In its next life, the 1.5-star East Colfax motel that once housed Rockbar will be a hotel, restaurant and shop

This news will either please or displease you depending on which Yelp reviewer you are.

The All Inn Motel on East Colfax Avenue. Nov. 19, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The All Inn Motel on East Colfax Avenue. Nov. 19, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The owners of the All Inn Motel at 3015 E. Colfax Ave. are betting that the worn 1959 building has potential as a hotel, restaurant and storefront.

Inspire Investment Group submitted a development plan to the city last week that depicts two buildings — the existing one and a new one. Developers plan to renovate the old motel and open a 54-room hotel with a ground-floor restaurant where Rockbar’s sticky dancefloor once lived. Inspire wants to build a four-floor, 27-room hotel building next door, according to city documents. The campus would have room for one store and a pool.

East Colfax Avenue’s future is decidedly transit-oriented, but developers envision 61 parking stalls and six bike racks on the 1.3-acre site.

Denver’s planning department has not yet approved the blueprints.

Calls and emails to Inspire and its contractors went unreturned, but it’s safe to say they envision something fancier than the All Inn, which averages 1.5 stars on Yelp. Maybe that’s good news for Yelper Troy T., who called the place “nasty and horrible,” but others use the cheap motel as transitional housing, according to the motel’s Google reviews.

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