Torch Lite Inn - Santa Cruz

500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, United States, 95060  show map
 2 stars
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Torch Lite Inn - Santa Cruz


On-site parking

Luggage storage

Late check-in

24-hour reception

Food/ Drinks

Coffee/Tea in lobby

Swimming pool

Seasonal outdoor pool


Self-service laundry


Flat-screen TV


Torch Lite Inn is a 2-star comfortable hotel offering a beautiful accommodation within easy reach of Pebble Beach, The Great Mall and Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Since 1960, it has been hosting guests in the heart of Santa Cruz.

Torch Lite Inn is 10 minutes' walk from the center of Santa Cruz. There are restaurants and an oceanarium in the area.

A mall and shops are also set close by.

The hotel enjoys a major location within 45 minutes' drive from Mineta San Jose International airport.


The property offers 38 guestrooms appointed with climate control, a personal computer, wireless internet, cable TV and a DVD player. Bathrooms come with a bathtub, complimentary toiletries and a shower.

Eat & Drink

Guests can enjoy a meal in Little Caesars Pizza and Zachary's Restaurant, which are located in a shopping area, just about 5 minutes’ walk from Torch Lite Inn.


The on-site conveniences include a free private car park, a vending machine and free self parking.


A seasonal outdoor pool and a golf course are offered for the use of guests.


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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  • Non-smoking property
  • Wi-Fi
  • On-site parking
  • 24-hour reception
  • Late check-in
  • Express check-in/ -out
  • No pets allowed
  • Air conditioning in public areas
  • No elevators
  • Vending machines
  • Exterior corridors
  • Smoke detectors

Sports & Fitness

  • Water sports
  • Golf course


  • Housekeeping
  • Self-service laundry
  • Wake up service
  • Newspaper service

Dining facilities

  • Continental breakfast
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby

Leisure facilities

  • Seasonal outdoor pool

Room facilities

  • In-room air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Connecting rooms
  • Dressing area
  • Garden furniture
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • In-room desk
  • Ironing facilities


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


  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


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

Room decor

  • Blackout curtains



  • from  3 pm


  • until  11 am

Children and extra beds

  • One child under the age of 2 may stay at the price of USD 10 per person per night in a crib. 
  • 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. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 


  • Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hotel

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Hotel Address:

500 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, United States, 95060

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City Center
  • Santa Cruz
    800 m
  • Bus stop
    100 m
  • Little Caesars Pizza
    250 m
  • Miramar
    330 m
  • 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:

Rooms and availability

Queen Room
  • Max occupancy:

    4 persons

  • Bed type:

    2 Queen-size beds

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King Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 King-size bed

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What's nearby

Popular areas

  • City Center700 m

Places of interest

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Shopping areas



  • Art League Inc-Santa Cruz500 m
  • Museum of Art and History700 m
  • McPherson Center700 m
  • Museum of History & Art at the McPherson Center700 m
  • First Night Santa Cruz800 m
  • Santa Cruz Museum Nat History1.0 km
  • Surfing Museum Lighthouse Pnt1.0 km


  • Parks and Recreation Dept800 m
  • Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation1.0 km
  • Santa Cruz Mission State Park1.2 km


  • Louden Nelson Community Ctr700 m
  • Calvary Parish Hall800 m
  • Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium1.0 km
  • Pacific Cultural Ctr1.1 km
  • Holy Cross Parish Hall1.4 km
  • Cayuga Vault1.4 km

Universities, Institutes

  • Gestalt Institute-Santa Cruz800 m

Golf courses and Country clubs


  • Cowell's Beach900 m

Oceanfront Areas

Local attractions

  • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach1.8 km
    5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
  • UCSC Arboretum3.1 km
    1156 High Street, Santa Cruz
  • Natural Bridges State Park3.9 km
    2531 West Cliff Drive near Swanton Blvd., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum2.0 km
    West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz
  • Pleasure Point Beach3.5 km
    East Cliff Dr. and Pleasure Point Dr., Santa Cruz

Near the hotel

  • Santa Cruz Wharf570 m
    Beach Street, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk810 m
    Beach Street, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History1.0 km
    1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
  • Mission State Park1.5 km
    School Street, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Main Beach560 m
    Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz
  • Museum of Art & History840 m
    705 Front St., Santa Cruz
  • Cave Train1.2 km
    Santa Cruz, CA

Restaurants nearby

  • Little Caesars Pizza250 m

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

    70% likes this, based on 6 reviews
    Price Range: CAD 3 - CAD 27

  • Saturn Cafe490 m

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

    70% likes this, based on 88 reviews
    Cuisine: Vegetarian
    Price Range: CAD 0 - CAD 24

  • India Joze490 m

    Address: 418 Front Street
    Phone: 8313253633

    63% likes this, based on 50 reviews
    Cuisine: Indian
    Price Range: CAD 12 - CAD 18

  • Miramar330 m

    Address: 232 Leibrandt Ave

    61% likes this, based on 23 reviews

  • Zachary's Restaurant530 m

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

    78% likes this, based on 142 reviews
    Cuisine: American
    Price Range: CAD 2 - CAD 27

Hotel information
  • Check-in:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  11 am
  • Number of rooms:
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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

    Breakfast and the room.

  • Older travelers

    Basic accomodations

    Noise from street and common veranda

  • Single

    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

    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

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

  • Couple

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

    Kind of small. Very close to main road.

  • Couple

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

    no breakfast (somebody stole it ;) )

  • Family with children

    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 Avenue, Santa Cruz, United States, 95060

Get directions
City Center
  • Santa Cruz
    800 m
  • Bus stop
    100 m
  • Little Caesars Pizza
    250 m
  • Miramar
    330 m
  • 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: