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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 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.
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.
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.