Get an overview of this hotelArt Deco motel in Santa Cruz near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Near the beach

This motel is just a 5 minute walk away to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Main Beach, and Santa Cruz Wharf. Also nearby are Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Cocoanut Grove.

Complimentary breakfast

The motel welcomes every guest with complimentary breakfast served in our breakfast area. Other amenities include free WiFi, laundry facilities, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk.

Complimentary Wi-Fi

The 40-inch LCD TV comes with come with premium cable channels. Guestrooms also feature complimentary wireless Internet access, air conditioning, and coffee/tea makers.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning. High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. This Art Deco motel also offers a seasonal outdoor pool, laundry facilities, and express check-in. Complimentary parking is available on site. Torch Lite Inn is a smoke-free property.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Total number of rooms - 38 
  • Free self parking 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2 
  • Outdoor seasonal pool 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Microwave 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Desk 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Dial-up Internet access (surcharge) 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • LCD TV 

Where to Eat

A complimentary breakfast is served each morning in the breakfast room between 7 AM and 9 AM.

Nearby Things to Do

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at 3 AM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit 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.

No rollaway/extra beds available

No cribs (infant beds) available

No elevators


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.

Hotel Name

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

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.

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3.1 out of 5
62% of guests recommend
3.4 Room cleanliness
3.1 Service & staff
3.3 Room comfort
3.0 Hotel condition
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Worth what you pay.

3 out of 5
Posted Jan 17, 2017
Pros: The price, and the bed was very comfortable.
Cons: Paint job, chain lock on door, enforced parking for guests only. Why is there a $50 deposit fee?
We paid about $90 including tax for one night. It was worth what we payed for. The room itself was nice, however we checked in pretty late so when we walked in and turned the switch by the door... there was no light. So I have no idea what that switch was for. The bathroom walls need a repainting, there was a big circle of paint missing. Other than that, the hotel was decent. One major issue I had was that there seemed to be non-guests parked and loitering around the parking lot so I wasn't too comfortable parking my car there. There was a man standing by his car very odd almost all night, and there was another with his bike standing by guest cars (including ours). If the staff could enforce no loitering and no non-guest cars in the parking lot, that would have been great.
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No one

3 out of 5
by from So. Calif.
Posted Jan 10, 2017
Pros: It was clean.
Cons: Staffing during business hours
Location: Close to the Boardwalk
Finding anyone to communicate with at 8AM was impossible, returning keys etc., was not possible in person, had to use drop box which left key cards accessible to outsiders.
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5 out of 5
Posted Dec 28, 2016
Great place to stay clean rooms good customer service I would recommend to family and friends I would not be staying anywhere else while I'm in santa cruz Thanks torch light inn
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Within walking distance to everything

3 out of 5
by from Brisbane, Australia
Posted Dec 15, 2016
Pros: Moderately priced for the location
Cons: The whole place needs a refurbishment (but that would mean spending money and hiking up prices to recover)
Location: Can easily get to the pier and downtown.
The window in the room didn't close properly so it would never lock. The fly screen in that window kept falling out and was shabby. The curtains were all torn from age and everyone could see straight into your room, had to peg towels up across window to get privacy. Other guests congregated at the top of the stairs next to our room after midnight to have very loud drunken discussions (not the best when you have your young daughter travelling with you). Apart from that we were happy with our stay.
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4 out of 5
Posted Dec 9, 2016
Pros: Great service. Close by the beach.
Cons: Bug control.
Great, except some bugs showed up on our last days.
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3 out of 5
Posted Dec 1, 2016
Very nice hotel, breakfast was not awesome, but it was satisfactory.
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Bugs and bad smell

2 out of 5
Posted Dec 1, 2016
Pros: Close to attractions; that's it
Cons: Remodel....
The room had little tiny bugs on the counter; the bathroom smells like a sewer and the breakfast room is way too small and not much variety. The room key did not work and had to go back to the front desk.
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Nice n quiet n very close to the beach

5 out of 5
Posted Nov 29, 2016
Quiet good location for the boardwalk n the staff was very hospitable to my children
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nice hotel close to beach

3 out of 5
Posted Nov 22, 2016
Walking distance to beach😊 Room was ok but heater and fridge too loud when kicks on😕
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Disappointment, especially for the price

2 out of 5
Posted Nov 21, 2016
the room was obviously not cleaned (there was half used soap in the bathtub and trash in the trash can) when we got to our room- after 8pm. The walls are paper thin and you can hear everything. I mean EVERYTHING. For nearly $200, this hotel was not worth it, by any means. The only plus was the location.
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