Stefan Huber Named Managing Director of El San Juan Hotel
SAN JUAN — El San Juan Hotel has appointed Stefan Huber as managing director and general manager of the Isla Verde hotel which, under his direction, will reopen its doors in early 2017 following a multimillion-dollar, property-wide renovation, it was announced Wednesday.
A seasoned hospitality veteran, Huber returns to the El San Juan Hotel, where he served as director of housekeeping from 1985 to 1987. Huber refined his skills at the Ocean Reef Club, the Fairmont Dallas, the Inn & Spa at Loretto, and most recently, the InterContinental Dallas.
“Stefan’s exemplary management acumen, proven knowledge of the luxury and lifestyle hospitality markets, and longstanding relationship with the El San Juan Hotel will bring local know-how and world-class operations to the property during this momentous time,” said Andro Nodarse-León of León Mayer & Co., one of the owners and asset manager of the property. “We’re thrilled to welcome him back to the hotel,” he added.
Huber began his career in Puerto Rico holding a variety of positions at the Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino and the El San Juan Hotel & Casino. In 1989, Huber joined Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, where he held numerous director level positions at several Hyatt Hotels and resorts stateside and in Puerto Rico, including Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Park Hyatt on Santa Monica Beach, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, and Hyatt Regency Dallas, along with the island’s Hyatt Resorts, Cerromar Beach and Dorado Beach.
In 1998, Huber began a decade-long career at the Fairmont Dallas, followed by five years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as general manager of the Inn & Spa at Loretto, a 135-room boutique property. As general manager, Huber steered the property through a multimillion-dollar renovation to successfully restore the hotel. In addition to his experience leading boutique properties, Huber has worked with various leading hotel groups throughout the U.S. mainland. Most recently, Huber served as the general manager of the InterContinental Dallas, a position he held since 2013.
“The El San Juan Hotel was always the pride of Puerto Rico,” Huber said, adding, “To play such a vital part in the hotel’s restored glory is the high point of my career thus far.”
Huber received a BBA in business management from Inter American University in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, followed by postgraduate studies in hotel management at the Puerto Rico School of Hotel Administration, which at the time was a Cornell University Satellite. He is fluent in English, Spanish and German.