Evans Mission Bay Magazine Issue 2 - Page 36

Amenities have expanded over the years. The Catamaran’s Oceana Coastal Kitchen serves fresh seafood, like ceviche. he renovated and turned into a Mississippi- style sternwheeler named the Bahia Belle. EVOLUTION AND EXPANSION Over time, both the Bahia Resort Hotel and the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa have expanded. The resorts’ most dramatic changes are evident in the number of rooms available at each. By 1968—15 years after it first opened—the Bahia Resort Hotel had gradually expanded to contain its current 314 rooms. Similarly, a tower with 160 rooms was added to the Catamaran resort that same year. Two decades later, the resort was ren- ovated again, increasing in size to 311 guest rooms. And the Bahia Belle received an update in the 1980s to increase capacity. Aside from adding rooms, Anne Evans says she and her company have had to keep up with changes in expected amenities as well. “The public’s expectations of what a hotel needs to be have changed a lot,” she says, mentioning that they included only telephones when the Bahia hotel first opened. Of course, flat-screen TVs, wireless internet access and more were later added to the rooms. To keep improving accommo- dations for guests, the company continually reinvests its revenue into the hotels. Sustainability is also important to the company, according to Tony Castro, main- tenance supervisor at the Bahia Resort Hotel. “We have become much greener 36 “ I am immensely proud of what we do and of the relationship we have developed with our staff members and with the public. —ANNE EVANS over the years and we continue to make large strides in this area,” he says. “We have made changes to our grounds and watering systems in an effort to do our part and conserve water due to California’s recent drought conditions.” The hotels also work to conserve energy and minimize waste. In fact, for its sustainability efforts, all three hotels have attained the highest level of participation in the California Green Lodging Program. The business also remains a family-run endeavor: When William Evans passed away in 1984, Anne took on more responsi- bilities within the company. With the help of their children, she commissioned a cus- tom-built, 100-foot sternwheeler called the William D. Evans. Launched in 1986, the 400-passenger boat was crafted in the same antebellum style as the Bahia Belle. Both The Lodge at Torrey Pines is next to Torrey Pines Golf Course, home of the U.S. Open in 2008.