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“Good place for a cheap night” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Torch Lite Inn
Ranked #42 of 54 Hotels in Santa Cruz
New York
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30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good place for a cheap night”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Overall this was a good deal for what we paid. We were looking for a clean room to spend one night. There was nothing special about this place but it was clean and the staff was friendly. The only odd thing was that when we checked in (around 11:00pm), the guy at the front desk didn't actually let us into the office. He dealt with us through a window. It was a little odd and made me think the neighborhood is sketchier than I otherwise would have thought. This place is a good option for a budget hotel in Santa Cruz.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Noah G
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

Only stayed 1 night, had read reviews and was slightly concerned as we usually stay in 4 or 5 star hotels, but we had no problems. Room was large, clean (a bit dated but ok). We felt safe, as area is a bit strange! Good security as need key to access corridor to rooms. We stayed in block away from main hotel, parking under the room and room very quiet. Pool was like a bath, warmest I have been in, kids enjoyed it. Bonus breakfast as didn't realise it was included. Slightly overpriced for facilities, but ok overall. Santa Cruz not our type of place but experience was ok for 1 night.

Room Tip: Block away from hotel very quiet
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MaxiReg
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

We booked here for 2 nights. We ended up staying just one night. The manager insisted we had only
booked for one night we found this out when we came back to find our room locked and our belongings in storage. He then told us that he had reserved a room in a hotel across the bridge, we did go and have a look and there was no way I would have stayed there it was v v poor standard. It all reeked of a scam. Don't stay here run run run....

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Consepta
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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

Walk, don't run away from The Torch Lite in Santa Cruz.
It all sounded nice enough, but it wasn't. The room was in rough shape. The mirror over the sink
was held in place with blue painters tape. When we looked out the window to see our "pool view" we saw instead a dumpster and a planter with dead snapdragons and cigarette butts. Oh yes, one day when we weren't given any towels by the housekeeper and called the front desk to inquire we were told to come get them ourselves. The staff was robotic and showed no joy in doing their job. Service was zero. There are many better places that would actually care about service.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Karen02116
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San Diego, California
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stayed at another place last time we were there that was very run down but clean. This place was dated but the bed and sheets were nice. The bathroom was clean. The pool is not heated, this is the end of July and it was cool. No spa. The parking was atrocious! You could walk to the boardwalk. I found it on a hotel site. Once we were there we saw so Many motels that were not on the site. Overpriced for what you are getting. We don't know about the breakfast because it opened late. It had a frig.

Room Tip: The double queen was spacious, the king bed was okay.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank scarlettburnett
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

This hotel had many bad reviews, so we were kind of worried staying here. But this hotel was nothing like the reviews. When we first checked in the man had no smiles not very welcoming at all. But when we got in the hotel room it was very clean. No trash and no bad odor very clean. And the distance walk was great to. As for the breakfast it was amazing. No stale cereal that's forsure it had cupcakes, coffee, fruit and more. I enjoyed my stay and so did my family of 7.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wawa_lovelove
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Woodbine, Maryland, Usa
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66 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

This place is very convenient as it's within walking distance to the Beach Boardwalk. It's also about an hour south of SF. We stayed here after touring SF on a Sunday. The room was very nice included a fridge and microwave. It was also very clean. They had a free breakfast, which was good as well. We didn't get to use the pool but the front desk lady said it was heated. I would have preferred to have paid a little less but this was not outrageous considering that it's California.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marc I
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Additional Information about Torch Lite Inn

Property: Torch Lite Inn
Address: 500 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5124
Region: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Torch Lite Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 38
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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