La Belle Esplanade

2216 Esplanade Avenue , New Orleans, LA 70119 USA (Show map)

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About

We are not located in the French Quarter or the other places tourists "must see." We turn that to your advantage. We are close to most things, though, most tourist hot spots are an easy picturesque stroll nearby. 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. 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.

Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Could not rate highly enough Melanie and Matthew's hospitality

5 on August 04, 2015

We loved our four night stay at La Belle Esplanade in July and will come here again. Melanie and Matthew are incredibly passionate about New Orleans and they helped us enjoy more sites and tastes of New Orleans than what we could have hoped for. Each morning we were greeted by their enthusiasm to hear what we were thinking of doing and we listened to their stories and spot on advice for maximizing our brief stay. Thanks to their early morning excursions we got to sample local tastes that we wouldn't have easily found in a single restaurant, including maple and bacon donuts, crawfish pie, crab cakes, zucchini fritters, sausages, dark chocolate tarts, rosehip and gooseberry preserves to go with different local breads, cheeses and deli meats, fresh watermelon and cherries. Melanie and Matthew provide detailed information for appreciating the local area both in the written folder in our room and via the breakfast chats. We went off the beaten track because of their suggestions and got to appreciate a wider spectrum of New Orleans than just visiting the French Quarter. We thought the location was fantastic. New Orleans is obviously much more than the french quarter (though this is easily accessible). The location is historically and architecturally interesting and close to good restaurants and bars and we think gave us a deeper insight into how folk in NOLA live than the french quarter. Melanie and Matthew are wonderful ambassadors for New Orleans and we highly recommend staying at La Belle Esplanade. They will point you in the right direction for you.

Innkeeper Response
We try to be ambassadors to this magical city we call home and we invite our guests to poke around and explore outside the usual destinations they read about in the guidebooks. There are over 800 restaurants in New Orleans. If we haven't eaten in them all, we know something about most of them. There are little family-run neighborhoods museums we like to point out to people to learn more about what it is like to live here---the simmering gumbo pot of culture that is off the map. Thanks for staying with us. We hope you'll be back, sooner rather than later. There are plenty more things to share and to discuss together. Don't be strangers,--M&M.


The host with the most!

5 on May 29, 2015

Our hosts Matthew and Melanie were amazing. They truly cared that we had a great time in NOLA and showed us great places to go and see. Also, they have put together a cozy and wonderful B&B that was perfect in location and style. We will definitely come back to them whenever we stay in NOLA.

Innkeeper Response
If you are bored in New Orleans, it isn't the city's fault. You never know what you'll find when you turn a corner here. We try to steer you a little off the beaten path if you're interested in seeing what it is like to live here rather than just be a visitor. We enjoyed meeting you and sharing in your adventures. Come back anytime. -M&M.


Relaxed Getaway in New Orleans

4.2 on May 28, 2015

I highly recommend this B&B. Hosts are great, rooms are nice and the location is perfect.

Innkeeper Response
We love our neighborhood. We are not in the French Quarter, but it's a nice walk down there or to Frenchmen Street. Ours is a quiet and picturesque part of town that has some nationally famous restaurants nearby, neighborhood museums, and some local coffee shops, grocers and pharmacies. We love it here. Come back anytime. -M&M.


Wonderful stay

4.2 on May 18, 2015

We had a wonderful stay at La Belle. It is situated in a lovely , quieter part of town with very easy access to the busy and more livelier districts by taxi or bus . The hosts Matthew and Melanie were excellent with their generous hospitality, knowledge of the area and suggestions for things to do . The breakfasts were delicious with them sourcing lots of local delicacies. The house itself has a great local feel ,full of interesting stuff and bric a brac. I would highly recommend.

Innkeeper Response
We go out every morning to pick up what looks best at the local farmers' markets, delis, bakeries and restaurants. We try to give you a taste of the neighborhoods. During the day, we take our motor scooters around the city to try new things and to keep up with the many changes going on around town. Even when nothing is going on, something is going on in New Orleans. Don't be strangers! With a handshake, -M&M.


Treme-ndous BnB

4.2 on May 03, 2015

Great location, quiet but easy walking to French Quarter or City Park. Hosts Matthew and Melanie are terrific; full of information and local knowledge to make your stay just how you want it to be. Their attention to detail shows in everything from the decor of the house to the sourcing of the best of local produce for your breakfast.

Innkeeper Response
We live on a beautiful street and we are proud to be stewards of this historic property. Our real pride, though, is the chance to be goodwill ambassadors for our adopted city. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again. Cheers, -M&M.


off the beaten path b and b..

4.8 on April 12, 2015

Wonderful stay at this charming b and b. The rooms have interesting decor, certainly not typical. The location is great with easy walking access to a variety of neighborhoods. Would definitely encourage people to stay here for a flavor of the real Nola...

Innkeeper Response
Our goal is to introduce you to, and to explain, this unique city we call home. We love living in New Orleans. Nobody says their stay was too long. It's always the opposite. Come back soon. There's still plenty to explore and we look forward to seeing you again. Your stay was our pleasure. Cheers! -M&M.


Great New Orleans Find

4.6 on April 02, 2015

We could not have found a more perfect spot for our intro to New Orleans. The B&B is full of character, history and amusing touches. Matthew and Melanie are perfect hosts---exceptionally helpful and fun. Matthew seemed to intuitively appear when we could use some advice or a cab. The fantastic, constantly changing breakfast fare was a delight combined with our hosts totally engaging presence. We hope to return!!

Innkeeper Response
We're not on the property all the time, but I tend to putter about as the handyman who's all thumbs. For two weeks I've been meaning to replace the pump in the fountain in back, but it's my least favorite chore, mixing water with electricity. Maybe tomorrow... Thanks for staying with us. Good guests make good company. With a handshake, -M&M.


Fabulous find and a terrific B&B

5 on March 30, 2015

A perfect location midway between the French Quarter and City Park on a bus line that takes you just about anywhere you'd like to visit. Matthew and Melanie are perfect hosts, informed guides, great conversationalists and attentive to your needs. Breakfasts are outstanding with daily treats from local bakeries and small business vendors. I've recommended La Belle Esplanade to all my friends and I recommend a stay to those I don't know as well!

Innkeeper Response
We love our neighborhood because it is close enough to the things visitors like to see (and us, too), but it's in its own peaceful oasis, a little off the beaten track where you can feel what it's like to live in this magical city. Come back anytime. We'll be happy to see you. À votre santé, -M&M.


Warm and Caring Hospitality

5 on March 20, 2015

La Belle Esplanade is beautiful and beautifully furnished in a wonderful antique-New Orleans-eclectic, and is perfectly located. Hosts Matthew and Melanie make every aspect of a stay at La Belle Esplanade a delight. Breakfasts with them and with the other guests is a fun part of the stay and shows the caring consideration that Matthew and Melanie put into every detail. We enjoyed every moment there.

Innkeeper Response
We put a lot of work into the inn, and we're proud to be ambassadors for New Orleans. The inn is a constant work in progress as we strive to make it even more interesting. Thank you for staying with us. You made two friends in New Orleans. Cheers! -M&M.


Loved this great B&B

4.8 on March 15, 2015

We stayed 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed the whole New Orleans experience. Matthew and Melanie hosted us perfectly with some eclectic breakfasts helping us take the New Orleans journey each day. We walked from the house every day and walked some 30miles over two days. The walk down to Bourbon Street takes around 20 mins and is safe. The bed was probably the best we slept on during our three week trip and the suite fully stocked with everything we could imagine to need. Loved the sweets left on the bed and the well stocked tea and coffee offerings. If we are ever back in New Orleans we will certainly return.

Innkeeper Response
New Orleans is like a kaleidoscope. You never know what you'll find when you turn a corner. The best way to explore the city is on foot. It's full of details, as you learned. We hope to see you again, sooner rather than later. With a handshake, -M&M.


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Rooms & Rates

Pelican Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Clio Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

La France Suite

Two-room suite decorated to reflect love of France. Antique canopy bed, wardrobe, and mirrored dresser. Fainting couch. Balcony overlooks the back gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Les Fleurs Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Les Peches Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

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Location

Location Type

Walking distance to French Quarter, Downtown

Airport

New Orleans, LA (MSY) 12 miles

Directions to property:

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.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Copier, Desk, Parking, Private entrance, Telephone, Washer/dryer , Coffee maker, Secure parking, Local foods, Garden, Convenient location

Room amenities

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

On-site activities

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

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00-6:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 10:30 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking is allowed outdoors. Windows must be closed.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Steep staircases and antiques preclude small children.
  • Childcare Provided: No No children younger than 13 years of age.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Pets are not allowed.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-day stay required on weekends: Fri-Sat or Sat-Sun.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit of entire reservation required at time of reservation. Balance due at check-in.
  • Cancellations: See website for specific cancellation policies which vary by season and events taking place in New Orleans. Please provide an email address when making reservations.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Matthew King and Melanie Schmitt

Languages spoken

English, French, German

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Two transplants who are honored to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the magical city they now call home.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: Served 8:30-9:30AM
  • Serving Location: Balcony, Garden, Dining Room

Special meal options

Vegetarian , We work with our guests' needs.


Signature Dish

Local Specialties
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.