La Belle Esplanade

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

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About

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.

Reviews

Overall
4.8

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

Fabulous b and b

5 on April 10, 2016

Matthew and Melanie were amazing hosts and fabulous ambassadors to New Orleans.


Stay here!

5 on April 08, 2016

Stop looking for other places and stay with Matthew & Melanie at La Belle Esplanade. In a beautiful section away from the noise of the quarter, La Belle was amazing. From Matthew's well chosen breakfast choices to daily conversations with other guests & great recommendations for sight seeing. We stayed 5 nights and wished we had booked on longer. Our hosts were very well versed in the culture, atmosphere & must sees. Stay here and let them make you feel right at home & this B&B. Looking forward to our next trip Gregg & Richard


Perfect Choice

5 on April 04, 2016

Our first visit to New Orleans and La Belle Esplanade was the perfect choice for our 5-night stay. As others have said, Matthew and Melanie are charming, knowledgeable hosts. We looked forward to breakfast each morning to see what delectable plates Matthew discovered prowling local sources. We stayed in the Clio Suite on the second floor, literally a "home-away-from-home", spacious and welcoming with period furnishings, fridge, snacks, hot pot, and balcony overlooking Esplanade Avenue. With the trees leafing out, it felt like a tree house. Very convenient location; no need for a car. Just steps from the bus stops and easy walking to the French Quarter and City Park/Museum/Botanical and Sculpture Gardens. If you are planning a trip to New Orleans, stay here! Steve and Marlayn Riley, Ventura, California P.S. Outstanding Rating. Computer refused to activate the "Outstanding" button.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you very much for sharing your experience. You made the most of your stay in the house, and it's always nice to see people enjoying the balcony. It really is it's own world up there. We hope you'll come to New Orleans again. You know where to find us. -Cheers! -M&M.


Home away from home in the Big Easy

5 on April 02, 2016

We loved our stay at La Belle Esplanade and have been homesick for New Orleans ever since our departure. The location was absolutely ideal, just outside the French Quarter. Matthew and Melanie are charming, warm hosts who give great advice on how to experience the best the city has to offer. Our room was delightful, the breakfasts delicious. We adored our time and can't wait to return!


Marvelous Birthday Stay

5 on March 30, 2016

Fantastic hosts. Matthew and Melanie provided not only excellent suggestions for restaurants, music venues, and sightseeing but also made my husband's birthday extra special with a surprise additional wine and cookies gift left in our room. Our suite (Les Peches) was spacious and extremely comfortable, stocked with snacks, welcoming bottle of wine, juices in the refrigerator and tea/coffee maker. Breakfasts are incredible; you start each morning with an authentic New Orleans culinary adventure as Matthew purchases breads, pastries and a side dish (for example shrimp and grits) to accompany the cheese and cold cuts. I must also mention that they serve the best coffee we had anywhere in NOLA!! The location is very good; an easy 20 minute walk to touristy French Quarter or up to City Park (great Art Museum and gardens as well as beignets at Morning Call). Bus line within a block to take cross town. We also used Uber which worked well when tired though do walk to see all the amazing houses. Highly recommend staying here for an authentic and most pleasant relaxing holiday


Marvelous New Orleans Birthday Vacation

5 on March 30, 2016

Fantastic hosts. Matthew and Melanie had great suggestions for restaurants, music, and sites based on the individual's interests. They made our stay extra special with a surprise birthday treat left in our wonderfully spacious and very comfortable suite (Les Peches) which we enjoyed on our veranda. Breakfast was a culinary treat with specialty local foods which Matthew would select from different sources across New Orleans---shrimp and grits, dolmes, bacon maple donuts, crusty breads!. Location was quite good. Away from tourist crowds yet a 20-25 walk to French Quarter, Frenchmen Street or City Park. Bus was within one block and we also used Uber a few times as well. Highly recommend staying here.


Our stay in New Orleans

5 on March 28, 2016

La Belle Esplanade was hands down the best b&b. Matthew and Melanie were incredible hosts. They love the city and all their recommendations with entertainment and food options were spot on. The breakfast each morning featured something special from the south or New Orleans. Our room was quaint and comfortable. I would highly recommend this b&b to anyone visiting New Orleans. We would definitely stay here again if we get a chance to come back.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you. We try to know as much as we can about New Orleans: the touristy things, the non-touristy things, the history, the culture, the demographics, the economy, the trends. We love where we live and we are embedded in this wonderful city we call home. Come back any time. There is still plenty more to discover. We've lived in New Orleans 6 years. We aren't moving anywhere else anytime soon. We love where we live. With a handshake, -M&M.


Place to be

5 on March 22, 2016

We feel home all the Time. Best B&B. We can 100% recommendet this House.

Innkeeper Response
We always say that for the length of your time in New Orleans the inn is your home. It will be your home when you come back, too. Even when nothing is going on in New Orleans, something is going on and there is plenty more to explore. Best wishes, -M&M.


The good time rolled

5 on March 20, 2016

Great communication prior to arrival, cool room, funky food and congenial, knowledgeable hosts are all part of the stay at LBE. Thanks M and M.

Innkeeper Response
Short and to the point. We try to make every visit interesting for our guests and we like to answer any and all questions before, during and after their stay. Thank you for staying with us. Cheers, -M&M.


Truly #1 B&B in NOLA

5 on March 04, 2016

Our first trip to NOLA in 30 years and obviously first stay at La Belle Esplanade. Matthew and Melanie made the stay memorable. Located centrally and walkable to French Quarter and Art Museum, the rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The breakfast, narrated by Matthew, were a real treat with local foods. Their suggestions about dining and activities were very helpful. Would certainly stay with them again in the future.

Innkeeper Response
We hope you'll be staying with us again. It was a pleasure to meet you both and to share what we know about this wonderful city we call home. We love our neighborhood and we always encourage everyone to explore what it has to offer. Though close to everything, our neighborhood is a bit off the tourist map but that doesn't mean there is nothing going on around us. There is always something going on everywhere in New Orleans. You just have to know where to look! Best wishes to you both and, please, don't be strangers, -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 Treme nieghborhood. Bath equipped with antique claw foot tub with showerhead.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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 has antique claw foot tub equipped with showerhead.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

La France Suite

Two-room suite decorated to reflect love of France. Antique canopy bed, wardrobe, and mirrored dresser. Fainting couch. Balcony overlooks the back gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Les Fleurs Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Les Peches Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Location

Location Type

Walking distance to French Quarter, 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

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, 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, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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, French, German

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Two transplants who are honored to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the magical city they now call home.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: Served 8:30-9:30AM
  • Serving Location: Balcony, Garden, Dining Room

Special meal options

Vegetarian , We work with our guests' needs.


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.