The Reader’s Digest version:
Accommodations- colorful, quirky, clean, comfortable
Location- Perfect! Close enough to the traditional tourist attractions but still removed enough to really gain an appreciation for the city as local residents see it. Walk around!!!
Breakfast- Delicious local treats are served at breakfast each morning and the coffee is top-notch. Spending time chatting with Matthew and Melanie is a wonderful way to start your day!
The other version… The trip was a gift from my husband for my birthday, he was there too, but this really is a story of how my romance began with NOLA…
It is hard to find adequate words to describe my experience at La Belle Esplanade and NOLA in general… wonderful, spectacular, fantastic, marvelous … any other like-minded term you would like to use, please feel free, but understand that nothing could capture the affection I developed for La Belle and NOLA during my all too short 4 day introduction. I say introduction because I fully intend to return again and continue my love affair with the city.
La Belle was the perfect setting for my budding romance. The house itself has a whimsical and charming sense about it. I knew the moment I arrived there that the entire experience would be enchanted. The rooms are spacious, colorful and comfortable and have every amenity you could need, including a delicious treat on your pillow each day. The entire house is filled with unique art, antiques, and knick-knacks that add to its charm. The inn keepers have done a wonderful job in decorating the house and finding pieces that help to tell stories and history of New Orleans and La Belle.
The inn keepers, Melanie and Matthew, I like to think of them more as the match-makers in my story, made my experience worth telling again (and again). They have a wonderful sense of balance between them that makes interactions with them seem effortless and inviting. They both greeted us at our arrival and after Matthews’s introduction to La Belle and NOLA, provided some wonderful tips for our trip. As we discussed each day’s adventures over breakfast, they would provide additional suggestions that helped fuel my love for the city and complimented both my husband and my preferences for exploring the city. They truly helped me see the city through their eyes and hearts.
There is no other place I would stay when I return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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