Torch Lite Inn

Star Rating
2 out of 5
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3.1 / 5
1,548 reviews


  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    7 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Main Beach
    8 min walk
  • Restaurant
    Little Caesar's
    5 min walk
  • Restaurant
    The Avenue
    8 min walk
  • Airport
    San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.)
    43 min drive

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    About this area

    Santa Cruz

    Torch Lite Inn is located near the beach and in an area with good shopping. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Mystery Spot are notable landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Main Beach and Monterey Bay. University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum and Roaring Camp Railroads are also worth visiting. Our guests appreciate the motel's central location.

    What's nearby

    • Popular Location
      Ocean Street - 3 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - 7 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Main Beach - 8 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Pacific Avenue - 9 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Santa Cruz Wharf - 13 min walk

    Getting around

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


    • Little Caesar's — 5 min walk
    • The Avenue — 8 min walk
    • World Grill — 8 min walk
    • Poet and Patriot Irish Pub — 9 min walk
    • Original Sin Desserts — 9 min walk

    About this property

    Torch Lite Inn

    Art Deco Santa Cruz motel in Westside Santa Cruz, walk to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    An outdoor pool, a seasonal outdoor pool, and laundry facilities are available at this smoke-free motel. Free breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk and free newspapers. All 38 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include coffee makers, hair dryers, and phones.
    Torch Lite Inn offers 38 air-conditioned accommodations with coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. 40-inch LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries.
    Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.
    A complimentary breakfast is offered each morning. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. This Art Deco motel also offers an outdoor pool, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and laundry facilities. Complimentary self parking is available on site.
    Torch Lite Inn is a smoke-free property.
    Recreational amenities at the motel include an outdoor pool.
    The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.



    Check-in between 3 PM - 3 AM


    Check-out before 11 AM

    Children and extra beds

    • Children are welcome.
    • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
    • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
    • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


    • Pets not allowed

    Property payment types

    American Express

    Important information


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

    • Deposit: USD 50 per stay

    We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

    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 are 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.
      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

    The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

    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

    Property amenities


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

    Parking and transportation

    • Free self parking

    Food and drink

    • Free breakfast available daily 7 AM–9 AM

    Things to do

    • Outdoor pool

    Family friendly

    • Laundry facilities
    • Microwave
    • Outdoor pool
    • Refrigerator


    • Free newspapers in lobby
    • No elevators

    Guest services

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

    Languages spoken

    • English


    • Smoke-free property

    Room amenities


    • Air conditioning
    • Blackout drapes/curtains


    • Free toiletries
    • Hair dryer
    • Shower/tub combination


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

    Food and drink

    • Coffee/tea maker
    • Microwave
    • Refrigerator


    • Connecting rooms available
    • Desk
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Phone

    Nearby things to do


    • Beach access
    • Golfing
    • Hiking/biking trails
    • Kayaking
    • Mountain biking
    • Sailing
    • Scooter/moped rentals
    • Surfing/boogie boarding
    • Theme parks
    • Water skiing

    Guest rating

    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor
    Service and Staff
    Property condition


    • Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Do NOT Stay Here with Kids

    This motel caught on fire at 2am! My family (including a 7-month old and 3 yr old) had to jump out of bed and evacuate immediately. We woke up because our 7-month old started crying, not because of the fire alarm. There was NO fire alarm. There was a ton of smoke and NO fire extinguishers. This was June, 2018. We didn't come back for our stuff until the next morning. When we arrived at 8am, we had to knock on the office window for about 20 mins before someone came out (the manager was fast asleep). All of or stuff had smoke damage - suitcases, clothes, portable crib. No apology, no explanation. Disappointed with hotels.com for having this motel on their site. It's clearly not up to code. Customer service also wouldn't process a refund until I finally escalated this to a supervisor. Frustrating all around. I'm a big fan of hotels.com and their rewards program, but much less so now.

    Stayed 1 night in Jun 2018


    • Liked: Staff & service
    • Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities

    Stayed 1 night in Jun 2018

    4/5 Good

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Stayed 1 night in Jun 2018

    5/5 Excellent

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Stayed 1 night in Jun 2018

    4/5 Good

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Not too far of a walk to the beach

    Stayed 1 night in Jun 2018

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