Torch Lite Inn

Torch Lite Inn

500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States
+1 831 426 7575

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Torch Lite Inn
Mon 11/29
Tue 11/30
ProviderNightly total$100$111

About Torch Lite Inn

  • Motel Room
    You’ll have direct access to the parking lot
  • Clean and Tidy
    This stay has listed several different cleanliness practices.
  • Freebies
    This stay includes Wi-Fi and Parking for free

This modern Santa Cruz motel is situated within a 10-minute walk of Santa Cruz Metro Bus Station. It is located a short stroll from Santa Cruz Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Torch Lite Inn at the Beach Boardwalk offers an all-hours reception, plus laundry facilities and an outdoor pool. For added convenience, it features a wake-up service and a vending machine.

All the rooms at Torch Lite Inn at the Beach Boardwalk include a refrigerator, a coffee maker and a private bathroom. They all offer heating, a telephone and ironing facilities.

The area near the motel has a range of cafés and restaurants. Natural Bridges State Park and University of California Santa Cruz are easily reached by car.

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Rooms available at Torch Lite Inn

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Amenities at Torch Lite Inn

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Wi-Fi available in all areas
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • Free toiletries
  • Internet
  • Laundry facilities
  • Hairdryer


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi available in all areas
  • Internet
  • Towels
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Shampoo
  • Free toiletries
  • Smoke alarms
  • Heating
  • Body soap
  • Air-conditioned

Health and safety

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Physical distancing rules
  • First-aid kit
  • Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities


  • Shower
  • Bathtub
  • Hairdryer
  • Toilet
  • Toilet paper
  • Private bathroom

Services and conveniences

  • Wake-up service
  • Key card access
  • Express check-out
  • 24hr front desk


  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Vending machine (drinks)


  • Family rooms
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Telephone

Parking and transportation

  • Free parking
  • Private parking

Media and entertainment

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable or satellite TV

Accessibility and suitability

  • Increased accessibility
  • No smoking


  • Terrace/Patio
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Laundry facilities


  • Socket near the bed


  • Desk

Things to do

  • Golf

Family friendly

  • Children's television networks


  • Outdoor pool

Reviews of Torch Lite Inn

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2.0 Bad
Pros:Nothing, ok maybe the location
Cons:We found five cockroaches in the room in about 30 minutes, including one on the headboard. There was pubic hair in the bathroom. We were on the second floor, but we could see their open, festering dumpster not 50 feet away. It looked like they had not even put fresh sheets on the bed. We were tired. We had to get up early, but we could NOT stay in this dump. The pics online made it look cute. The rating was not great, but it was good. I travel enough to know when people clean a room properly. This room had the appearance of not having been cleaned well in some time. There is no way you should even have this on your list of options, especially with a good rating! The place is a health hazard. We ended up at the Parralax which was a very nice place and worth the reviews and the money even though we only got five hours of sleep. I do not need to stay there or at The Ritz, but when you rate a place "good" it should be clean, devoid of cockroaches and pubic hair. Disgusting is mild when it comes to our reaction. I hope you will do something about it. I run my own business or I would start by calling the health officers in the city of Santa Cruz, but this your business and you should investigate for YOUR sake.
5.1 Passable
Pros:It was fairly clean, room was pretty
Cons:There was no soap! Had to go downstairs and ask for it. The guy on the reception was not nice at all. In the morning, when I went for continental breakfast, mykey wouldn't open the room, when I finally got in, same guy showed up and demanded to tell my room number to make sure I'm staying there. Ummmm.... He only saw me six hours ago to check me in and give me soap 10 min later. Btw, neighborhood is skatchy, but I don't look like a homeless.
10.0 Excellent
Pros:So close to Santa Cruz. Also near food which is a plus. Quiet and relaxing and you get the HBO channel! reasonable price also. Provides a mini fridge and that's awesome.
Cons:Towels are too small
8.5 Great
Pros:On a family trip down to Southern California we were looking for a inexpensive motel to stay one night in. We found that in this motel. It looks a little rough on the outside but we were pleasantly surprised by how clean our room was. The room looked to be recently refurbished. The staff was friendly and helpful. The complimentary breakfast was simple, but good. If you're looking for a cheap room for a night of just passing through town, then this is perfect.
Cons:The only downside to this motel was that our neighbors were coming and going all night. Luckily my kids are sound sleepers. Our bathtub was missing a drain plug. I was hoping to give my daughter a bath. When I called the front desk the man didn't seem too worried. He said he would bring one, but never showed. Also the beds were pretty firm, but for the price it overall was good.
5.1 Passable
Pros:Free breakfast
Cons:Baby cockroach and ants inside room... YUCK!
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500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

What's nearby

  • Cocoanut Grove0.3 mi
  • Main Beach0.4 mi
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History0.6 mi
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk0.7 mi
  • Town Clock0.7 mi
  • Santa Cruz Wharf0.8 mi
  • Mission Santa Cruz0.8 mi
  • Santa Cruz Harbor1.1 mi
  • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum1.3 mi
  • State Lighthouse Museum1.3 mi
  • University of Santa Cruz Arboretum1.9 mi
  • DeLaveaga Golf Course2.2 mi



Check in anytime after 3:00 PM, check out anytime before 11:00 AM


Cancellation/prepayment policies vary by room type and provider.

FAQs when booking at Torch Lite Inn

  • Torch Lite Inn is located at 500 Riverside Avenue, 0.7 miles from the center of Santa Cruz. Cocoanut Grove is the closest landmark to Torch Lite Inn.

  • Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 AM at Torch Lite Inn.

  • Yes, Torch Lite Inn offers free Wi-Fi.

  • Yes, Torch Lite Inn offers free parking.

  • No, Torch Lite Inn does not offer free airport shuttle service.

  • Torch Lite Inn is 27.6 miles from San Jose. Torch Lite Inn is 28.1 miles from Monterey Regional.

  • Yes, Torch Lite Inn has a pool onsite.

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Distance to city center

0.7 mi

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Nearest Airport

San Jose

Distance to airport

27.6 mi