#3 Place to stay in the U.S.

I know a secret.  I know who won the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for 2018.  Would you like to know it, too?

Here is a hint:

This particular inn is ranked #17 out of the top 25 inns in the world.

Think about that.  Close your eyes and imagine all the small boutique inns and bed and breakfasts in the world.  There must be a couple million of them.  They are all on TripAdvisor being reviewed by the people who stay there. This inn is one of the top 25 places to stay IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

Still don’t know?  Here is another hint:

This place is also ranked #3 out of the top 25 inns in the U.S.

Out of all the unique places to stay in all 50 states, this one takes the bronze.  Taking the bronze doesn’t sound as good as taking the gold or the silver, but it sure sounds a lot better than everything after that.  #3 in the United States.  Let that sink in for a moment.  This place must really be exceptional.

You’re not traveling the whole world.  You’re not even traveling the whole United States.  You’re only coming to New Orleans and you want to stay at the top-rated 5-star small hotel in its class.  Guess what?  I’ve got good news for you, chum.

La Belle Esplanade is ranked #1 of the 140 small inns and B&Bs in New Orleans.  We have been for almost 4 years.  Now you know.

Live long and prosper in New Orleans!
Also ranked #1 in the United Federation of Planets, too.



If you are looking to make good memories while you’re in New Orleans, the best kind, Frau Schmitt and I will be happy to share what we know about this magical city we call home.  If you like reading our blog and think you’ll like meeting your humble narrator, wait’ll you meet Frau Schmitt.  She’s the better half of this operation. Me?  I’m just the face of the place.


Have breakfast with this gent!
Have an interesting breakfast conversation with the most interesting man in New Orleans.


#17 in the world.  #3 in the U.S.  #1 in New Orleans.

#1 in the United Federation of Planets.

Frau Schmitt and I are both proud and humbled to have won this year’s award.  You’ve heard of the 1 percent?  When it comes to the hospitality industry, La Belle Esplanade is in the .001 percent.

Frau Schmitt and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has stayed with us over the past 5 years we’ve been open.  We could’t do what we do without guests, especially the kind of guests who choose to make La Belle Esplanade the headquarters for their New Orleans adventures.

We would also like to thank everyone who has shared their experiences on TripAdvisor over the years.  Online reviews are 21st century word-of-mouth.  Our 5-star reputation is our main source of business.  More people find us through TripAdvisor than through any other source, so, thank you for reviewing your stay at La Belle.  We really do appreciate it and all the guests who decided to stay here after reading your reviews appreciate it, too.

The people have spoken!

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

a place unlike any other hotel you have ever stayed at—in the best ways.

Monday, January 29, 2018.  Another beautiful day in New Orleans.