Proud To Be A WLRA Member: Skylar Inn
The Skyler Inn in Casper is a home away from home for many people who work and play in the Oil City. Owner Doug Walker is a long-time member of the WLRA and he sat down recently to share his experience in running an extended-stay property and the benefits he finds in membership.
Walker’s property is located just one block south of the main campus of Wyoming Medical Center in the heart of Casper. Built in 2001 and opening for business with the dawn of 2002, the property sees a large number of patients and families, but also for the short-term workers who are responsible for the large wind farms and oil and gas development projects taking place in the central part of our state.
“Our business philosophy is ‘take care of the people and the money will take care of itself,’” explains Walker, a longtime hotelier. “We focus on the individual needs of each of our guests and do our best to exceed their expectations.”
Each of the Skyler Inn’s rooms features the comforts of home, including a complete kitchen. The Skyler even provides a basic complement of dishes in the cupboards. It is this home-like atmosphere that keeps guests coming back again and again.
“Being a part of the hospitality industry,” Walker says, “is very rewarding for me and my staff. We love to hear people’s stories and love sharing ours with them. You meet so many different people from so many walks of life, and all of them are very interesting.”
Membership in the WLRA has also been a critical component to Walker’s success with the Skyler Inn.
“I knew very little about the hospitality industry when I bought my first lodging property,” Walker recalls. “I joined the WLRA for their vast knowledge and invaluable resources. Those resources have been very important for me, even to this day, and continue to expand my limited knowledge of the industry.”
When asked why he maintains his membership, Walker explains: “I continue to retain my membership for the continued new ideas and ‘tips’ that make my business easier and more economical to operate,” he says. “I also value the personal relationships I enjoy with many other members; truly, an invaluable resource.”