New Orleans is flat and it is full of details.  Most people who stay with us walk everywhere.  You won’t realize how far you’ll walk in a day because the city is just that interesting.  Walking, you’ll be able to soak up the ambience of this wonderful city we call home.  Everyone is friendly and happy to give you directions if you get lost.  You’ll see.  Strolling New Orleans is a very pleasant way to spend a day.

BUSES.

The 91 bus runs down Esplanade Avenue between the Cemeteries and Jackson Avenue. The 84 bus runs on Galvez and North Miro Streets, from The Lower 9th Ward to the Central Business District. Both the 91 and 84 buses connect to the Canal Streetcar Line. The bus costs $1.25 per trip, and a transfer costs an extra quarter. A day pass can be purchased for $3.00 and it is good for all buses and all streetcars.  It’s the best deal in town.  Download the app (RTA Go Mobile) and you can buy a day pass on your phone and have access to all the bus and streetcar schedules.

I love it when people take the bus.  We do.  The buses go to parts of New Orleans few tourists get to see and there are interesting things along the route where you can hop off.  The buses run every half hour on weekends and every hour on weekends and holidays.

NEW ORLEANS STREETCARS.

The Canal Street Streetcar stops at the City Park end of Esplanade Avenue. It runs down Carrolton Ave. and turns on Canal down to the French Quarter. Coming from the Quarter, make sure to take the City Park Streetcar. The Cemeteries Streetcar will take you to, well, the cemeteries at the end of Canal Street.  We always recommend taking the streetcar from City Park to the Quarter.  It runs through some interesting neighborhoods and you’ll see a part of New Orleans you may not normally see.

This isn’t a trolley. It’s the City Park stop of the Canal Streetcar Line.

The Rampart Streetcar runs along Rampart Street, the boundary of the French Quarter, from Elysian Fields Avenue and the train station on Calliope Street.  We don’t usually recommend this line unless it’s there on Rampart Street when you reach it via Esplanade Avenue.  It is a short and interesting walk to Elysian Fields Avenue in one direction and, in the other direction, it’s only 12 blocks to Canal Street which you can probably walk in the amount of time it may take to wait for the streetcar.  After Canal Street, this streetcar goes through the Central Business District, which is a real part of New Orleans, but not the most interesting part in our opinion, unless you want to go to City Hall or the train station or the Super Dome.

The Riverfront Streetcar stops at the French Market on the French Quarter end of Esplanade Avenue. It isn’t a very scenic route and we recommend walking through the French Quarter rather than taking the Riverfront Line, but it’s there.

Taxis are easy to find in the French Quarter, in the Marigny, and in the Central Business District. They will take travelers to La Belle Esplanade for less than ten dollars. When called, taxis usually arrive at 2216 Esplanade Avenue in five minutes to take passengers to where they want to go.

The best way to experience Esplanade Avenue is on foot. La Belle Esplanade’s address makes most of the interesting things in New Orleans within easy and pleasurable walking distance.

PARKING.

We do have secure parking located in the rear of the property off Barracks Street. I can’t remember the last time someone parked in the lot in back, including the people who live here. Except during Jazz Fest and a few other times of the year, there is usually ample parking in front of the inn. La Belle Esplanade shares its parking lot with an apartment building next door. During Jazz Fest, tenants are usually given first rights to available spaces. If you would like to guarantee secure parking during Jazz Fest, please contact us in advance to reserve this at an additional $25.00 per day.

BICYCLES.

We used to offer bicycles to our guests, but few people used them.  It’s too bad because New Orleans is very flat.  After they broke down, we never replaced them.  We can recommend Flambeaux Tours for a bike rental.  Take a bike tour while you’re at it.  We recommend the tour, but they’ll rent you a bike even if you don’t take the tour.  Eric, who owns the shop is passionate about New Orleans and everyone of the tour guides will share information about New Orleans’ neighborhoods that you won’t get outside of talking to your hosts at La Belle Esplanade.

Blue Bikes are all over New Orleans.  This is a bike share program.  There are stations all over the city and four or five around La Belle Esplanade, conveniently located.  Check out their website to download their app and learn more.

TAXIS, UBER AND LYFT.

As a city that sometimes has more visitors than residents, New Orleans has a robust taxi fleet.  There are always cabs in the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street, a 5-10 minute drive from our address; $5-10 depending on where you start.  Uber and Lyft are also available if you are so inclined.  Even though Uber’s regional headquarters is down the street from us, we always take a taxi.

AND THERE’S MORE…..

Getting around New Orleans
There is more than one way for getting around New Orleans.

You can rent a motor scooter for the day from Avenue Scooters.  This is the shop we support for our primary modes of transportation.  We highly recommend them.

Nobody ever says their visit to New Orleans is too long.you can just click here  It is always too short.  The longer you are here, the more you’ll realize how much more there is to discover and explore regardless of how you get there.  Five nights is the perfect amount of time to get a real taste of the authentic New Orleans.  Longer is always better.  No one is ever bored in New Orleans.  If you only have three nights, no worries.  We’re here for you.  Our “Check Availability” button is on the top of this page, or to see what suites we have available for the dates you want to visit.

We look forward to meeting you.

La Belle Esplanade is ranked the #1 inn in New Orleans and in Louisiana, the #3 inn in the U.S., the #17 place to stay in the whole world.  Welcome to the New Orleans State of Mind.

——-The people have spoken!——