La Belle Esplanade

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

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


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.



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

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.

Enchanting and quirky B & B

4.6 on October 22, 2016

Matthew and Melanie were very accommodating, informative and really made our first trip to New Orleans a wonderful experience. They both made us feel so welcome and over breakfast chats gave terrific insight into the real New Orleans, what was going on locally and things that they thought might be of interest to us (not necessarily the regular 'tourist' advice). The accommodation itself was delightful and had everything required to make it comfortable and then some. We loved that it wasn't in the main tourist area but was just a 10 minute bus ride away.

A unique trip to New Orleans

5 on October 16, 2016

My wife and I celebrated our second anniversary at La Belle Esplanade. It is a uniquely restore old home on Les Esplanade halfway between the French Quarter and spacious city park. The tree lined a esplanade was a great walk in either direction. Matthew and Melanie were gracious hosts with great ideas to make our stay unique and not the typical tourist trip. We have a new home when we go back to visit New Orleans.


4.8 on October 08, 2016

Matthew and Melanie create a super-friendly atmosphere in their cozy B&B. They are superlative hosts. Great conversations, great local guidance in a convenient location (15 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride to the French Quarter). The decor is pure NOLA. In a safe neighborhood, there are a couple clubs and restaurants nearby. We stayed 5 days and looked forward to our morning breakfasts which included interesting guests and Matthew's daily report on where he picked up the the fresh pastries riding his Vespa. Guests shared their NOLA adventures and plans for the day, which was great 'intel' for first time NOLA visitors. If you want a unique place to stay in this unique city, this is the place. Not 'fancy', just extremely well-done. All of it.

Innkeeper Response
Punning in French and Italian. Bravissimo. Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We certainly enjoyed your company and the opportunity to share what we know about New Orleans. Five days is a nice amount of time to get a taste of the city. Nobody ever says their visit is too long---there are always more things to do and to discover. We hope to see you again to do just that. Cheers! -M&M.

Belle does not begin to describe this jewel...

5 on August 19, 2016

We adored our stay here at La Belle Esplanade. We consider every stay to be a sweet treat, reserved for special occasions. Beauty is in every room. The owners are charming. Breakfast is divine...a trip to Europe each morn. -Cher & Joey Wilson

Innkeeper Response
You stayed with us when we first opened for business, four years ago, and now you've gotten a chance to see all the changes we've made in the meantime---for the better, as we know you'll agree. For either the first-time visitor to New Orleans or for the long-time stalwart, we try to offer a unique perspective on this wonderful city we call home. Visit New Orleans like you belong here. You do belong here. Cheers! -M&M.


5 on July 05, 2016

Very nice location. wonderful rooms wonderful breakfast Mattew and Melanie are really able to make you feel at home !

Innkeeper Response
Thank you. We live in a magical city and we like to share its many aspects. New Orleans is like a kaleidoscope. You never know what you'll find when you turn a corner. Our neighborhood is short, picturesque stroll to the main attractions but it is a world of its own. There is a lot happening around our inn that is off the usual tourist radar. If, or should I say when, you come back to New Orleans, we'll be delighted to see you again and show you more of what this amazing city has to offer.

Will definitely return

4.0 on June 18, 2016

Having read others' reviews, my expectations were high and I was not disappointed. The innkeepers know their city and were very helpful as we made our plans each day. They also know their business. We felt very welcome and cared for. The rooms were very clean and well appointed. Breakfast was substantial and delicious, with something special and different each day! When I return to New Orleans, I will stay at La Belle Esplanade.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for saying you'll stay with us again. We enjoy our profession and we're glad it shows. New Orleans is an amazing city like no place else we've ever lived. The next time you're here, you know where to find us. We're looking forward to picking up the conversation where we left off. Cheers! -M&M.

A Must-Stay for New Orleans!

5 on June 06, 2016

Central (and gorgeous) location with comfortable and beautiful eclectic accommodations. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable proprietors with great taste in breakfast selections, unique for every day of the stay. Tons of recommendations for where to go, tailored for the kinds of experiences you value most. Don't miss this place!

Innkeeper Response
We aren't licensed to cook on the premises so, instead, we go out to local neighborhood establishments: bakeries, delis, caterers, farmers' markets, and we pick out what we think will be interesting for our guests. This way, you get a taste of all the various parts of New Orleans that make this city such a wonderful place. Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us. We hope you'll be back to see us again so that we can pick up our morning conversations right where we left off. Cheers! -M&M.

The Gem of New Orleans.

5 on June 05, 2016

Melanie and Matthew were wonderful and gracious hosts. Thank you for making our in New Orleans such a beautiful time. We look forward to come in again.

Innkeeper Response
It was our pleasure to share our bit of this magical city with you and to share in your adventures around town. There is no place else like New Orleans. We do hope you'll be back to see us. There is always more to discover in New Orleans. Always. Don't you two be strangers, -M&M.

The Gem of New Orleans.

5 on May 28, 2016

Melanie and Matthew are excellent tour guides and the gracious hosts. We can't praise them enough and the wonderful gem that is La Belle Esplanade. Thank you so much for a grand time.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you. We know a lot about the city, not just our neighborhood, but all of them, and all the history and all the different social sciences that make up academically knowing a place. Then, we also know the culture. We love it here and we hope that our enthusiasm for all things New Orleans comes through. That's what we try to share. Please come back to see us anytime. There is always more to discover here. Cheers! -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

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Location Type

Walking distance to French Quarter, Downtown


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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  • 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.



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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  • 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.