La Belle Esplanade

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

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Use your better intuition when visiting New Orleans. Stay like you belong here. Stay in a colorful local landmark in a colorfully unique and interesting city. We love where we live. You will, too. We live on a beautiful street and our boutique experience 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
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Best Vacation Ever!

5 on June 28, 2017

Our trip to New Orleans was an experience beyond our expectations in great part to the wonderful guidance from our hosts Matthew and Melanie at La Belle Esplanade. Every morning we would start the day with a specially curated breakfast buffet, discuss what we did the day before and get advice on what we should check out that day. My husband especially requested music venues that the locals frequent and Matthew's suggestions did not disappoint. If you are going to New Orleans this is the ONLY place to stay. We can't wait to go back!


Another Great Stay at La Belle Esplanade

5 on June 22, 2017

La Belle Esplanade is my go to home in NOLA, this was my 2nd stay and I am about to book my 3rd. I love it and find Matthew and Melanie to be the ideal hosts. Need I say more?


exceptional stay

5 on June 21, 2017

outstanding experience -the real New Orleans with attentive and caring hosts -fantastic hand selected breakfast each morning and all the good oil on this wonderful city.


The Perfect Base Camp!

5 on June 14, 2017

This was the most amazing place to stay! The room (Pelican) was private, lovely, spacious, fun, and just so beautifully cozy. The whole inn is lovingly decorated in oddities and wonders from New Orleans and beyond. Honestly, though, the real icing on the cake of this inn are the two amazing innkeepers. Breakfast is the perfect way to start the day as they tell where all the delicacies came from around the city and offer as many recommendations for ANY possible request you could imagine in the wondrous city of New Orleans. I 100% can't wait to bring my mom and anyone else here to continue my exploration of this amazing town. Thank you so so so so so much for such an adventurous and delightful stay. Until the next time!


Gem Property

5 on June 13, 2017

So glad we found this place. It's been fully updated and remodeled inside, has a great location convenient both to the French Quarter and to museums and the Garden District. Hosts are very helpful with insider/local information and provide a fresh, eclectic breakfast selection each morning. Highly recommended.


Mathew made our stay a complete delight.

5 on June 11, 2017

Perfectly located, spacious well appointed rooms, and you couldn't ask for a better host. Mathew and Melanie are excellent company and made our stay at their wonderful establishment a complete delight. Breakfast was always amazing and my advise is that if they suggest you go somewhere or try something, that you do it. They are a fountain of information and so obviously love their wonderful city, as they should. It's a wonderful place to visit and we definitely will be going back.


Excellent b & b with gracious, knowledgeable and fun innkeepers

4.4 on June 10, 2017

Loved La Belle Esplanade. We were there for a few days last weekend. Wife and I had the La France Room and my mother was in Les Fleurs on the first floor. We loved the inn. It was so charming and the rooms (2-room suites, actually) were spacious, clean and beautifully decorated. I love the Esplanade Ridge area and Matthew and Melanie were such great hosts. They are so knowledgeable about New Orleans in general and the Esplanade Ridge area in particular. They don't send you to the touristy spots, but rather the hidden gems and the places locals most enjoy. They make you feel very much at home while you're there. Looking forward to going back again.


Will be back.

5 on June 09, 2017

Our stay at La Belle Esplanade was outstanding. Both Matthew and Melanie extremely helpful as well as fun. We loved our suite with balcony and the happy decor. The breakfast each morning was a highlight. Yumm. Different each day and delicious ,thoughtful and fresh. Best meals we had in New Orleans and by far best breakfasts in the past five weeks of our holiday. Ideal location, perfect for an enjoyable walk to either The French Quarter or gardens. Thankyou Matthew and Melanie.


We will return

5 on May 30, 2017

La Belle Esplanade is the place to stay if you want to experience the everyday New Orleans that tourists never see. Matt and Melanie have a wealth of information about the attractions and history of the city.


La Belle Esplanade - Charming Digs in NOLA!

4.0 on May 24, 2017

Matthew and Melonie are exceptional hosts at a very charming B&B in NOLA! They are witty, friendly, and happy to share all their favorite ideas about how to have the best time possible in New Orleans! The buildings are brightly colored, and the rooms filled with antiques...we'll be back!


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Rooms & Rates

Clio Suite

This is a large and airy suite on the second floor. The suite includes a French-style private bath with antique claw foot tub that does have a shower head. Antique mirrored dressers and washstands, and marble-topped tables are artfully arranged. This suite is a treasured hideaway, with plenty of room and a playful decor. The private balcony that overlooks Esplanade Avenue is a leafy, private oasis perfect for greeting the day or ending the night. Plug in the fairy lights that are strung in the ironwork for an extra magical touch.

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

Les Pêches Suite

This is a very large suite that overlooks Esplanade Avenue. This suite includes a French-style private bath equipped with an antique cast-iron claw foot tub that does have a shower head. There is a balcony with a small cafe table and two chairs that makes for a nice respite from the French Quarter and a nice place to enjoy a preprandial glass of wine. Turn on the balcony?s fairy lights that are wound through the iron work to really feel like you are in a different world. You will be in a different world: you?ll be in New Orleans.

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

Les Fleurs

This suite?s bedroom walk-through window opens to a front porch with a view of tranquil Esplanade Avenue and Gayarre Park. There is a queen bed, a red leather sofa and a well-stuffed red leather armchair. The bath features an antique claw foot tub with a mounted shower head and curtains full of joie de vivre. The sink is in located in the bedroom, French-style, to permit privacy in the lavatory.

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

Le Pelican Suite

This second-floor, two-room suite is the most private and quiet of our accommodations. It?s long balcony peeks through the oleander tree in our neighbor?s backyard. Furniture includes an elaborate full size canopy bed, a craftsman style mirror over the historic mantlepiece, all in an airy, high-ceilinged suite that is enchanting in its simplicity. Many guests prefer this suite for romantic getaways, including second honeymoons, but, truth be told, this is a favorite for single travelers, too. There is a private bath with an antique claw foot tub equipped with a shower head.

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

La France Suite

This second-floor suite features a private balcony that overlooks the gardens in the rear, and the classical fountain depicting Leda and the Swan. The bed is an antique full-sized half mallard. The self-contained private bath features an antique claw foot tub equipped with shower head.

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

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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

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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. 50% deposit taken at the time of reservation.
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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.


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