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

Excellent option for visiting New Orleans

5 on January 06, 2017

Matthew and Melanie run a fantastic operation: beautiful lodgings, top-notch service, great array of breakfast options. La Belle Explanade boasts an aesthetic overall appropriate for the charm and mystery of New Orleans. Highly recommended.

Innkeeper Response
New Orleans is full of charm and mystery and we try to be a small part of that. We love this city, our neighborhood in particular. Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We know there are a lot of options in New Orleans but we do our best to make your stay interesting and informative. Please come back to see us anytime. With a handshake, -M&M.


Really is the best place to stay in New Orleans

5 on December 28, 2016

Bright and colorful on the outside, tastefully decorated with antiques on the inside. Spacious comfortable rooms. Gracious, accommodating hosts. Scenic tree lined street. Convenient location .

Innkeeper Response
Thank you very much for staying with us. It was a pleasure to share our part of New Orleans with you. We are a picturesque stroll from what visitors know they want to see, but we are located in a real neighborhood that is full of delightful surprises. Come back to stay with us any time. Cheers! -M&M.


Lovely everything, correction to previous review

5 on November 27, 2016

The actual inn was wonderful inside and out. You can immediately tell that Matthew and Melanie took careful consideration when decorating not only the common areas but each room individually! The whole place was very representative of what to expect with a trip to New Orleans, whether it's your first or umpteenth time going. Matthew and Melanie were also the best hosts you could ever ask for, they knew exactly what to recommend for every day of our stay. If we already had plans they told us what to do to pass the time; days that we had no clue where we would end up they pointed us in the direction of lovely things we didn't know we wanted to see. We have nothing but lovely things to say about our stay and it's all thanks to Matthew and Melanie, from opening their arms and home to us to all the wonderful sights!

Innkeeper Response
We're very proud of this local landmark we've created here on Esplanade Avenue. All day long, people stop to take pictures of our inn and they wonder what the inside is like. You know. We put as much care to the inside as we do the outside. We are blessed to have this profession of being goodwill ambassadors for this wonderful city we call home. Please come back to see us again. In the meantime, you can always keep up to date with our blog which I keep current 2-3 times a week. Until we meet again, take care! -M&M.


Location, Culture and Value

5 on November 26, 2016

We spent 6 nights in the Pelican suite at this quaint Inn and as guaranteed by our host, Matthew, we were not bored. If you have come to this fascinating city rich with culture, history and life to spend your time in the French Quarter, you should seek accommodation closer to it. If you come to explore the cemeteries, the neighborhoods, the architecture, the cuisine, the parks, the music and museums this Inn is perfectly situated on between City Park and Frenchmen Street, directly on the transit line linking you to the rest of the city. The Inn is the center of three historic homes adjacent to the owners residence which affords guests and their hosts privacy and independence without isolation. Breakfast is a variety of local foods carefully selected and presented by Melanie and Matthew and includes fruit, pastries, artisan breads, cheeses, and meats. Additionally, Melanie surprised us each morning with a hot dish representative of local cuisine. Melanie and Matthew take your experience seriously, and provide excellent advise based on extensive area knowledge. They apprised us daily of local events and activities with a sincere desire to enrich your New Orleans experience based on each guests' individuality. Some guests were sent to participate in parades, others sent to slave museums. We ended up across town at the Rock'n'Bowl (yup) bowling and listening to live Zydeco music watching locals dance (even giving it a try ourselves!). All of this coupled with a welcome bottle of house wine, a fridge with juice and beer, fresh water daily and random free snacks in the lobby! New Orleans is not a cheap city, and for us Canadians the currency sting was lessened by the value we obtained at La Belle Esplanade. Our southern experience exceeded our expectations thanks not only to the friendliest U.S. city we have visited to date but to the special effort and heart Matthew and Melanie put into this business.


wonderful visit

4.2 on November 20, 2016

For those that want the personal touch and a wonderful experience, not just a place to sleep, then this has to be high on your list, it is totally in keeping with the whole New Orleans experience, this choice of accommodation substantially enhanced our stay. Matthew and Melanie are wonderful host and hostess. Matthew met us and gave us a personal guided tour of the premises and top class personalised advice of what to see and where to eat in town. He is truly an amazing character and has a wealth of knowledge that he continued to share at breakfast time and this help enriched our visit to New Orleans; it was just a shame we did not have longer. Melanie compliments Matthew brilliantly. She is also very knowledgeable, keen to share this knowledge and her perspective. She is also extremely thoughtful too. On the day we left, we had to leave early, well before breakfast, and so the night before she prepared picnic parcels for us to take to the airport, and that was really very welcome. Matthew is kind and thoughtful too, on the morning we left, we found him waiting for us in the reception area just in order to help me with our numerous bags and to make sure we didn’t need any further help or assistance. When (not if) we return to New Orleans, this is the only place we will stay! Andy and Mel


La Belle Esplanade - the belle of NOLA

5 on November 18, 2016

Staying at La Belle Esplanade was the highlight of our time in NOLA. Matthew and Melanie are wonderful hosts. Their passion for New Orleans makes breakfast a feast and conversation an enlightenment. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.


B&B Perfection

5 on November 14, 2016

We loved everything from the location to the locally inspired breakfasts to the amazing hosts and all their delightful surprises awaiting you. The best B&B experience we've ever had.


Two day midweek

5 on November 10, 2016

Fantastic experience. Matt and Melanie could not have been more gracious hosts. Easy to get to and easy to acess the French Quarter as well as other New Orleans attractions and dining. Highly recommend it. Already looking forward to another visit.


Fantastic stay

5 on October 27, 2016

I had a great experience staying here. I traveled solo; Matthew and Melanie are fantastic hosts who will guide you to wherever you need or want to go. The breakfast in the morning is not to be missed and definitely heed their suggestions for local eateries! ~am


Fantastic B&B in New Orleans

4.8 on October 23, 2016

MY wife and I stayed here for a 3 day weekend at the end of September. We had a great time! The food - curated choices from neighborhood establishments - included a selection of meats, cheeses, breads, spreads and fruit. It was perfect. The innkeepers are very personable and always quick to offer suggestions for diversions. They tipped us off the the Treme Neighborhood Festival, which was an excellent recommendation. We will definitely stay here again when we come back to New Orleans.


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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

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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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