New business spotlight on Williamsport Grandview

Troy Musser likes the idea of having the only hotel between Williamsport and Jersey Shore.

He’s hoping the Williamsport Grandview, 4860 S. Route 220 Highway, Williamsport will offer the sort of long-term lodging that will be embraced by the area community.

The 18-room, two-story hotel features units offering plenty of space for people who want to feel at home, he said.

Every unit has a full kitchen, living room, bedrooms with two queen-sized beds, and two televisions.

“There will be grilling areas upstairs and downstairs for people,” he said. “There’s three acres of land to walk and relax on and a good view of the (Susquehanna) river.”

One room serving special needs guests is also available.

Musser, who not only owns the hotel but served as general contractor for the building, is excited about the prospect of opening up more lodging to serve the area’s growing natural gas industry. He also owns the Gamble Farm Inn, Jersey Shore.

Located in Woodward Township along Route 220, the Williamsport Grandview also features a pool fronting the highway. In constructing the hotel, Musser made use of an existing home attached to the main hotel, which will be rented out as well.

Musser said he decided to build a hotel after the opportunity presented itself in 2012.

“We bought it at an auction this past summer,” he said. “It was the Grandview Hotel.”

He said the project entailed a lot work. Construction began in August with the finishing touches made this winter.

Musser said he expected to start taking reservations Monday.

“Our intentions are for long-term marketing,” he said. “We are renting for under $100 a night.”

Gas workers present a good customer base. However, he also hopes to rent out rooms for weekend and more short-term stays including to anglers and hunters heading for the nearby Pine Creek Valley.

Musser noted he made use of local businesses in building the hotel. For example, Garvey’s Floor Gallery, Lewisburg, provided the flooring and Beiter’s Home Center, Williamsport, some of the kitchen, living room and bedroom furnishings.

“Each one of our vendors was great,” he said.

The hotel is expected to employ seven people.