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La Belle Esplanade

2216 Esplanade Avenue , New Orleans, LA 70119 USA (Show map)
4.8
62 Reviews
$169 - $209
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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.

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Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Dining4.7

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Daughter's Wedding

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!

Innkeeper Response
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


A great time

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.

Innkeeper Response
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.


really exceeded my expectations!

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.

Innkeeper Response
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.


Delightful

5 on November 02, 2014

Great location, great hosts, great facilities, great breakfast

Innkeeper Response
Short and to the point. Thanks for sharing. We're looking forward to your next visit. With a handshake, -M&M.


Home away from Home

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.

Innkeeper Response
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.


Special location!!!

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

Innkeeper Response
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.


NOLA Character Away from the Fray

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.

Innkeeper Response
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.


Impeccable b and b

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 !

Innkeeper Response
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.


Perfect place

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.

Innkeeper Response
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.


enjoyable stay

4.8 on September 30, 2014

stayed for 2 nights. great hosts and accommodation. We had car and rode bikes, which made getting around easier. the house if Just a bit too far to walk to back and forward form the French district throughout the day.

Innkeeper Response
It was a pleasure to have you stay with us. Ours is a quiet and picturesque street. At night, when it's lit up, it's enchanting. Some people take a taxi back from Frenchmen Street at night, $6-8 depending on where you start, less than 10 minutes ride. We look forward to seeing you again, -M&M.


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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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Location

Location Type

Walking distance to French Quarter, City, Downtown

Airport

New Orleans, LA (MSY) 12 miles

Directions to property:

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.

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, Clothes dryer, Copier, Desk, Parking, Private entrance, Telephone, Washer/dryer , Coffee maker, Secure parking, Local foods, Garden, Convenient location

Room amenities

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

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: Outside only Smoking is allowed outdoors. Windows must be closed.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Steep staircases and antiques preclude small children.
  • Childcare Provided: No No children younger than 13 years of age.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Pets are not allowed.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-day stay required on weekends: Fri-Sat or Sat-Sun.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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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