Le Pelican

Where New Orleans sits on the map was originally a swamp.  While the city has fought for 300 years for its toehold on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, and this is the most urban of of environments, nature is at play everywhere.  In every unoccupied spot there are lizards and beetles and butterflies and palmetto bugs and night herons and crows and pelicans.  Alligators are sometimes sighted in Bayou St. John at the City Park end of our street.  We live in a balmy climate.  When you breathe in New Orleans, you breathe easily.

This second-floor, two-room suite is the most private at La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast. It’s long balcony peeks through the leafy understory of the trees on the property shared by 2216 and 2212 Esplanade Avenue. You can see the Superdome from here.

Painted in a cheery mix of lavender and spring green, this suite makes the most of ambient morning light through the shutters. The balcony is a pleasant place to enjoy that first cup of coffee before breakfast is served.

Furniture includes an elaborate canopy bed, a craftsman style mirror over the historic mantlepiece, all in an airy, high-ceilinged suite that is enchanting in its simplicity. Many guests prefer this suite for romantic getaways, including second honeymoons. There is a private bath with antique claw foot tub.

This suite gets its name from the stenciled pelican motif above the floor. The brown pelican in its piety is Louisiana’s state bird, featured on the flag and on the state seal. Union, Justice, Confidence, is the Pelican State’s motto. Make it yours.


  • Antique full bed
  • Second floor
  • Private rear balcony
  • Flat screen TV
  • Antique clawfoot tub
  • Equipped with shower head
  • Coffee Maker
  • Tea kettle
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Wardrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Free wi-fi
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • In-room refrigerator
  • Complimentary drinks