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La Belle Esplanade

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The most interesting place to stay in America's most interesting city. Visit New Orleans like you belong here. Located in a picturesque neighborhood that is close to everything but off the usual tourist radar, La Belle Esplanade will surprise and delight with it's quirky authentic details, locally sourced breakfasts, and lively intelligent conversation. You have at least two friends in New Orleans.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Multilingual Staff
Public Wifi
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Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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62Somewhat walkable
Grade: 62 out of 100
47Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
21Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
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We stayed for 5 nights (January 9-14). After originally booking a French Quarter hotel, I came across the La Belle Esplanade and after some hesitation, we cancelled that reservation and took a chance on something different..... It was one of the best decisions we've made. The
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Response from Matthew K, Owner at La Belle Esplanade
Responded 3 days ago
Five nights are a nice amount of time to visit New Orleans, especially if you choose to stay in our part of this magical city we call home. If you had stayed in the French Quarter, at one of the big hotels, you would have seen a part of New Orleans, but not as much as you got to sample when you were here. We talked about this over breakfast every morning. Thank you for choosing to make La Belle Esplanade your New Orleans headquarters for your visit. Welcome to the authentic New Orleans state of mind. Our neighborhood is full of interesting things. We are close to the stuff that you read about in guidebooks, but we are off the usual tourist radar. You never know what you'll find when you turn a corner in real New Orleans. The city is more than a tourist trap. People choose to live here for good reasons. Thank you, again, for choosing to stay with us. You embedded yourselves in our part of New Orleans and the city treated you right. You made good memories while you were here, the kind of good memories that will last a lifetime. Come back to see us again, anytime. New Orleans is here for you. You have two two friends on Esplanade Avenue. Follow our blog and follow La Belle Esplanade on Facebook. We post stuff regularly all the time to keep you in a New Orleans state of mind. We hope you'll keep in touch. Cheers! -M&M.
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We had a wonderful time in New Orleans and give the credit to our hosts and accommodations at La Belle Esplanade. The space beautiful and the location couldn't be better for seeing New Orleans. We woke up to great breakfasts, good conversation and then took recommendations for
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Response from Matthew K, Owner at La Belle Esplanade
Responded 1 week ago
It was a pleasure to meet you both and to share our part of New Orleans with you. We look forward to seeing you again and picking up the conversation where we left off. I'm not being lazy when I copy and paste the text below from a recent blog post, but what follows summarizes what Melanie (who is the better half of this operation) and I try to offer the people who choose to make La Belle the headquarters for their New Orleans adventures. This has been on my mind for awhile, now, and I would like to share what I wrote yesterday. I think you'll agree with the sentiments. Here we go: "Why do people choose to stay at La Belle Esplanade when they want to experience New Orleans? "I had a conversation with two of our guests this morning. It is their third time visiting our fair city and their second time staying at La Belle. The last time they stayed at La Belle we only had two nights available and they moved to a more traditional B&B after those first two nights. This year, they are back at La Belle during the slow season and we had a full eight nights available for them. Always plan in advance. These two charming guests have made their New Orleans headquarters here at La Belle for eight nights. Why? "It boils down to a couple of things. "One is location. We are close to the tourist action but far enough away where you can get a good night's sleep. It is quiet in our neighborhood but our neighborhood is also super-interesting, with all sorts of things to discover. Uptown is a nice place to live but not so nice to visit. Uptown is beautiful but kind of boring. The French Quarter is beautiful but it leads to sensory overload when you hear people yelling and singing outside your window at all hours of the day and night. Downtown, where we live, is where real New Orleans is alive and thriving at a livably pleasant pace, where traditions are nourished and where dreams come true. "Two is breakfast. No scrambled eggs or supermarket bagels. You can get that at home. You don't need me to go to Costco for your most important meal of the day. We offer a curated breakfast buffet of things we pick up around the neighborhood fresh every morning. We think it is important to support our neighborhood shops and to offer a taste of real New Orleans found in the corner bakeries and restaurants, to offer an authentic taste of New Orleans culture that you won't find anywhere else. Every morning brings a tasty selection of eye-opening surprises. Three is the conversation and recommendations. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day at La Belle because we sit and talk with our guests every morning and we are happy to talk about whatever you want to talk about. All things New Orleans are topics of discussion. Melanie and I go everywhere, all over the city, and we do everything, all over the city. If you have something that interests you, we have done it and we know where to send you. When you get a recommendation from us, it is because we have been there and done that and we know what we are talking about. We don't accept kickbacks from tour companies or restaurants. We recommend things based on our first-hand local experience and what we think you will enjoy based on what you tell us you want to see, do, eat, and/or hear. "You don't need us to point you to the French Quarter. You can find that without our advice. Guidebook New Orleans will suck you into its gravitational pull without us saying a word about it. We are happy to talk about the French Quarter, but there is a whole wide wonderful city out here that is off the usual tourist radar. Real New Orleans is what we are all about" ----Please come back to visit with us anytime. Read our blog in the meantime to keep in a New Orleans state of mind. As you know, Melanie and I love where we live. Ours is a very special neighborhood in a very special city. You have made two friends here. Follow La Belle Esplanade on Facebook. We share a lot of stuff there every day as we go about our adventures in this wonderful city. Don't you two be strangers. Cheers! -M&M.
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We arrived late, in the evening, but Matthew was there to greet us, resplendent in stylish hat, colorful waistcoat, and jacket. He then spent 45 minutes with us providing vivid, funny and informed recommendations of places to visit if we wanted to get a real feel for the city,
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Response from Matthew K, Owner at La Belle Esplanade
Responded 4 weeks ago
We hope you will return. Melanie and I go everywhere all over the city to find out what's going on and what makes New Orleans "America's Most Interesting City." We love where we live, as you know. There is more to New Orleans than the French Quarter. There is plenty to do in the Quarter, of course, and there is good music on Frenchmen Street, but if you've been there before, then it's time for advanced placement: experience what it's like to live in this wonderful city we call home. New Orleans is a kaleidoscope of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own personality. There are three things that tie all of it together: food, music, and Mardi Gras. Come back to visit with us anytime. No one ever says their visit is too long because there is always more to discover. We enjoyed the conversation every morning and your can-do spirit to explore the city. We hope you'l keep in touch. Cheers! -M&M.
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We were in town for Thanksgiving weekend, my first time in New Orleans. It was nice to have many of the popular destinations accessible yet be at a quieter location. Our room was adorable and comfortable; our hosts loved to talk about their city and were happy to give
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Response from Matthew K, Owner at La Belle Esplanade
Responded Dec 10, 2018
People never forget their first time in New Orleans. They shouldn't. If they pass out drunk on Bourbon Street, then maybe they should forget, but when they stay on Esplanade Avenue, a beautiful street in an interesting and authentic New Orleans neighborhood, they shouldn't forget it. Good memories are made on our street every day in every way. Thank you for staying in the authentic New Orleans and visiting so that you could sample what it is like to really live here. New Orleans really is an amazing city unlike anywhere else in which Melanie and I have ever lived---and we've lived in a lot of places. It is magical here. When we first visited New Orleans to decide if we wanted to move here, we fell in love with the place. We've become New Orleans goodwill ambassadors because of our first visit. Our job is to share what it like to inhabit our neighborhood and all of New Orleans, to offer a taste of this remarkable city's unique cuisine and culture. Five nights in New Orleans is a nice amount of time to get a real feel for New Orleans and want to come back to sample some more. There is always more. Even when nothing is going on in New Orleans, and nothing special was going on Thanksgiving weekend, there is always something going on. Our curated breakfasts deliver an artisinal taste of the shops located around our small craft hotel, and we like to talk about everything New Orleans. Everything. Whatever you want to know about, we are always happy to discuss it and point you in a direction that will interest you. Thank you for choosing La Belle as your headquarters for your New Orleans adventures. We look forward to meeting both of you again. Come back. There is always more to discover and explore in New Orleans. In the meantime, follow our blog or follow us on Facebook to keep yourselves in a New Orleans state of mind. We hope you'll keep in touch. New Orleans is adorable. Cheers! -M&M.
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We stay here every year for our wedding anniversary, and have a blast each time! If you want a true New Orleans experience (not just the French Quarter), Matt and Melanie are two of the most knowledgeable people I know, and I'm originally from New Orleans. Very unique decor in
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Response from Matthew K, Owner at La Belle Esplanade
Responded Dec 7, 2018
Thank you for making La Belle your headquarters for your annual visit. Since you grew up here, we like to learn about New Orleans past, while sharing New Orleans present with you both. Ours is a magical city---it always has been and it always will be. There is always something to talk about over breakfast. Our small craft hotel is interesting the way New Orleans is interesting, full of details and lots of pleasant surprises to discover. Breakfast every morning is curated to include a variety of local treats from around our neighborhood. We live in a very interesting and diverse part of New Orleans. Melanie and I go everywhere all over the city to explore it and to be able to make personally tailored recommendations based on what interests the people who stay with us. Nobody ever says their visit is too long. It is always too short. 5 nights is a good amount of time. The longer you are here, the more you realize how much is going on every day. We live here. Even we can't do it all! Just pick a direction and we'll tell you what's there. No one is disappointed. Welcome to The New Orleans State of Mind. And, yes, in some circles, I am known as "The Best Dressed Man in New Orleans." Confidence, along with the feeling that one belongs where they live, these are two of the most attractive things a person can wear. You don't just have to wait for your anniversary when you visit, you know. We're open all year long. We hope you'll keep in touch with us and we look forward to seeing you again and sharing our part of New Orleans with you when you are here. With a handshake, -M&M.
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Parade in front of La Belle Esplanade, a boutique experience inn in New Orleans.
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La Pelican Suite
Les Peches balcony!
Notice our "friend" on top of the armoire?
View from the sitting room into the bedroom.
La Belle is set up as an adult environment with steep stairs and with a number of small objects on display in The New Orleans Odditarium in our lobby. For this reason, we don't accept guests who are younger than 13. All of our suites have only one bed that sleeps two, so four in a suite wouldn't fit, regardless of age, and most people who travel with children don't usually want to put them in a suite of their own. If you look up the professional innkeepers of New Orleans website, it lists family-friendly small inns in our city.
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Are there televisions?
Yes, small ones (like 9").
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Can I bring my elderly declawed neutered female cat?
I am not sure which bed and breakfast inns in New Orleans accept animals as guests, but we are not one of them.
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Like the previous responses, we did not have a car. We always walked, but that is something we enjoy doing. We used a cab if it was late in the evening (after midnight). Parking is a pain around the city and it is easier to use public transportation. If you plan on lots of day trips then a car would be good and parking at the inn is easy. Enjoy!
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Southern Oaks is out in New Orleans East. The best way to get there from here would be to take a cab or to rent a car. I would suggest some place closer, but there aren't any B&Bs in the East that I know of, only motels. We don't go out to the East very often, so I'm not as familiar with that part of the city as maybe I should be. Then again, no one has asked about this before. I know where Southern Oaks is, but I never knew what it was until now.
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"Clio or Les Pesches (fish)"
"The bed in the Pelican suite was cozy"
"Les Peches was awesome--the balcony was our favorite part (but requires quite a stair climb!)"
"All are great."
"There are 5 rooms. We've stayed in 2 and seen a 3rd. They are all wonderful. You can't go wrong with any of them."
$205 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesLouisianaNew OrleansMid-City DistrictTremé
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