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Torch Lite Inn

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Signature Room | Premium bedding, pillowtop beds, desk, blackout drapes
Signature Room | Premium bedding, pillowtop beds, desk, blackout drapes
Deluxe Room | Premium bedding, pillowtop beds, desk, blackout drapes
Signature Room | Premium bedding, pillowtop beds, desk, blackout drapes
Deluxe Room | Premium bedding, pillowtop beds, desk, blackout drapes

Overview of Torch Lite Inn

Torch Lite Inn

2.5 star property

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
  • 24/7 front desk
500 Riverside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk7 min walk
  • Popular LocationMonterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center12 min walk
  • Popular LocationSanta Cruz Wharf13 min walk
  • AirportSan Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.)43 min drive

Room options

About this area

Santa Cruz

Located near the beach, Torch Lite Inn is in Westside Santa Cruz, a neighborhood in Santa Cruz with good shopping. Williams-Reynolds House and Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Santa Cruz Wharf and Cowell's Beach. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Boardwalk Bowl are also worth visiting. Kayaking and water skiing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with mountain biking and hiking/biking trails nearby. Guests appreciate the motel's central location.

What's nearby

  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - 7 min walk
  • Boardwalk Bowl - 8 min walk
  • Pacific Avenue - 9 min walk
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center - 12 min walk
  • Santa Cruz Wharf - 13 min walk

Getting around

  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC) - 43 min drive


  • Asti - 8 min walk
  • Firefly Coffeehouse - 8 min walk
  • Beach Street Café - 9 min walk
  • Zachary's - 9 min walk
  • Blue Lagoon - 10 min walk

About this property

Torch Lite Inn

Motel located in Westside Santa Cruz
Torch Lite Inn provides amenities like a terrace and laundry facilities. Guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
You'll also find perks like:
  • Free self parking
  • A 24-hour front desk, smoke-free premises, and outdoor furniture
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the central location
Room features
All 38 rooms feature comforts such as premium bedding and air conditioning, in addition to thoughtful touches like free WiFi.
Other conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Shower/tub combinations, free toiletries, and hair dryers
  • 40-inch LCD TVs with premium channels
  • Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Limited onsite parking

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities


  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • This property does not have elevators
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Heating
  • Pillow-top mattress
  • Premium bedding


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Towels


  • 40-inch LCD TV
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Desk
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 6:00 AM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
2 children can stay for free if using existing beds when occupying the parent or guardian's room
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 50 per accommodation, per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property reserves the right to pre-authorize the guest's credit card prior to arrival.
Safety features at this property include a smoke detector
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

This property does not have elevators

Property is also known as

Torch Lite Inn
Torch Lite Inn Santa Cruz
Torch Lite Santa Cruz
Torch Lite Hotel Santa Cruz
Torch Lite Motel
Torch Lite Inn Motel
Torch Lite Inn Santa Cruz
Torch Lite Inn Motel Santa Cruz

Frequently asked questions

Is Torch Lite Inn pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much does it cost to stay at Torch Lite Inn?

As of Dec 6, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Torch Lite Inn on Dec 7, 2022 start from $58.0, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at Torch Lite Inn?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Torch Lite Inn?

Check-in is from 3:00 PM - 6:00 AM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Torch Lite Inn?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Where is Torch Lite Inn located?

Located in Westside Santa Cruz, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ocean Street and Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) away.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Torch Lite Inn and receive a full refund?

Yes, Torch Lite Inn offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Torch Lite Inn cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.

Overall score and ratings

Rating 5 - Excellent. 228 out of 999 reviews" "
" "5 - Excellent 23%
Rating 4 - Good. 252 out of 999 reviews" "
" "4 - Good 25%
Rating 3 - Okay. 229 out of 999 reviews" "
" "3 - Okay 23%
Rating 2 - Poor. 146 out of 999 reviews" "
" "2 - Poor 15%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 144 out of 999 reviews" "
" "1 - Terrible 14%




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Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
I stayed in Room 212. It’s been completely renovated: it’s equivalent to a room at, for example, a Holiday Inn Express, and the front-desk clerk said all of the rooms have been similarly renovated. The only thing missing is a closet or any other way to hang clothes on hangers. The hotel itself is clean, well-lit, etc., and it was quiet and felt totally safe. The on-site parking was tight but adequate.

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Everything was perfect! Only bad thing is Limited parking.
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Nice and clean. easy check in. close parking

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Clean room, excellent service

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This is very good hotel, very big rooms, clean. I strongly recommend this.
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities
Newly remodeled room, although already showing some wear. Comfortable beds, nice TV. The auto light in the bathroom was kind of a bummer when it turned off while I was in the shower. Overall it was a good, clean room for the price.
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022

1/5 Terrible

Business traveler
Disliked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities
The staff was rude. Will never stay there again Un.
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Nice, looks like it’s been remodeled
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The room is clean, pretty new, with all basic supplies, above expectations. Convenient walk to Santa Cruz broadwalk. Empty dirt lot (previously pool) can add some greens.
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022

1/5 Terrible

Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Worst stay I've ever had anywhere. Room was in ok shape. Called the office 4 times about excessive noise next door, was threatened by someone at the hotel kicking and screaming on doors til 4 am
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022