Living Luxury: Bernard Lackner

Bernard Lackner


Bernard Lackner, general manager of New York’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée, knows a thing or two about taste. As the leader of one of Manhattan’s top hotels, understanding the best of the best and where to find it is a vital part of the job. A Hamburg, Germany native, Lackner was born into a family of hoteliers. Here, he shares with Luxury Travel Advisor just some of his must-have things in life and favorite places.

Vacation spot:  St. Barts.

Favorite Hotel (not your own): Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg.

Top New York hot spot (not your own): Bagatelle in the Meatpacking District.

First Travel Memory: The island of Sylt, two hours north of Hamburg. I remember the spectacular beach during the day and the water completely disappearing in the evening.

Car Crush: Vintage model Mercedes-Benz 300SL convertible.

Restaurant: Manhattan’s Le Bilboquet (try the Cajun chicken).

Watch: Hamilton.

Mobile phone: BlackBerry Curve.

Music/Bands: Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett.

Laptop: Mac.

Suit: Whitcomb & Shaftesbury.

Bottle of wine: A 1982 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.

Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

Cologne: Bulgari.

Hobbies: Tennis, golf, classical music and politics.

Collection of Items: Old wines and spiritual books.

Suggested Articles:

Sansiveri will be based in New York City and responsible for sourcing, developing and account managing the business for the East Coast. More here.

Unexpected experiences and milestone celebrations are the travel trends to watch for 2020, according to Virtuoso’s latest Luxe Report. Here’s a look.

The U.K. and the European Union (E.U.) have reached another Brexit deal, which must now be approved by the U.K. and E.U. Parliaments. More here.