10 minute walk to boardwalk with heated pool. I will stay again and again. Week day rates excellent. Fridge and microwave in room with blow dreyer and iron. Free breakfast which was typical. Nothing to brag about but I've had worse so no complaintsGenuine Expedia guest review
I would stay againGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great location and Hotel to stay"
hotel is in perfect location in santa cruz i stayed in many different hotel in santa cruz but i like this hotel nice and clean room very comfy bed free breakfast is good helpful management hotel is close to beach and downtown i will definitely stay againGenuine Expedia guest review
Enjoyed the heated pool and covered parking. Comfortable beds and clean rooms.Genuine Expedia guest review
Good and clean.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I was not happy at this hotel. The light in the bathroom did not work and the toilet got clogged every time we used it. It was clogged overnight.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very clean, comfortable, and good walking distance from the Boardwalk and Pacific Avenue.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"you get what you pay for"
Satisfied with pricesGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"close to beach and downtown"
Kind of funky but was just fine. It is on a busy intersection but a lot of the older motels in Santa Cruz are in busy areas. The pool was warm and open till 10:00 at night. I was able to walk to the boardwalk and down town with great ease. and there was a market close by, as well as a Walgreens pretty close by. the staff was helpful and friendly. the […] place does have a strong smell of cleaning products. which I guess I got used to. All in all, decent place no bugs, and was clean. it is just old and they could probably do themselves a favor and renovate the rooms. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Terrible breakfast, better not offer it"
We were expecting an average continental breakfast,but it turns out far less than that. Quite disappointingGenuine Expedia guest review
"Checked in and checked out"
Don't always believe the pictures hotels post. The Torch Lite looked nice and clean on their web site...got there and it was a dump. We had issue after issue.. the owner acted bothered by us. He eventually told us he would give us a full refund and we could leave... we left and went down the street to the Days Inn. Much better! There are plenty of other […] hotels in the area to stay at. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"MORE LIGHTS PLEASE"
I wish that they could put more lights in the room. It's too dark room. But good at all!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Clean rooms. Good value, a few kinks to work out."
Clean and affordable, close to the boardwalk. I like the continental breakfast bar. With that said, the remote for the tv needed new batteries, the parking was TIGHT and spaces limited, and the coffee pot in my room was missing.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice for a quick stay"
The outside was kind of junky but the rooms were nice. The bed was comfy and the shower had all new fixtures. For the price it's great being that it's one of the cheaper hotels in santa cruz. I'd stay here again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We checked in friday to this hotel. FIRST I've noticed was the clean surrounding in the hotel and you can smell clean.as we walked inside our room.the room was clean and smell fresh.very comfortable bed and nice room.now, suddenly around 9ish at night there were doors started to banged...heard it for 4times, then I decided to call front desk, the guy […] at front desk told me he'll looked into it. But, the door banging kept going till the morning..this is not a cheap hotel by price.can they look at guests before accepting in? Well, maybe not. Lastly, when I checked in the girl on front desk was not approachable...she looks not very accommodating, as I talked to her...I smiled and she gets busy between her checking me in and her cellphone.rude! Not coming back to this place...oh ! And the room where you get your breakfast, no light...not working! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good location, place to sleep, get what you pay"
This hotel is in a perfect location. It is close to the boardwalk and close to downtown Santa Cruz. It was easy to walk downtown to the Catalyst where we saw a concert. It is a cheap hotel, so if you are looking for something fancy then obviously not what you are getting. But the rooms were clean, bed was comfy (pillows not so much/bring your own), […] and shower was nice. It had a tiny pool that we didn't see anyone in, but all we needed was a place to sleep after our concert and this was perfect. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"OK place to stay near the beach"
Air conditioning unit and refrigerator are loud...I woke up to them multiple times during the night. The room next to ours had a party and was making a lot of noise and smoking outside the room. Breakfast was very minimal.Genuine Expedia guest review
Clean and safe, but very worn furniture, paint, fixtures.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Perfect location for the boardwalk"
This hotel was in a perfect location for us as we were there on the weekend and wanted to take the kids to the boardwalk. It was about a 5 minute walk so we were away enough not to be bothered with the noise but close enough to walk. The hotel was clean, comfortable and the staff were helpful and friendly. Breakfast was just OK but we weren't there […] for food. We would come back for sure. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Fun place with grandchildren"
We had a very nice stay. Very clean room. The management is very accommodating.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Ok place to stay for 1 night"
The hotel staff was very indifferent and not friendly. I called the front desk about the bathroom sink light switch not working and she argued with me about how to turn it on. I ended up moving a table lamp over to the area so that I could see. The toilet did not work well, the AC did not work( weather was not too hot) and the screen fell off the sliding […] door. But overall the room was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. Not worth the $$$ spent but I realize the hotels in the area do not have to work hard to make money. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Budget, but Ok!"
Hotel was ok for a budget a hotel. Staff were not friendly or helpful but room was clean, breakfast was nice and could walk to the boardwalk which was great.Genuine Expedia guest review
Nice room. Big balcony. Room was hot at first. Wi-Fi didn't work until late at night. Keys stopped working hours before checkoutGenuine Expedia guest review
We stayed at Torch Lit Inn one night and it was surprisingly comfortable and very clean. Neighbors were cordial and respectful. Management could improve on the selection of food provided for the continental breakfast. But then again, that's just us. We have already booked another room at Torch Lit Inn for next month's weekend getaway.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Can not recommend..."
We do not know Santa Cruz and wanted an inexpensive hotel with free parking and a breakfast close to the beach. This we got. Just because something is walkable does not mean that you should. This is a dicey area on a one way street. Difficult to get to even with GPS. We had bikes on the car on a long bike trip up the PCH and this is the only time we […] felt fearful about the bikes. Management was not helpful, this hotel needed cleaned and security. I do not like to write negative reviews, but I chose this hotel based on positive reviews, so let me set the record straight, chose a different budget hotel. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good downtown location but a bit unloved."
Dissapointed as web pics showed a nicer place than we found. Downtown Santa Cruz is also unloved.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Will stay there again"
Very nice and clean with good continental breakfast. Worth it with the price paidGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Room was not clean. There was a sandle from a previous guest by the bed. Coffee make but no coffee pot. Hair drier broken. An office chair in the corner of the room. Towels like sandpaper and they smelled stale. Beds were awful....we basically didn't sleep. The only reason we didn't leave was because there were no vacancies except at similar quality […] places. Never again! And for what we paid per night? Deplorable! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"You get what you pay for."
In Santa Cruz, because of the University, the hotels/motels really jack the rates up. This is one of the 'cheapest' (and I say that with tongue in cheek, it's expensive) hotels. It's near the boardwalk. It's not the nicest or cleanest, but if you're looking to save money while visiting your kids at UCSC, this is a place to check. It's got a free breakfast. […] All carb stuff and fruit. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Sketchy area, dated, micro size bathroom, hair balls on bathroom floor, very expensive for what you get.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Beautiful, convenient and clean!"
I love this place. The rooms were very clean, the walking distance to the boardwalk was only like 5 minutes away, and the hotel in General was beautiful. I would definitely come back.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice place to stay"
Rooms are nice and comfortable as well as clean. Location is very convenientGenuine Expedia guest review
"Average hotel, but close to main attractions"
Average hotel. Clean room. Bad noise insulation, and noisy fridge. Walking distance from the wharf and the boardwalk.Genuine Expedia guest review
Was able to check in early which was very nice, then went to downtown Santa Cruz.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Quit your crying you Prima-Donnas. Great Place !!"
for the value this was a steal. Room was spacious, fridge, microwave, channels that came in clear. I travel a lot and have had some dumps I paid more for that thought were a good deal and turned out to be a rip off. Breakfast had some flaws but had coffee in the room as well. They must have made great improvements or you guys are just a bunch of picky […] runny nose brats. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great price, clean room - included breakfastGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"IT IS NOT A NONSMOKING INN"
The inn was advertised as nonsmoking. That is false. They do not seem to care that guests smoke. We were on the first floor and could hear movement througout the night from the room upstairs. There is no degree setting for the airconditioner. It is either ice cold or humid. The price paid is about what the room is worth. The maid was fantastic and we […] tipped her well for the service. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Torch Lite Inn"
Location is good. Within walking distance to downtown area and beach / boardwalk. Stayed at Torch Lite twice in the week and both times the WiFi did not work .Breakfast was adequate but would prefer it start a little earlier than 7AM.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I think this place gets a lot of poor reviews because of their rates during the summer. I've never paid those. I stayed after Labor Day and it was one of the cheapest places to stay in the city and was clean, quiet, and comfortable. I've been staying at this place for years and highly recommend it.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"not in bad condition for being by the beach.."
The rooms were nice with nice flat screen tv's to watch sports on..the area I hire isn't so great considering that we were harassed by s.c.p.d.gang task force..and every time I went to get breakfast from the free continental breakfast area, there was some homeless person ruining in and stealing food..so all in all not so good..I wouldn't bring my children […] to this hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Check-in time not flexible"
All other motels in the surrounding area have very flexible check-in times. If there is room available (most of the time there is room), they will allow me to check in as early as 11:00 in the morning. However, this motel wouldn't allow me to check in at 1:30. I was asked to come back at 2:30 p.m. Good thing that by 2:15, they had a room for me.Genuine Expedia guest review
If you want a quality hotel at the right price this is it. Our stay was great, breakfast daily and the location cant be beat if you want to be close to the beach/boardwalk (5min walk over the bridge). We will stay here again for sure.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
People were so loud in the middle of the night. Our tv didn't work. Would not recommend this place.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Budget hotel near Santa Cruz Boardwalk."
Room was ok for a budget hotel. Location was good for what we needed. Bed was comfortable. It was quiet at night. There was no elevator, so had to haul all our luggage and stuff up stairs to 2nd floor and back down. Hotel staff found me another iron at 10:00 at night when the one in our room didn't work and I needed one. What I did not like was that […] they charged me a $50 deposit to my credit card at check-in "in case I left the room in bad condition". My husband and I are in our 60's, we're not going to trash the room. I will be watching my credit card account to make sure that refund in received back. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"No sleeping here"
The torch lite in looks cute on the outside. The inside looks updated but slightly scummy. The walls were paper thin; we could actually make out what our neighbors were watching on tv. We were also right next to the stairs so when anyone walked up or down, the room shook. Also, the busy street below became too noisy to ignore by 7am. The bathroom was […] clean with the exception of an industrial sized toilet plunger, which I had to use at one point during our stay. We chose the hotel because of the proximity to the boardwalk, but they told us our car would be towed if we left it past 2 while we were at the beach. I would suggest avoiding this place. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"close to beach boardwalk, but lacking otherwise"
damaged bed rails, no one availabe to fix 1st evening in room, by 3 pm the next day it still wasn't fixed. we checked out losing 1 nights cost. the grounds were dirty, dryer lint in gardens in piles. Incidentially, I never used profanity or insults or mentioned price in my 1st review..but I'm not surprised that you wouldn't print it.Genuine Expedia guest review
This place was so gross! We almost packed and left as we arrived! - The walls are so thin, we could hear our neighbors talk for a good portion of the night before we were able to fall asleep. There was such a strong smell of bleach as we opened the door as we arrived, and the carpet was sticky and it felt so yucky! eeeekkkkGenuine Expedia guest review
You get what you pay for. It's run down & on the corner of a noisy intersectionGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Hotel is located in a pretty bad area...not much in the category of nice.Genuine Expedia guest review
The hotel is clean and the staff was wonderful. The closeness to all the excitement of the boardwalk was the best part. Close, but not close enough to be kept up by all the traffic and noise of the humans and rides. However, that being said, you don't get to hear the ocean.Genuine Expedia guest review
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