My fiancée and I stayed in the La France suite for 3 nights. Right from the beginning, the proprietors, Melanie and Matthew, were warm, welcoming, and very helpful. Their advice on local restaurants and attractions was spot on, sending us to funky places in the city that were off the beaten tourist path. We loved the decor of the La France suite and had nice little porch that overlooked the courtyard all to ourselves. The location was also great... whether on foot or using the complementary bicycles, we had easy access to both the French Quarter and City Park with its botanical gardens and outdoor sculpture park.
The best part of our stay was definitely our experience with the hosts. Each morning, Melanie laid out an awesome spread, serving up fresh local delicacies that were gathered from all corners of Orleans Parish. Matthew is also an interesting character, greeting us astride one of his bottle cap-decorated stools each morning, eager to hear about our plans for the day. At one point, after learning of our interest in Mardi Gras Indian culture, he broke out a genuine Indian suit and let me try on the mask! La Belle Esplanade proved to be much more than accommodations for our trip. We consider Melanie and Matthew friends and, without hesitation, recommend their B&B to anyone seeking a New Orleans adventure with funky local flavor!