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Every room is a different color. Located in the 2200 block of Esplanade Avenue, we are a picturesque stroll to the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street in one direction, and to City Park and the art museum in the other. Ours is a fascinating neighborhood in a magical city. It's close enough to the action, but far enough out of the tourist bubble to get a good night's sleep and see another part of the city that a lot of visitors don't. It's nice here.
Colorful two room suite with private bath. Full-sized antique canopy bed, antique sewing table, antique wardrobe. Very private balcony overlooks back garden. Bath equipped with antique claw foot tub.
Spacious second-story, two room suite with private balcony overlooking Esplanade Ave through the oak trees that line the street. A mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. Queen bed. Private bath. Note: this suite no longer has an extra bed and can only accommodate two people in one queen sized bed.
Decorated to reflect love of France. Antique, ornately carved full-sized bed, wardrobe, and mirrored dresser. Fainting couch. Balcony overlooks the back gardens.
This first floor, two room suite features a queen sized, Egyptian-style bed, and a carved antique wardrobe among its antique furnishings. Private bath with antique claw foot tub. Front porch faces Gayarre Park across the street. The bed is draped with flowers and orginal floral paintings hang in the sitting room. Bedroom sitting room, and private bath with antique claw foot tub.
A spacious, second-floor, two-room suite. Antique full bed in the bedroom. Separate sitting room with antique couch and a writing desk. Private balcony overlooks Esplanade Avenue. Private bath with antique claw foot tub. Original artwork, statues of saints, and tribute to New Orleans football team..
5 on October 31, 2014
Thank you Matthew and Melanie for the Southern Hospitality! This review is long overdue- we spent our 10th anniversary with you all in March of 2013. As a testament to how good the stay was, I am writing the review because it was such a memorable and wonderful stay, I want others to know about it! Since we had lived in NOLA for some time but moved away due to work this was a city we know well. Even still you were incredibly helpful in making our stay so pleasant. The room was a delight. Sipping coffee in the morning on the balcony overlooking Esplanade was a simple joy that reminded me of my life in NOLA before the move. We loved the artwork in the rooms and the beautiful antique furnishings.
Thank you very much. We're now entering our third year as innkeepers. We've made some changes at La Belle since you were here, all for the better. It's a constant work in progress, but it's never dull. Come back anytime. We'll be happy to see you. Cheers! -M&M.
5 on October 27, 2014
We had four extravagant wonderful days in one of the best bed and breakfast we ever visited before. Matthew King and Melanie Schmitt are very friendly and remarkable. They gave us a lots of clues and tips what we can see in N.O.. They were really soliciting to us. We loved this staying and the living at La belle esplanade and now in German... W Der Aufenthalt in New Orleans war wunderschön. Die Zimmer sind mit viel Liebe zum Detail ausgestattet und eingerichtet. Eher gesagt, Matthew und Melanie führen dieses supertolle B&B mit sehr viel Herzblut und Charme. Wir werden die morgendlichen Spezialitäten und die ausführlichen Beschreibungen von Matthew mit nicht qualmender Zigarre missen... Herzlichen Dank Maria & Fabian
I read the English half, Melanie read the German half. It was our pleasure to have you stay with us. We're always honored when people choose our neighborhood over the noise and excitement of the French Quarter or the other, more touristy, districts. It was our pleasure to have you stay with us and we hope to see you again some day. Auf wiedersehen -M&M.
5 on October 25, 2014
I spent three nights here in Mid-October for a conference. I could have stayed at the conference hotel (a name brand chain hotel) but typically choose to stay some place else to give me a local feel to the cities I visit. Never been to NOLA before and LOVED my stay at La Belle Esplanade. It's far enough away from the touristy-ness of the French Quarter without being so far that you can have a nice leisurely stroll through historic parts of the city to all the tourist spots. Hop skip and a jump to the French Quarter and City Park. Melanie and Matthew are amazing. Genuinely love talking to guests and giving inside tips. And the breakfast in the morning is always a treat with locally made items to enjoy. Each room has a unique character to it and so, so sizable to make relaxing from a day of touring so much more an at-home experience. Definitely will come back next time I'm in town.
We love living in New Orleans, and the best part of our profession is being able to share that with the people who stay with us. Thanks for visiting. It was a pleasure to have you and to share adventures. Breakfast is the best part of our day because we get to talk with everyone and see the city through fresh eyes. Come back anytime, -M&M.
3.2 on October 20, 2014
I spent 3 nights in a suite at La Belle Esplanade. It was a perfect Stay. The home was warm, inviting Colorful and comfortable. The hosts were engaging, knowledgeable about what to see and do in New Orleans And a very pleasant couple. I would return anytime !
We try to keep up with everything that's going on in the city at any given time. We're not always successful, because there is so much happening at any given time. It's a city dense with texture and culture. Every neighborhood is different. It's a kaleidoscopic place. Come back anytime.
5 on October 19, 2014
A beautiful house, warm and caring hosts. Spacious and tastefully decorated rooms. An excellent breakfast. Thank you to Melanie and Matthew.
It's always a pleasure to be a New Orleans ambassador to people who are interested in learning more about the city we call home. We love living here and we love to share what we know. Come back anytime. You have at least two friends in New Orleans. Stay here long enough and you'll have many more. Cheers, -M&M.
4.8 on September 30, 2014
stayed for 2 nights. great hosts and accommodation. We had car and rode bikes, which made getting around easier. the house if Just a bit too far to walk to back and forward form the French district throughout the day.
It was a pleasure to have you stay with us. Ours is a quiet and picturesque street. At night, when it's lit up, it's enchanting. Some people take a taxi back from Frenchmen Street at night, $6-8 depending on where you start, less than 10 minutes ride. We look forward to seeing you again, -M&M.
4.8 on September 28, 2014
Gracious hosts, great location, extras galore and an historic New Orleans house. Close enough to the craziness, but in a quiet residential neighborhood. Public transit right at the front door. Pleasant walk to City Park and the trolley lines. We will definitely return here.
What we love about our neighborhood is that it's pure New Orleans, a world of its own, close to the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street, but distinct and discreet. We're pleased you got a taste of this magical city we call home and we hope you'll be back...sooner rather than later. There is still plenty more to discover, as you know. You've made two friends in New Orleans. With a handshake, -M&M
5 on August 05, 2014
Don't miss out on this gem if you think your not Bed & Breakfast types, this place is for people who love all things awesome!! Yes, the breakfast that everyone else talks about is great, but that's just the beginning. Everything in La Belle Esplanade has been put there with careful thought and love, by the thoughtful and lovely hosts Melanie & Matthew. They have created a place that becomes a big part of your experience in NOLA. They have taken the time to learn about anything you want to know about this great city. We can't wait to go back for a visit with them, and the city! Oh, and make sure you check out Matthew's front parlor of curiosities.
I just hung a 4'x6' painting in the lobby and bought a new display case. The whole inn is an evolving work in progress of which we're both very proud. We think it gets better the longer we're at this. We always think breakfast is the best part of the day because that's when we can sit down and talk. Come back anytime. With a handshake, -M&M
5 on July 30, 2014
New Orleans is all about hospitality. It is without a doubt the friendliest city we have ever visited. Nowhere is this more evident that at La Belle Esplanade. Matthew and Melanie are the perfect hosts. They not only made us feel immediately comfortable in their lovely B&B but also in the city itself. They encouraged us to explore the city and their suggestions led us to places we are sure many tourists never see. They take their inn keeping duties seriously and are out each day themselves exploring places and restaurants themselves. Breakfast, which was sourced from the neighborhood, was always interesting, delicious, and different every day. Each night, a fun treat like taffy from the Roman Candy Cart, was on the nightstand. As good as the food was, the conversations we had with our hosts as we lingered over breakfast were even better. This ranged from what we had seen the day before to what we might see that day to suggestions they had to whatever other topic came up. It truly was like hanging out with friends. We are especially appreciative of their packing us a breakfast that included delicious chicken empanadas to go, sitting over coffee, and calling us a taxi that last morning when we had such an early flight home.
I love it when we stumble across the Roman Candy Cart on our travels about the city. It means we'll have an extra treat for our guests. It tastes best fresh, and that's why we don't always have it. Thanks for visiting. It was a pleasure to have you in the inn, and we're looking forward to seeing you again, and starting up where the conversation left off. Cheers! -M&M
4.8 on July 16, 2014
Matthew & Melanie are asolutely lovely hosts of this super-nice B&B in Tremé. We loved staying in the Clio Suite, wished we could have stayed there a few more days. Wifi worked lite it should, comfy bed, good AC, nice beverages and great breakfast with locally sourced food. Only negative thing is that it is a bit far from most places you wanna go but the bus stop is right outside and cabs are quite cheap.
We recommend guests take the 91 bus to the Garden District because you get to see Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, which is going to be home to the Jazz Symphony and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum next year. It's a street undergoing a rejuvenation, as so much of New Orleans is, post-Katrina. In our neighborhood --- an oyster bar is opening this Sunday. Come back anytime. There's always something going on. Cheers! -M&M
Walking distance to French Quarter, City, Downtown
New Orleans, LA (MSY) 12 miles
Halfway between the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Esplanade Avenue exit on I-10 from the west, St. Bernard Ave. exit from the east, then follow Claiborne Avenue to Esplanade. Where Bayou Road crosses Esplanade Avenue.
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, French Quarter, Canal Street Car Line, City Park, Faubourg Marigny, Faubourg Treme, Back Street Cultural Center, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo
Bed and Breakfast
Board games, CD player, Clothes dryer, Copier, Desk, Parking, Private entrance, Telephone, Washer/dryer , Coffee maker, Secure parking, Local foods, Garden, Convenient location
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi
Bicycles, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Shopping, Sight-seeing
Matthew King and Melanie Schmitt
Two transplants to NOLA who are happy to share their experiences in a city like no other.
We visit farmers markets every week to get local jellies, jams and pickles from neighboring St. Bernard Parish. We visit local bakeries every day to get a fresh loaf of po' boy bread and pastries. We contract with local restaurants to serve their crawfish pies, alligator balls, muffalettas, empanadas, and red beans. A hearty NOLA breakfast every day. Take the leftover bread to feed the ducks in City Park.