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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.
4.4 on February 05, 2016
Matthew and Melanie are pleasant hosts. Our breakfast conversations were not only delightful but full of information about New Orleans. They have wonderful suggestions for sights and eating establishments. They directed us to so much more of New Orleans than just the well known French Quarter. This was our second stay at La Belle Esplande and we will definitely stay there again on our next visit to New Orleans.
It's always nice to see people again. Thank you for making us your headquarters for a second year in a row. Now you've gotten a taste of Mardi Gras as well as New Orleans when it is relatively normal. I say relatively because, as you know, there is no place else like New Orleans. Don't be strangers. We're looking forward to catching up the next time you are here. -M&M.
4.0 on January 18, 2016
We really enjoyed our stay, Matthew and Melanie were great hosts. Made great recommendations about restaurants, where to walk and not and keep a wonderful B&B. We will happily return to La Belle Esplanade!
Did you know New Orleans was the 3rd-most expensive city for New Year's Eve this year? New York and Miami were the top two. People love to visit our city for the big holidays but it's much less expensive when there's nothing going on. In New Orleans, of course, every day is a celebration, even if other people don't know about it. It was our pleasure to share our city with you both. Come when it isn't New Year's Eve and you'll get a very different impression of New Orleans; the city changes character with the seasons. There is no place else like New Orleans. Cheers! -M&M.
4.6 on January 06, 2016
I can't really think of a better way to put this - you simply need to stay at La Belle Esplanade when you visit New Orleans! There are so many plus points to this B&B: it's within walking distance of both the French Quarter in one direction and City Park in the other so not too far away from anything and you don't stay in the sometimes overly touristy French Quarter, the rooms are ALL fabulous (reception hall, breakfast room, bedroom), there's a really friendly and totally relaxed feel to staying here, the breakfast is superb and the advice and conversation from our hosts Matthew and Melanie was spot on.
We always try to curate breakfast to make it interesting for our guests and to give them a sample of the various parts of New Orleans culture. Even when guests have some dietary restrictions, we strive to make breakfast interesting---not just the food but also the conversation. Thank you for staying with us. We enjoyed our time together and we hope to see you again soon. With a handshake, -M&M.
4.0 on January 03, 2016
La Belle Esplanade is situated in the heart of what was and is Creole New Orleans, walking distance to the French Quarter, the jazz clubs on Frenchman Street and the various attractions in the City Park. This is a real neighborhood away from the tourist hubbub. Matthew and Melanie are fantastic hosts. They get to know each guest and help each one get the most out of their visit by sharing their local knowledge. I recommend La Belle Esplanade to anyone seeking an authentic New Orleans experience.
"Creole Reality." I like that. There's a difference between Creole and Cajun and we live in a very Creole part of New Orleans. We're happy to have had a chance to share what's in our neighborhood and we are looking forward to seeing you again. There is always something to discover here. With a handshake, -M&M.
4.8 on December 21, 2015
Stayed there for my Birthday, loved every minute of it. I will avoid the Motels and Hotels from here on out.
So, we made a convert out of you, eh? We really enjoyed your company and we hope you'll be back again for another birthday, or any occasion---or no occasion at all for that matter. Every day in New Orleans is a reason to celebrate. Cheers! -M&M.
5 on December 05, 2015
La Belle Esplanade was just delightful in every way! Our room was spacious and playfully decorated, the breakfast is composed of delicacies chosen by our host from local purveyors and there was a claw foot tub for a relaxing soak! The location is perfect: not far from the French Quarter, but outside of the fray. Easy to get to City Park and other destinations. I highly recommend!
Those antique bath tubs were designed for relaxing. They're old fashioned, but sometimes the old ways are best. Because they're cast iron, they hold the heat a bit longer. Anyhow, thank you very much for staying with us. We certainly enjoyed our time together and we hope to see you again. Cheers, -M&M.
4.6 on November 30, 2015
We absolutely loved our stay at La Belle Esplanade. It is a great property in a very interesting neighborhood. Walked almost everywhere we went, except for the tours we took. We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast each morning with our hosts, Had great conversations. Matthew and Melanie provided us with great information about what to do and where to go that made our trip really memorable. Of course we could have stayed another week to take in so much more of the rich history and fun. We will go back and hopefully stay at La Belle Esplanade again.
Nobody ever says their stay is too long. There is so much to see and to do in New Orleans that if you're bored, it isn't the city's fault. We've lived here for almost 6 years and we aren't bored yet. Come back anytime. We'll forward to sharing more. Cheers! -M&M.
5 on November 22, 2015
Hosts we amazing people, spending time talking with guests and give ideas of where to go and where to eat in New Orleans.
You guys were really a pleasure to introduce to the city. It was too brief, but we understand you had other places to see. The next time you come to the States, though, you know where to find us. We're looking forward to it. With a handshake, -M&M.
5 on November 11, 2015
Wonderful B&B on Esplanade just above the Quarter. Spacious, well appointed rooms, delectable breakfast and delightful hosts. Matthew and Melanie are lovely and great ambassors for NOLA. They have much to share about neighborhood history, activities, restaurants, etc. La Belle Esplanade is convenient to public transport and close walking distance to area sights. We so enjoyed our stay and look forward to our return.
Somebody recently described our location as being not in the French Quarter and that makes it better. We are close to the Quarter and other tourist destinations, but we are located in a real neighborhood. You got a taste of what it is like to live in New Orleans, our part of it in particular. We love where we live and we love to share what we know. Come back anytime. You made two friends here. Cheers! -M&M.
5 on November 09, 2015
Perfect from the first greeting to the final goodbye. This b&b has wonderful hosts, beautiful house, great location, fabulous food. Small touches everywhere that made the whole stay perfection. Would highly recommend & would definitely stay again.
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.