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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.
5 on December 04, 2014
What a colorful gem we found in this New Orleans B&B. It is the middle of three brightly colored older homes on the Esplanade – a grand old, divided street. We stayed in the Las Fleurs room on the first floor, with a living room and sleeping area that could be closed off with sliding doors. The claw foot tub was perfect for relaxing, the large wooden-framed bed dramatic for sleeping, and the front porch/deck perfect to enjoy the street scenes. The room had all the amenities, including a refrigerator with complimentary beer! The welcome sherry and surprising evening treats on our pillows were delightful. What really stood out for us was the service and spirit of this place. Each morning Matthew hops on his motor scooter to scour local specialty shops for true tastes of New Orleans, bringing back fresh breads, special cheeses, crab cakes one morning, pastries, or local jams and spreads. He describes his culinary sources and choices to guests each morning and then subtly orchestrates gentile conversation among inn guests. While reluctant at first to converse before sufficient morning coffee, we loved the ensuing conversations with diverse guests and both hosts. True inn spirit! The location turned out to be perfect for our convention center conference. Cabs were readily available for the short ride, but we loved the walks and streetcar routes that our hosts suggested. We enjoyed the stroll down the Esplanade with its fabulous old mansions to the streetcar running along the waterfront right to the convention center. On other mornings, we walked through the homes in the French quarter to soak up the ambiance on the way to the convention center. Having been to New Orleans multiple times to visit, our stay at La Belle Esplanade gave us a tiny taste of what it meant to live there. The location gave us an opportunity to explore new neighborhoods, parks, local restaurants, and shops. We’ll be back!
We hope you'll be back. We're glad you enjoyed our little slice of New Orleans and got a taste of what it's like to live in this magical city. The inn is your home while you're here. You don't need a convention to come here, you know. We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers! -M&M
5 on December 04, 2014
Elegant yet comfortable rooms with updated amenities. The conversation and food at breakfast is spirited, eclectic, and a lively start to your day. Easy to walk to the quarter, or cabs come to door after call within 10 minutes.
Our favorite part of the day is breakfast, showcasing foods from around the city and passing the time in good conversation. Come back anytime. Cheers! -M&M.
4.6 on November 28, 2014
Uncanny attention and care by the Owners to their Customers!. Outstanding service and quality of food served! Bravo and Merci
Thanks for writing. As you know, we take pride in being professional innkeepers. It's a career we never planned, but we've taken to it quite nicely. We hope to see you again the next time you visit our city. À votre santé, -M&M.
5 on November 26, 2014
My wife and I flew in on Friday and left Sunday... our trip was too short! Matthew and Melanie are great hosts and do a great job of pointing out less-touristy destinations. The French quarter is a little over a mile away (nice walk) and city park is about 1.5 miles in the other direction. We loved being in between these two areas. We are grateful for the hospitality and highly recommend staying here.
Thanks for sharing. We really enjoyed you staying with us for this too short a time, but it was nice to see you getting into adventures in the neighborhood. We hope to see you two again soon. With a handshake, M&M
5 on November 24, 2014
We wanted a little bit of touristy adventures and we wanted to know what it really feels like to be in New Orleans. That is exactly what we got. The room was grande and cozy. The breakfast environment was more like spending a morning with friends. And, Matthew and Melanie's knowledge of New Orleans helped us enjoy an authentic experience. When I return for another visit I will only go if I can stay at La Belle Esplanade.
Ours is a real neighborhood, close enough to the action in the French Quarter but in a world of it's own, with it's own attractions and diversions. We're glad you found us and we look forward to seeing you again. Don't be strangers. With a handshake, -M&M
4.6 on November 14, 2014
The only thing that worried me was the shower. My husband is 77 and I would not have wanted him in that bath tub. I was nervous getting out of it at 54. Loved socializing with the owners! Awesome people! Food excellent! I have been to NOLA 2 times before and stayed at the Sheraton. This was by far my best visit! Gave me the true flavor of NOLA! Would recommend it to anyone!
We've debated exchanging the antique claw foot tub in Les Fleurs Suite that houses the shower but it's a nice place to take a bath. A difficult tradeoff. It was our pleasure to have your family stay with us for this momentous event and we're glad we could play our part. Come back anytime and we'll pick up the conversation where we left off. Cheers! -M&M
5 on November 13, 2014
Matthew and Melanie were fantastic hosts, so friendly and helpful in their advice. They both sat down with us for a good hour when we arrived, sharing valuable info about NOLA. A very relaxed place to stay - a B&B that doesn't take itself too seriously. Breakfasts were interesting and delicious. The location, though a bit away from the main action downtown, is easy to get to, either by bus (free if you are lucky enough to be over 65), or walking. It is close to some good restaurants and the park and Art Museum.
Nobody is ever in a rush here, probably because it's always pleasant in New Orleans. We love our neighborhood and we're glad you did, too. Come back anytime. We'll be waiting for you. Cheers, -M&M.
5 on November 05, 2014
My wife and I stayed at the b&b for three nights. As frequent travelers I would say this is maybe one of the best places I have ever stayed. We found the neighborhood to be quite safe- we walked home from the French Quarter late at night every night we were there never feeling at risk. We were pleasantly surprised at how central it was to were we wanted to go.
We love our neighborhood. Even after living here four years, we never get tired of its many details. We live on a beautiful street. Thanks for writing. We're looking forward to seeing you again. Next time, stay a little longer! Cheers, -M&M.
5 on November 02, 2014
Great location, great hosts, great facilities, great breakfast
Short and to the point. Thanks for sharing. We're looking forward to your next visit. With a handshake, -M&M.
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.
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..
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.