll of 25 minutes will take you to University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Just 1km from the center of Santa Cruz known for Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Wharf and Museum of Art & History.

The hotel offers a central location close to a grove and gardens.

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

Rooms

Each of the 38 beautiful rooms is fitted with individual climate control, Wi-Fi, ironing facilities, a writing desk and a microwave as well as a fridge and coffee/tea makers. They feature en suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, a shower and a bathtub.

Eat & Drink

The air-conditioned restaurant serves local cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere.

Services

Business travelers can use an internet terminal and internet connection available on site.

Relax

Torch Lite Inn offers a golf course and a seasonal outdoor pool to ensure guests' comfortable stay.

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
  • Late 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
  • Wake up 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

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

Policies

Check-In

  • from  3 pm

Check-Out

  • until  11 am

Children and extra beds

  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

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
    2700 ft
Airports
  • Bus stop
    400 ft
Restaurants
  • Little Caesars Pizza (cuisine: Pizza)
    900 ft
  • Miramar (cuisine: Seafood)
    1100 ft
Beaches
  • Santa Cruz Main Beach
    1900 ft
  • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
    1.1 mi
Hotel information
  • Check-In:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-Out:
    until  11 am
  • Number of rooms:
    38

Rooms and availability

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Double Room
Bed type: King Size bed or 2 Queen Size beds
Size: 295 sq. feet
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  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Private bathroom
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Offering free Wi-Fi, this air-conditioned room includes a 40-inch LCD TV with HBO film channels, a work desk, a coffee machine and an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Microwave and refrigerator provided upon request.

Room facilities
    Torch Lite Inn Signature Double RoomTorch Lite Inn Signature Double RoomTorch Lite Inn Signature Double Room
    Signature Double Room
    Bed type: 2 Queen Size beds
    Size: 295 sq. feet
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    • Air conditioning
    • Shower
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    Signature Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

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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
        2700 ft
      Airports
      • Bus stop
        400 ft
      Restaurants
      • Little Caesars Pizza (cuisine: Pizza)
        900 ft
      • Miramar (cuisine: Seafood)
        1100 ft
      Beaches
      • Santa Cruz Main Beach
        1900 ft
      • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
        1.1 mi
      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 - 2300 ft
      • Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse - 1.2 mi

      Sport related

      Shopping areas

      Amusement

      • Surf Bowl Cafe - 1700 ft
      • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - 2000 ft
      • Cocoanut Grove Banquet and Conf - 2000 ft
      • Boardwalk Photos - 2000 ft

      Museums

      • Art League Inc-Santa Cruz - 1700 ft
      • McPherson Center - 2300 ft
      • Museum of Art and History - 2300 ft
      • First Night Santa Cruz - 2700 ft
      • Surfing Museum Lighthouse Pnt - 3300 ft
      • Santa Cruz Museum Nat History - 3300 ft

      Parks

      • Parks and Recreation Dept - 2700 ft
      • Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation - 3300 ft
      • Santa Cruz Mission State Park - 4000 ft
      • Lighthouse State Beach Park - 1.3 mi

      Halls

      • Louden Nelson Community Ctr - 2300 ft
      • Calvary Parish Hall - 2700 ft
      • Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium - 3300 ft
      • Pacific Cultural Ctr - 3700 ft
      • Holy Cross Parish Hall - 4600 ft
      • Cayuga Vault - 4600 ft
      • Viking Hall - 1.2 mi
      • German American Hall - 1.2 mi
      • Portuguese Hall - 1.2 mi

      Universities, Institutes

      • Gestalt Institute-Santa Cruz - 2700 ft

      Marina

      • Cowell's Beach - 3000 ft

      Oceanfront Areas

      Local Attractions

      • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach - 1.1 mi
        5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
      • UCSC Arboretum - 1.9 mi
        1156 High Street, Santa Cruz
      • Natural Bridges State Park - 2.4 mi
        2531 West Cliff Drive near Swanton Blvd., Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum - 1.3 mi
        West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz
      • Pleasure Point Beach - 2.2 mi
        East Cliff Dr. and Pleasure Point Dr., Santa Cruz

      Near the hotelNear the hotel

      • Santa Cruz Wharf - 1900 ft
        Beach Street, Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - 2700 ft
        Beach Street, Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History - 3300 ft
        1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
      • Mission State Park - 4900 ft
        School Street, Santa Cruz
      • Santa Cruz Main Beach - 1900 ft
        Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz
      • Museum of Art & History - 2800 ft
        705 Front St., Santa Cruz
      • Cave Train - 4000 ft
        Santa Cruz, CA

      Restaurants Nearby

      • Little Caesars Pizza - 900 ft

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

        70% likes this, based on 6 reviews
        Cuisine: Pizza
        Price Range: USD 3 - USD 22

      • Saturn Cafe - 1700 ft

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

        70% likes this, based on 88 reviews
        Cuisine: Vegetarian
        Price Range: USD 0 - USD 20

      • India Joze - 1700 ft

        Address: 418 Front Street
        Phone: 8313253633

        63% likes this, based on 50 reviews
        Cuisine: Indian
        Price Range: USD 10 - USD 15

      • Miramar - 1100 ft

        Address: 232 Leibrandt Ave

        61% likes this, based on 23 reviews
        Cuisine: Seafood

      • Zachary's Restaurant - 1800 ft

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

        78% likes this, based on 142 reviews
        Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Diner
        Price Range: USD 2 - USD 22

      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

      Individual 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
        2700 ft
      Airports
      • Bus stop
        400 ft
      Restaurants
      • Little Caesars Pizza (cuisine: Pizza)
        900 ft
      • Miramar (cuisine: Seafood)
        1100 ft
      Beaches
      • Santa Cruz Main Beach
        1900 ft
      • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
        1.1 mi
      Hotel information
      • Check-In:
        from  3 pm
      • Check-Out:
        until  11 am
      • Number of rooms:
        38