The Rainbow Motel in east Greeley goes from shabby to chic

June 20, 2019

By: Tamara Markard

Greeley Tribune

The Rainbow Motel, 105 N. 8th Ave., hosted a community open house on Tuesday, showcasing a new look and reputation.

Built in 1956, on a site once rumored to be a speakeasy in the days of prohibition, the motel slowly deteriorated over the years — both structurally and clientele wise.

The Rainbow Motel has reopened under new management with a fresh facelift, new office, pictured here Tuesday afternoon June 18, 2019, and new in-room modern decor. The motel, located at 105 8th Ave in Greeley, also has a barbecue area and a small Airstream trailer available for meetings. (mbrian/mbrian@greeleytribune.com)

This Airstream trailer, pictured Tuesday afternoon June 18, 2019, is available for meetings at the reopened Rainbow Motel. New management has provided a fresh facelift and new in-room modern decor for the motel located at 105 8th Ave in Greeley. (mbrian/mbrian@greeleytribune.com)

One of the main talking points of the motel grounds is the shiny silver Airstream camping trailer located at the front of the property. Parked on faux grass and surrounded by a white picket fence, the camper draws the attention of guests and passers by alike.

The Rainbow Motel, pictured her Tuesday afternoon June 18, 2019, has reopened under new management with a fresh facelift and new in-room modern decor. The motel, located at 105 8th Ave in Greeley, also has a barbecue area and a small Airstream trailer available for meetings. (mbrian/mbrian@greeleytribune.com)

Wanting the building to be appealing from every angle, artist John Gersick has been commissioned to paint a mural on the backside of the building.

Gersick has been teaching art at Lamar High School since 2007 and has been painting large-scale murals since he was in college at Adams State University in Alamosa.

So far the improvements are paying off, with rooms being booked at a steady pace and the motel’s reputation being repaired.

For more information on the Rainbow Motel or to book a room, go to http://www.rainbowmotelgreeley.com or call (970) 356-9672.