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Denverites share memories as Ramada on East Colfax demolished

David Heitz

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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) A Denver hotel that was known for its debaucherous parties, haunted kitchen and less-than-five star accommodations came crashing down this week during demolition.

The three-story, 152-room Ramada on East Colfax was demolished recently to make way for what will likely be an apartment and retail complex. But what stands firm are the memories the place left in its wake.

Many of these memories were shared on a Reddit thread that emerged over the weekend entitled “Rest in hell, Ramada on Colfax” where posters who claim to be former patrons shared their memories of the hotel that was also on the receiving end of scathing reviews.

“It was the dirtiest, grungiest, most rundown hotel I’d ever been to,” read a post from Armidylano444.

Remembering the ‘haunted kitchen’

“Good times,” wrote another poster who claimed to have worked at the hotel for five years. “Lots of partying. Many memories. Will always remember the good times and haunted kitchen.”

He added, “While washing dishes you could feel something watching you from the back area near the locker room. And in a storage area by there, a light would always turn on by itself.”

Partying apparently also occasionally turned dark at the hotel.

“My good friend died of an OD at that hotel in 2005,” Redditor pmotyka wrote. “I’d always think of him when driving past. I’ll need a new landmark to trigger memories.”

A new chapter

An apartment community and retail space are expected to sprout from the site at 1150 East Colfax.

In an email, a representative of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department said the city currently is reviewing the proposed project from Kairoi Residential, which includes a 7-story, mixed-use building with 334 residential units and 6,000 square feet of retail space.

“These plans are currently under review and have not yet been approved by the city, so it’s possible the final project could change from what I’ve described here,” communications director Laura Swartz said.

It is uncertain when construction on the apartment building will begin. The applicant for the project did not return an email sent late Monday.

“Ugh, they need to tear it down so badly,” wrote another poster on Reddit. “Just get rid of it. Ambulances are there constantly. Random and constant screaming can be heard by people just wandering the parking lot.”

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