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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.
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.
5 on October 26, 2015
Beautiful rooms, Melanie and Matthew and so knowledgeable, helpful and thoughtful. Nothing is too much trouble. Breakfast is amazing, well worth a visit.
5 on October 22, 2015
We booked this B&B in New Orleans for our honeymoon after the strength of the reviews online - and I have to say, the real thing exceeded our expectations. Matthew and Melanie are the most fantastic hosts who really made our trip as special as possible. From thoughtful notes and treats left in our room, to excellent, personalised recommendations for activities and restaurants, to just sharing a drink and a great chat on the porch - I cannot fault their hospitality. Our only sadness was not being able to stay in their fantastic city for longer! If you want to go to New Orleans, and really get a taste of everything the city has to offer - beyond the French Quarter - then I cannot recommend La Belle Esplanade enough. Delicious breakfasts, beautiful rooms and two hosts who will point you in the direction of all kinds of adventures. Just the best! Shelley Hughes
In New Orleans, we say, "Dance like nobody is watching." You went out and had some real New Orleans adventures, tasting what the city has to offer in food, music and culture. Imagine what it's like to live here. That's what we try to share. We love where we live. New Orleans is like nowhere else on earth and we find our neighborhood especially special. We hope to see you for an anniversary re-visit. Cheers! -M&M.
5 on October 19, 2015
Glenn & I loved this place. Matthew and Melanie made us feel welcome and we're just wonderful. Beautiful neighborhood & stunning home. I highly recommend!
When you fall in love with New Orleans, the city loves you back just as much in return. Thank you for staying with us and falling in love with New Orleans. We hope you'll be back some day. Nobody ever says their visit is too long---there is always something else to discover. With a handshake, -M&M.
4.8 on October 19, 2015
My husband and I just returned from a 5 day trip to New Orleans and stayed at La Belle Esplanade. I named it Excellente because of the terrific owners, Matthew King and Melanie Schmitt. They made our vacation remarkable because of all the terrific suggestions they gave us for things to do, restaurants, places to see and even helped me with a back problem that occurred on our second day. The breakfasts they put out at La Belle are just what we prefer. They choose different things every day from their local bakeries, butchers, grocers, etc. In addition, they always have fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and juices. Instead of being groggy from a heavy breakfast, we were energized and ready to go. We also looked forward to seeing which hat Matthew would wear every morning. He has quite a collection!
We know a lot about this kaleidoscope of a city we call home. We love where we live and we love to share what it is like to be a part of the rebuilding of New Orleans. Our mayor recently made a speech on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. He said: "The world deserves the best New Orleans we can build for it." That is what we try to share with our guests. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers, -M&M.
4.8 on October 16, 2015
What a lovely New Orleans experience--a little out of the hubbub of the Quarter. The place is immaculate and evocative and Matthew and Melanie are charming hosts with great breakfasts and lots of info. I'll def be back.
Thank you very much for staying with us. We enjoyed our conversations at breakfast and we enjoyed sharing this wonderful city we call home. Come back anytime---sooner rather than later. You made two friends in New Orleans. Cheers! -M&M.
3.6 on October 14, 2015
Nous avons passé 3 jours à La Belle Esplanade. La maison est magnifique avec toutes ses antiquités. Elle est bien située pour visiter divers quartiers de la ville tout en étant suffisamment à l'écart pour apprécier sa tranquillité. Matthew est intarissable sur tout ce qu'il faut voir à NOLA et cache bien des ressources sous ses nombreux couvre-chefs! Melanie nous a préparé des petits-déjeuners succulents avec des produits provenant des artisans du quartier et toujours agrémentés d'une spécialité louisianaise. Elle a réussi à nous faire manger du poisson au petit-déjeuner, chapeau! Grâce à eux, nous avons découvert de bons petits restos. (Merci Melanie de nous avoir proposé Casamento’s pour les huîtres, nous nous sommes régalés.) Pour les gens qui n’ont pas peur de marcher, c’est l’endroit idéal. Ce n’est pas dans le fameux quartier français, mais c’est pas mal mieux. Merci encore Matthew et Melanie, nous avons beaucoup apprécié notre séjour chez vous. Sylvie et Jacques, Montréal (Québec)
5 on September 07, 2015
Stylish B&B in excellent location - very comfortable and great attention to detail. Excellent breakfasts based on food from local suppliers. Hosts have extensive knowledge and offer brilliant advice on what to do, where to eat. Great guides to a wonderful city. (Dining is breakfast only)
Thank you for staying with us. We enjoy showing off the city, sharing its history, and guiding people a bit off the beaten path. There is so much happening in New Orleans that it's sometimes hard to keep track of it all. Even when nothing is happening---something is happening. Come back anytime. We'll be happy to see you again. Cheers, -M&M.
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.
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.
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.