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La Belle Esplanade

2216 Esplanade Avenue , New Orleans, LA 70119 USA (Show map)
4.8
50 Reviews
$159 - $239
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We’re a five-suite B&B located on the second-most beautiful street in New Orleans. Our neighborhood is full of history, but there aren't a lot of signs to explain it. It's just very interesting, full of details. We live in a back part of town that is part of of Tremé, Mid-City, the 6th Ward, and Esplanade Ridge. Most people say it’s just Esplanade Avenue, a place unique unto itself. It really is beautiful. We live within walking distance of the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street. We also live withing walking distance of City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art. The best fried chicken restaurant in America is six blocks behind our house. It’s not the French Quarter, it's just a neighborhood reasonably close the Quarter. You'll get a good night's sleep. We run a five-suite boutique operation in a colorful house. Every room is a different color. We live in a kind of landmark. All day long, tour buses pause in front of our inn so people can take pictures. The houses are beautiful. If you're like most of our guests, you’ll leave with a few pictures yourself, and good memories, too.

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 back garden. Bath equipped with antique claw foot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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. Note: this suite no longer has an extra bed and can only accommodate two people in one queen sized bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

La France Suite

Decorated to reflect love of France. Antique, ornately carved full-sized bed, wardrobe, and mirrored dresser. Fainting couch. Balcony overlooks the back gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Les Fleurs Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Saints Suite

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..

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Services4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.7

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July visit to La Belle Esplanade

5 on July 30, 2014

New Orleans is all about hospitality. It is without a doubt the friendliest city we have ever visited. Nowhere is this more evident that at La Belle Esplanade. Matthew and Melanie are the perfect hosts. They not only made us feel immediately comfortable in their lovely B&B but also in the city itself. They encouraged us to explore the city and their suggestions led us to places we are sure many tourists never see. They take their inn keeping duties seriously and are out each day themselves exploring places and restaurants themselves. Breakfast, which was sourced from the neighborhood, was always interesting, delicious, and different every day. Each night, a fun treat like taffy from the Roman Candy Cart, was on the nightstand. As good as the food was, the conversations we had with our hosts as we lingered over breakfast were even better. This ranged from what we had seen the day before to what we might see that day to suggestions they had to whatever other topic came up. It truly was like hanging out with friends. We are especially appreciative of their packing us a breakfast that included delicious chicken empanadas to go, sitting over coffee, and calling us a taxi that last morning when we had such an early flight home.


Absolutely lovely place in Tremé

4.8 on July 16, 2014

Matthew & Melanie are asolutely lovely hosts of this super-nice B&B in Tremé. We loved staying in the Clio Suite, wished we could have stayed there a few more days. Wifi worked lite it should, comfy bed, good AC, nice beverages and great breakfast with locally sourced food. Only negative thing is that it is a bit far from most places you wanna go but the bus stop is right outside and cabs are quite cheap.

Innkeeper Response
We recommend guests take the 91 bus to the Garden District because you get to see Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, which is going to be home to the Jazz Symphony and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum next year. It's a street undergoing a rejuvenation, as so much of New Orleans is, post-Katrina. In our neighborhood --- an oyster bar is opening this Sunday. Come back anytime. There's always something going on. Cheers! -M&M


Fantastic short stay

5 on July 14, 2014

My lovely wife and I stayed for just two nights for a short weekend getaway to New Orleans a few weeks ago. Our experience was nothing short of fantastic. From the moment we arrived Matthew and Melanie were incredibly friendly and welcoming. Our room was the Saints suite, which has two large rooms, an antique canopy bed and a wonderful balcony with a cool vertically sliding window to get out to it. The place is in the Treme area, which is full of beautiful, very old homes. We spent quite a bit of time walking around the area checking them out. There's a cool older cemetery about 15 minutes up the street, and a little farther past that is City Park. There are some wonderful cafes and local restaurants that Matthew recommended, which were fantastic. We always felt safe, even walking around at night. Breakfast is not your typical B&B fare, but the best of local breads, pastries, cheeses, fruits and other wonderful foods. One morning Melanie served us the best crab cakes I've ever had, the previous morning we enjoyed a variety of delicious, locally made sausage. There was a Vietnamese pastry that was one of the tastiest things I've ever had. The coffee with chicory had me going for a second and third cup - and I gave up coffee three years ago! If you're looking to party all night in the French Quarter and stagger back to your room this is probably not the best place for you. If you're looking to experience the local culture, see some things off the beaten path and do the non-touristy things, but still be close to everything, you'll love it. The location is equal walking distance to the Quarter and some of the cool local places in the Treme area (Lil Dizzy's, Willie Mae's Scotch House). It takes about a half hour to walk to Bourboun street, and about that far to City Park. Our two days there were only enough to get a taste of the area but we'll definitely be back, and will be staying here again without question.

Innkeeper Response
Someone recently said that we curate breakfast, and we like the sound of that. We try to present different flavors of the city and it's neighborhoods. Everything is creolized in time, but there's more to New Orleans cuisine than just red beans and crawfish... of course there is always room for those, too. Come back anytime, -M&M


Extraordinaire!

5 on June 22, 2014

What a gem! This bed and breakfast in is in the Treme area of New Orleans and is absolutely delightful. The innkeepers, Matthew and Melanie are quite knowledgable about the city. We incorporated some of their suggestions into our visit and we had a lovely visit. The breakfasts are interesting too. All the products come from local vendors, bakers, and markets and Matthew and Melanie are able to give a history of what the item is and who makes it. I have been to New Orleans several times and this was my most delightful stay. The rooms were spacious and clean and decorated with lovely antiques of the area. And COLORFUL! Like New Orleans!

Innkeeper Response
Good guests make good company. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we hope you'll visit with us again. You have two friends in New Orleans. -M&M


A Brand New NOLA Experience

5 on June 21, 2014

It's been two weeks now since we stayed in New Orleans at La Belle Esplanade, and we haven't stopped talking and thinking about our visit. Time to write a little bit for the others who may be considering a trip. For the B&B, I will simply echo the great things people share about it. The house is a beautiful structure in the unique style found in the Treme neighborhood. The colorful suites are charmingly appointed with antiques and artwork, many of the porcelain facilities have nearly a century of reliable service. The spaciousness of the rooms extends in three dimensions with 12 foot ceilings, our antique bed had a brand-new mattress, and the air-conditioning worked great! It is not the Ritz; La Belle Esplanade has much more authentic class. (If your heart is set on the plush modern comforts of the Ritz--and who can blame you--then La Belle Esplanade might feature more authenticity than you are looking for.) At breakfast, which is procured fresh each morning from local merchants, along with freshly brewed chicory coffee and juices, we discovered why we chose La Belle Esplanade. Our hosts Melanie and Matthew, who live in the house next door, showed us warm hospitality and an eagerness to open up the city and its neighborhoods. We enjoyed listening to their detailed descriptions and generous opinions about various opportunities we might attempt in the day ahead, and we were more than pleased with the recommendations we followed for dining, entertainment, and an increase in our cultural knowledge of New Orleans.

Innkeeper Response
We love our neighborhood and it always makes us happy when other people fall in love, too. There aren't too tourists, so there aren't (m)any signs to explain things, but it's very rewarding to poke around. Come back anytime. Cheers, -M&M


What?

4.8 on June 03, 2014

Convenient location near the quarter, but not in the quarter. House and furnishings are antique and authentic. Hosts are outstanding.

Innkeeper Response
This is the best review I've read in a long time just for the title. Thanks. -M&M


Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler at La Belle Esplanade

5 on June 02, 2014

My husband and I just completed our first trip to New Orleans. We travel a lot, and seek out B and B's that are historical and inclined to vintage. This time we went for historical, vintage, and eclectic! And are we glad we did! We had an early arrival in New Orleans, but as our cab pulled up, Matthew came right out to greet us. After helping haul our luggage in, he immediately pulled out a map and showed us the lay of the land. He had wonderful suggestions for seeing the city that aren't always highlighted in the travel guides...a quaint local museum, neighborhood parades, and close-by restaurants with delicious food. Then he showed us our room...we chose Clio with its raspberry walls and purple ceiling in the large bedroom, and bright green walls in the spacious sitting room. there was a private balcony where we sat and watched the comings-and-goings on Esplanade Avenue. The bed was comfy, and the sitting room was perfect for planning our days and unwinding at night. Each morning, we were treated to local specialties, with Matthew giving a daily "tour" of the savory selections that they had collected the evening before or that morning. We had pickled quail eggs, doughnuts baked by two cops, jams and jellies prepared by sweet local ladies, local sausage and cheeses, indigenous fruits, and freshly baked breads My favorite was the olive salad served on fresh zucchini patties....mmm-mmm! Matthew and Melissa are the consummate hosts. They gave us their phone numbers should we need to reach them during the day, and they were available personally each morning to answer questions and offer suggestions. This transplanted couple could not be more proud of, or awed by, their adopted city; and they are well versed in every aspect of it. Over breakfast, we had long, interesting discussions of the culture and traditions of New Orleans, and we left there feeling that we had made two dear friends. We wouldn't stay anywhere else in New Orleans.

Innkeeper Response
We're proud of all we've accomplished since we became innkeepers. It's a very rewarding profession and one we enjoy. We hope we'll see again the next time you come to New Orleans. Cheers, -M&M


"Home Away From Home"

4.2 on May 28, 2014

Me and my Wife really enjoyed our stay at this B&B. The Hosts were not only very welcoming but very knowledgeable about the city and gave us many options on where we could visit during our stay. We were greeted on our arrivial and were taken on a tour of this beautiful property. Everything is exactly how pictured and is a sight for sore eyes. The room was very cozy and comfortable, and breakfast was a delight due to good food as well as company. We shared lots of laughs as well as history with Matthew & Melanie. It also was a plus that they were native New Englanders which made us feel at home even more. They gave us everything we needed to know, the best places to dine, must sight sees, and made our trip have long lasting memories. Even the couple of rainy days didn't stop us from having a great time and there kind, positive, respectful spirits made it worth it. I would recommend this place to anyone who's looking for a safe, relaxed, getaway while you explore the "Amazing" City of New Orleans!


Best place for first time stay in New Orleans

4.6 on May 23, 2014

From the minute you walk in Matthew and Melanie make you feel welcome. They ask you what your plans are for the day and they give you a map showing you how to get there. They make sure you know how to reach them if there is a problem (we had none), but also let you enjoy your stay. You never feel as if someone is watching you and even the way the rooms are split (2 up our stairway and 2 up the other), you feel as if you almost have the house to yourself. La Belle is halfway between the French Quarter and City Park. About 10 minutes for us to get to either one (although we really didn't clock it. The houses are so wonderful to look at that we didn't care about the walk). We chose the pelican room. The bed is a full size antique bed, my husband is 6' and we are both "average size" and we fit just fine. Also, the mattress was very comfortable. There is a small refrigerator with some beverages in it that we were welcome to and there were candies on our bed every evening. In the morning, they serve breakfast from 8:30-9:30. If you need to be somewhere earlier, they are accommodating, just let them know. Breakfast here is like a mini food tour and my husband an I thoroughly enjoyed it. They get most of the foods from local shops/ markets and you get mini stories with the items. They support local businesses and give you a taste of New Orleans at the same time. We asked about tours and they gave great suggestions (Friends of the Cabildo for French Quarter and Free tours by foot for Garden District). We asked for restaurant suggestions based on what we wanted and/or what area of town we were going to be in and they hit it spot on. A BIG thank you to Matthew and Melanie for making our first trip to New Orleans so enjoyable. We genuinely believe we would not have had such a great time without them!


Comfort, Convenience, Charm

5 on April 26, 2014

These qualities were what we were looking for in our NOLA stay and we found the three C's in La Belle Esplanade. Melanie and Matthew were charming hosts offering helpful insights about the city as they hosted simple morning repasts that tided us over till the feasting began later on. Comfy beds, spacious, well-appointed suites and a short walk to the epicenter of NOLA action.


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Location

Location Type

Walking distance to French Quarter, City, Downtown

Airport

New Orleans, LA (MSY) 12 miles

Directions to property:

Take I-10 to Esplanade Avenue Exit, turn left right after exit. Approximately seven blocks. The bright orange house with blue shutters on the left side of the street where Bayou Road crosses Esplanade after N. Miro Street (second light).

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

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fridge, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

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: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Steep staircases and antiques preclude small children.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Pets are not allowed.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-day stay required on weekends: Fri-Sat or Sat-Sun.
  • 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, German

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Two transplants to NOLA who are happy to share their experiences in a city like no other.

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Meals

Breakfast

Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 7:30-10 weekday, 8-10 weekend
  • Serving Location: Balcony, Garden, Dining Room

Special meal options

Vegetarian


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.


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

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