LUSK – Updating a motel is a costly investment, not only in money and time but in lost revenue when rooms are closed, but the investment is one that Tom Wasserburger is both familiar with and willing to make. In March of 2020 Wasserburger, owner of the Pioneer Court Best Western in Lusk decided to purchase the Townhouse Motel just down the street and see what he could make of it.
Previously owned by Amy, Marvin and Joyce Hammer, the motel had been updated on the exterior, Hammers had a reputation for affordable rooms with good service however many of the rooms still needed a lot of work. After having extensively renovated his other property over the years, plus numerous residential rentals Wasserburger decided to tackle most of the work with the help of his staff.
One by one most of the rooms and guest common areas were updated and all the bathrooms renovated. New flooring, bedding, fixtures and complete overhaul of the bathroom creating rooms that not only look modern but provide guests with an experience you wouldn’t typically get at a budget-friendly motel in a tiny town in Wyoming.
Wasserburger believes in investing in your community and one way to do that is to ensure that the quality of the motels and hotels in town are high and the service friendly. Guests staying at the Townhouse have full access to the amenities of the Pioneer Court which include the exercise room, full breakfast and outdoor pool. The Townhouse also has its own updated guest laundry.
Wasserburger appreciates all of the work his staff have done to get the motel ready for the summer season. The skills and knowledge of the individuals working at the motel kept the renovation budget down since they were able to do most of the labor themselves. Several of the key features in upgraded rooms include plank laminate in the pet-friendly rooms for easy cleaning. A no-lip walk-in shower in the handicap accessible room and showers with offset handles so it makes it easier to start the shower prior to getting in. Each room is just a little different from the rest from artwork to bathroom layout so each guest gets a unique experience. A Harley Davidson themed suite offers two queen and one king size bed as well as a separate sink area, sitting space and desk along with the bathroom. The rooms with patios remain a single, queen-sized bed with wall-mount flat screen TV and one even has a double shower-head walk-in luxury shower space.While some minor parking lot changes to improve handicap parking with make the pet yard slightly smaller it will still be available for those traveling with their favorite furry friend.
To celebrate renovations wrapping up, Wasserburger held a grand opening on Friday June 3. Hosted at the Townhouse attendees were given a tour of the property by Wasserburger or one of his staff. Dinner of beans, potato salad and a hamburger or hotdog were served and everyone toasted to the reopening with a beverage of their choice. A strong turnout for the open house showed how much Wasserburger’s business interests are supported by the community, along with a healthy dose of curiosity to see what he had done with the place. He can’t wait to be booked up for the summer and show guests who come to Lusk that you can find world-class accommodations for a budget friendly price in a small town.