La Belle Esplanade

New Orleans, LA

Use your better intuition when you stay in New Orleans.

Visit like you belong here.

Lonely Planet calls us a Top Choice place to stay in New Orleans. Each of our suites is an immersive experience of what makes the city a cultural gumbo pot of flavors simmered and stirred for maximum savor. Expect the unexpected in New Orleans. You never know what you’ll see when you turn a corner. Good memories are made here.

Post-Katrina, New Orleans has a population of about 380,000 citizens. It’s a small city by global standards, but go anywhere in the world and say you are headed for New Orleans. Everyone you talk with will know where you mean. That’s jazz.

We love where we live. We are not located in the French Quarter. We would like to say it again to be clear: we are not located in the French Quarter. We are a picturesque and pleasant stroll of about a half hour away from the French Quarter and from Frenchmen Street. If you read the guidebooks, locals go to Frenchmen Street to listen to music. We do that from time to time, but there are other places we go to, too. Some of those places are in our neighborhood.

We are an equally pleasant and picturesque stroll to City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art. We live in a real neighborhood. If you want to meet people who are from where you are from, go to the Quarter. If you want to know what it is like to live in New Orleans, venture in other directions. You should go to the Quarter, it’s beautiful, but we live in a big and richly diverse city that burbles with surprises. Don’t limit yourself to the usual tourist destinations. Don’t believe everything you read about New Orleans. It is better and more.

Since April 2014, as of this writing (July 2016), according to Trip Advisor, we have been rated the #1 B&B in New Orleans based on our guests’ reviews. We hope that is still true when you read this. If you want to stay on the well-beaten track, drink a hand grenade on Bourbon Street, see Sandra Bullock’s house in the Garden District, listen to the Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf, we won’t dissuade you. We’ve done these things, too. We’ve also done other things. Many, many, many more. To our past guests who have written reviews online, positive or negative, thank you for sharing your experience of our inn with the whole wide world. Our reputation is our business. Future guests, if you chose us based on the reviews you’ve read online, please pay it forward for the adventurers who will follow you who are considering staying at La Belle Esplanade.

La Belle Esplanade is a boutique experience inn that caters to people who enjoy surprises. When you stay here, you do get a bed, naturally, and breakfast is included in the price, but we aren't what you think of when you think "B&B." There is little that is twee or kitsch about our inn. Our breakfast is curated based on what local delicacies are available in season. Our suites are decorated to evoke what it is like to be mesmerized by your surroundings. Ours is a quirky inn, steeped in history and whimsy. Every room is a different color. If you are bored in New Orleans, it isn’t the city’s fault. Nobody says their stay is too long—-it’s always the opposite. Better three days in New Orleans than two weeks spent anywhere else.

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La Belle Esplanade

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