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If you want to know what it is like to live in New Orleans, rather than just visit the city, consider staying on Esplanade Avenue, in a beautiful neighborhood that has famous restaurants, local museums, and more details than any guidebook can tell you. We live on a beautiful street and our boutique, immersive inn is full of artwork and curiosities that will make you appreciate what it is like to enjoy a few days and nights like a New Orleanian. Nobody ever says their stay is too long---it is always the opposite. We are not located in the French Quarter, but we are about a 20 minute picturesque stroll from the Quarter. It's the same distance to City Park and the art museum in the other direction. Breakfast is seasonally curated based on the best things available in the city from local farmers' markets, bakeries and restaurants. It's a feast for the senses full of crawfish, local sausages, fresh fruits, crusty breads, local specialty pastries and whatever else catches our fancy. We don't place orders with the lady who makes our jellies and pickles, she just brings us what she thinks is best. Every morning is a surprise. Every morning is a delightful surprise, full of conversation, recommendations, and adventures shared. Every morning is eye-opening. Our coffee has chicory mixed into it, the way we drink it in New Orleans. Special diets accommodated when we are notified in advance. No worries. We're pretty easy-going.
4.0 on June 18, 2016
Having read others' reviews, my expectations were high and I was not disappointed. The innkeepers know their city and were very helpful as we made our plans each day. They also know their business. We felt very welcome and cared for. The rooms were very clean and well appointed. Breakfast was substantial and delicious, with something special and different each day! When I return to New Orleans, I will stay at La Belle Esplanade.
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for saying you'll stay with us again. We enjoy our profession and we're glad it shows. New Orleans is an amazing city like no place else we've ever lived. The next time you're here, you know where to find us. We're looking forward to picking up the conversation where we left off. Cheers! -M&M.
5 on June 06, 2016
Central (and gorgeous) location with comfortable and beautiful eclectic accommodations. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable proprietors with great taste in breakfast selections, unique for every day of the stay. Tons of recommendations for where to go, tailored for the kinds of experiences you value most. Don't miss this place!
We aren't licensed to cook on the premises so, instead, we go out to local neighborhood establishments: bakeries, delis, caterers, farmers' markets, and we pick out what we think will be interesting for our guests. This way, you get a taste of all the various parts of New Orleans that make this city such a wonderful place. Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us. We hope you'll be back to see us again so that we can pick up our morning conversations right where we left off. Cheers! -M&M.
5 on June 05, 2016
Melanie and Matthew were wonderful and gracious hosts. Thank you for making our in New Orleans such a beautiful time. We look forward to come in again.
It was our pleasure to share our bit of this magical city with you and to share in your adventures around town. There is no place else like New Orleans. We do hope you'll be back to see us. There is always more to discover in New Orleans. Always. Don't you two be strangers, -M&M.
5 on May 28, 2016
Melanie and Matthew are excellent tour guides and the gracious hosts. We can't praise them enough and the wonderful gem that is La Belle Esplanade. Thank you so much for a grand time.
Thank you. We know a lot about the city, not just our neighborhood, but all of them, and all the history and all the different social sciences that make up academically knowing a place. Then, we also know the culture. We love it here and we hope that our enthusiasm for all things New Orleans comes through. That's what we try to share. Please come back to see us anytime. There is always more to discover here. Cheers! -M&M.
5 on May 15, 2016
La Belle is set apart from other B&Bs, not by the beautiful, historic neighborhood centered halfway between the French Quarter and City Park.....La Belle is unique because the engaging hosts, Melanie and Matthew, pay attention to detail, and more importantly take a personal interest in their guests. So while my stay in the spacious, delightful Pelican Suite was comfortable, it was the handwritten notes before and !fter my visit and the warm conversations throughout the days that made my visit most memorable. Yes, Melanie and Matthew, you indeed made a friend. With a hug.
When we started as innkeepers neither of us had a background in hospitality. Not in the professional sense, at least. We both knew how to be hospitable to friends and family. Maybe that's an asset. We enjoy meeting new people, talking about the city and what interests them, and sharing what we know about New Orleans culture. New Orleans really is an amazing place. We're glad you chose to experience it with us. Come back anytime, -M&M.
5 on April 10, 2016
Matthew and Melanie were amazing hosts and fabulous ambassadors to New Orleans.
We see our profession as not only being innkeepers but also being goodwill ambassadors for this wonderful city we call home. This review is short and to the point, so my response will be the same: Thanks for staying with us and don't be strangers in the future. With a handshake, -M&M.
5 on April 08, 2016
Stop looking for other places and stay with Matthew & Melanie at La Belle Esplanade. In a beautiful section away from the noise of the quarter, La Belle was amazing. From Matthew's well chosen breakfast choices to daily conversations with other guests & great recommendations for sight seeing. We stayed 5 nights and wished we had booked on longer. Our hosts were very well versed in the culture, atmosphere & must sees. Stay here and let them make you feel right at home & this B&B. Looking forward to our next trip Gregg & Richard
You two were a pleasure to meet and to have stay with us. We do hope to see you again in December. We love our part of the city---it's close to the things you know about New Orleans, but it's in the heart of many delightful things you won't know until you get here. It's a city full of surprises. We look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers! -M&M
5 on April 04, 2016
Our first visit to New Orleans and La Belle Esplanade was the perfect choice for our 5-night stay. As others have said, Matthew and Melanie are charming, knowledgeable hosts. We looked forward to breakfast each morning to see what delectable plates Matthew discovered prowling local sources. We stayed in the Clio Suite on the second floor, literally a "home-away-from-home", spacious and welcoming with period furnishings, fridge, snacks, hot pot, and balcony overlooking Esplanade Avenue. With the trees leafing out, it felt like a tree house. Very convenient location; no need for a car. Just steps from the bus stops and easy walking to the French Quarter and City Park/Museum/Botanical and Sculpture Gardens. If you are planning a trip to New Orleans, stay here! Steve and Marlayn Riley, Ventura, California P.S. Outstanding Rating. Computer refused to activate the "Outstanding" button.
Thank you very much for sharing your experience. You made the most of your stay in the house, and it's always nice to see people enjoying the balcony. It really is it's own world up there. We hope you'll come to New Orleans again. You know where to find us. -Cheers! -M&M.
5 on April 02, 2016
We loved our stay at La Belle Esplanade and have been homesick for New Orleans ever since our departure. The location was absolutely ideal, just outside the French Quarter. Matthew and Melanie are charming, warm hosts who give great advice on how to experience the best the city has to offer. Our room was delightful, the breakfasts delicious. We adored our time and can't wait to return!
Our inn is your home while you are here. You can't cook here, but otherwise you should feel comfortable coming and going and you should sleep well. Ours is a quiet city neighborhood. We are close to the French Quarter, but a world apart. We hope you'll be back to see us. We can pick up the conversation where we left off. With a handshake, -M&M.
5 on March 30, 2016
Fantastic hosts. Matthew and Melanie provided not only excellent suggestions for restaurants, music venues, and sightseeing but also made my husband's birthday extra special with a surprise additional wine and cookies gift left in our room. Our suite (Les Peches) was spacious and extremely comfortable, stocked with snacks, welcoming bottle of wine, juices in the refrigerator and tea/coffee maker. Breakfasts are incredible; you start each morning with an authentic New Orleans culinary adventure as Matthew purchases breads, pastries and a side dish (for example shrimp and grits) to accompany the cheese and cold cuts. I must also mention that they serve the best coffee we had anywhere in NOLA!! The location is very good; an easy 20 minute walk to touristy French Quarter or up to City Park (great Art Museum and gardens as well as beignets at Morning Call). Bus line within a block to take cross town. We also used Uber which worked well when tired though do walk to see all the amazing houses. Highly recommend staying here for an authentic and most pleasant relaxing holiday
We aren't licensed to cook ourselves so we don't. Instead, we go to various neighborhood shops and pick up what we think will be interesting. You get a taste of all the various flavors New Orleans has to offer. It's not all fried oysters and pralines, you know. I pick up the bread and the pasty every morning, but it's Melanie who does the real work in the kitchen, curating the whole meal into a satisfying whole. Thank you for staying with us. When will you be back? We hope it will be sooner rather than later. Cheers! -M&M.
Colorful two-room suite with private bath. Full-sized antique canopy bed, antique sewing table, antique wardrobe. Very private balcony overlooks Treme nieghborhood. Bath equipped with antique claw foot tub with showerhead.
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 has antique claw foot tub equipped with showerhead.
Two-room suite decorated to reflect love of France. Antique canopy bed, wardrobe, and mirrored dresser. Fainting couch. Balcony overlooks the back gardens.
This first floor, two-room suite features a queen bed. Private bath with antique claw foot tub equipped with showerhead. Front porch faces Gayarre Park across the street. Original and unique artwork in the sitting room which has a leather couch and armchair.
A spacious, second-floor, two-room suite. Queen bed. Separate sitting room with antique couch and a writing desk. Private balcony overlooks Esplanade Avenue. Private bath with antique claw foot tub equipped with shower.
Walking distance to French Quarter, 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
Board games, CD player, 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, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet
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
Vegetarian , We work with our guests' needs.
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.