My husband and I spent five nights in New Orleans and had a truly magical vacation. La Belle Esplanade is a beautiful, fun, and vibrant home with unique accommodations and fabulous breakfasts that sustained us throughout the days. Our room (Les Fleurs) was very spacious and clean, with a super comfy bed and fun decor. Matthew and Melanie, a truly dynamic duo, were wonderful hosts and were instrumental in the wonderful time we experienced. Their passion for New Orleans is extremely contagious. Their daily recommendations were spot on for areas to visit, restaurants, and activities. We learned very early there is so much more to the city than Bourbon Street and really spent no more than 30 minutes there during our stay. However, if this is your thing, you are close to all the action but far enough away to get a quiet recharge. Since this was our first visit, we felt as though we had a nice blend of some typical tourist attractions, as well as places we never would have known existed. We loved how New Orleans had its big city feel but also felt like a small town, as we spotted many people bumping into others they knew at various restaurants and coffee houses. We loved the beautiful historic Treme area where La Belle stands tall. Very safe area and walkable. Highly recommend staying as long as you can. It feels like we did so much, but I know we barely scratched the surface. There’s something to do and see at every turn. We look forward to returning.…
I wasn’t sure about staying at Lebelle at first. I am more of a Hilton kind of person. I was so wrong. I loved the charm, hospitality and kindness of the hosts. I am not a morning person but I made sure to get up in time to have breakfast with the host and the other guests. The hosts served us food from various local shops. He would give us a little info about the food and it’s origin. It was always delicious! It really does feel like staying with a good friend. I’m glad I came and would like to return, if Matt will have me :-) Go here to stay if you are thinking of heading to Nola. It’s so worth it!
Highly recommended. If you’re thinking about booking La Belle Esplanade just do it! You won’t be disappointed. Located North of the French Quarter so quiet, there some nice local restaurants and a couple of neighbourhood bars worth visiting where there isn’t many tourists. The room are very spacious, well equipped, full of quirky furniture and decor. Matt and Mel were lovely, as well as providing a nice breakfast and fresh coffee each morning they offered lots of advice to help make the most of our stay. If we return to New Orleans one day, this is where we’ll be staying.
We couldn't have chosen better for our first trip to New Orleans. Matthew and Melanie are truly excellent hosts. Their knowledge of the area is huge and their love of NOLA is infectious. We consider this place and these people to be one of the best holidays we've ever had. The accommodation is just lovely, so many quirky things that make each suite personalised and fun. We had the Clio Suite which was beautiful and comfortable. The breakfasts were different every day, with curated goodies and their background provided with a dose of good company and good advice. The French Quarter was lovely, especially once you moved away from Bourbon St! But Treme district has so much to offer as well. We walked for miles every day and so enjoyed the neighborhoods we visited. Do yourself a favor and go to La Belle Esplanade and get to know NOLA the way we did. You will not regret it!…
Our recent family vacation to New Orleans exceeded our expectations, mainly due to our wonderful accommodations and hosts at La Belle Esplanade. The breakfasts brought in from delicious eateries from around the city were delicious and thoughtful. We cherished the morning conversations with our hosts where they shared tips and tricks to help make our days exploring more enjoyable. We highly recommend and will be back.
If you are looking for the best, look no further than La Belle Esplanade! My husband and I could not have dreamed of a better stay. Matthew and Melanie are the most gracious hosts. They make you feel welcome from the moment you step in the door. As hosts they truly go above and beyond and make you feel more like family than guests. They started off every morning with not only a fabulous breakfast of delicious New Orleans gems but also shared with each table of guests gems of places to visit and things to do that are not listed in the tourist books or webpages. For example, they led my husband and I to an amazing parade that we never would have discovered had it not been for their expert tips and thoughtfulness they devote to their guests. They also took the time to write out directions for a bakery for us with a hidden gem along the route. The rooms are all uniquely decorated, extremely clean, spacious, and extremely comfortable. The location is central to City Park and the French Quarter but provides peace and tranquility after a day of exploring. This was our first time visiting New Orleans and we can’t wait to return thanks to the hospitality and tips shared by our gracious hosts! We would never stay anywhere else but La Belle Esplanade when visiting New Orleans and I highly recommend you do the same and select La Belle Esplanade as well! I could not say enough good words to express how wonderful our stay was. Thank you Matthew and Melanie. We will return!…
Returning to La Belle Esplanade during our second visit to New Orleans was a joy. For this visit, we chose one of the suites in the rear of the hotel - it was quiet with colorful walls and luxuriously whimsical touches. The breakfasts were again top-notch with selections from around New Orleans. And the best parts of our stay were daily conversations with Melanie and Matthew. Offering their expert suggestions each morning, Matthew and Melanie helped us learn more about the spectacular city they call home. To leave New Orleans with better appreciation of this unique American city, stay with your new friends Matthew and Melanie at La Belle Esplanade. It will be an experience to remember.
This is a full service experience. The owners make you feel right at home, and offer incredible insight into the history and culture of the city. They had incredible recommendations that we utilized throughout our trip. The building is filled with old charm, and had gorgeous rooms with a rustic, comforting feel. The next time someone I know is traveling to New Orleans (and they don't just want to party the whole time,) I will absolutely recommend La Belle as the perfect place to stay.
My boyfriend and I took our first visit to New Orleans and I loved this city more than I thought I would. La Belle Esplanade was a fabulous place to stay. Matthew and Melanie were awesome hosts and have the best recommendations for places to go and food to try. Close enough to walk to bourbon street, but far enough away to get a real feel of the city. I can’t wait to go back someday.
La Belle Esplande delivered everything which was promised! Matthew, the owner of this amazing establishment, provided us with a unique, charming first time New Orleans experience. If you’re looking for a genuine bed and breakfast, then look no farther! I hope to be able to return someday for more delicious, local breakfasts and more conversations with Matthew.