An Angel’s Dream

In a New Orleans state of mind, even angels dream of spending a few nights on Esplanade Avenue in the bright orange house with blue shutters.  Who can blame them?  If there is anywhere on earth that is close to Heaven, it is New Orleans.  The best part of New Orleans can be found in the neighborhoods that branch off Esplanade Avenue.  The best small hotel in this wonderful city we call home is La Belle Esplanade.  Read the reviews.  They are all honest reports from people who have stayed at our boutique bed and breakfast inn.  644 reviews (at the time that I write this) and not a dud in the bunch.

No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, New Orleans is here for you.  La Belle Esplanade is here for you, too.  We live in a magical city, a stupendous place where there are freshly pleasant surprises around every corner.  You never know what you’ll find when you go down any street but you can expect it to be good.  Everyone is friendly in New Orleans.  If there are angels in this world, they are called New Orleanians.  There is Southern hospitality, and that is good, and there is New Orleans hospitality.  New Orleans hospitality is tops.

Welcome to our world.


The Green Fairy
The spirit of absinth in a French Quarter bar

It’s not the ever-present cocktails or the absinthe on tap that makes New Orleans magical.  It is the people who choose to call this remarkable city home.  I know.  I live here.  These people are my neighbors.  They are the best people I’ve ever had the opportunity to call my neighbors.  When we first opened La Belle Esplanade as a small artisanal hotel (we only have five suites) people told us that we are located too far from the French Quarter—-it’ll never work.  Never say never.  It’s working.

Our inn is located close to the French Quarter and all the tourist action, but it is in a real, authentic New Orleans neighborhood.  There are five small family-run museums within a half mile of our address where you can learn all about New Orleans culture.  Last time I counted, there are 60 restaurants, many of them nationally famous, located a picturesque stroll from our front door.  We live on a beautiful street.  New Orleans is a city full of delightful details.  You’ll see.  Forget all your cares and get yourself into a New Orleans state of mind.


New Orleans culture is densely woven and richly textured.  It is a celebratory parti-colored tapestry of song and dance and good meals and good memories.  The best memories are made on Esplanade Avenue.  I witness their creation every day.  Savor New Orleans like you live here, like you belong here.  You do belong here.  Make La Belle Esplanade the home base for your grand New Orleans adventures.  Fortune favors the bold.  Use your better intuition.  You do belong here.  No one ever says their visit is too short.  Stay for as long as you can manage with your regular job.  Your real profession is expanding your horizons and making the most of the life you’ve been given.  New Orleans is here to help you reach your potential.

New Orleans is a world of its own.  There are angels on every street corner.  Some of them are guardians, some of them are here to inspire your better instincts.  Be open to what New Orleans has to offer you.  Don’t be satisfied with the typical tourist treadmill.  When you have New Orleans on your mind, the world appears a better place.  That’s a nice place to be.

You have a goodwill ambassador here to help you navigate New Orleans’ byways and back alleys.  Ours is a city full of delights and happy surprises.  Frau Schmitt, who is the better half of this operation, always tells me that we should be envious of the people who choose to stay at La Belle Esplanade.  She is right, of course.  We have already experienced New Orleans for the first time.  You’ll never forget your first visit to Esplanade Avenue.  Love is in the air.

Your #1 New Orleans hotelier
This New Orleans goodwill ambassador is at your service


There is a physical New Orleans and then there is a New Orleans of the heart.  Keep your eyes open in this wonderful city we call home and you’ll learn what it means to fall in love with New Orleans.  We’re here for you.  You have two friends on Esplanade Avenue.    Follow our blog, follow us on Facebook, subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.  Keep yourself in a New Orleans state of mind.  There is regular happy, and then there is New Orleans happy.  When you’re ready to visit, you know where to find us: we’re in the bright orange house with blue shutters.  Good memories are made on our street.

We only have five suites.  Ours is a small artisanal operation.  You know how you get the best beer from a craft brewery.  Well, you get the best hospitality from a craft hotel.  We know what we’re doing.  Let us share the real New Orleans with you, not the off-the-rack version.  Plug your dates into our calendar and see what we have available.  Plan ahead.  With only five suites we tend to fill up early.

Stay as long as you can.  No one ever says their visit to New Orleans is too long.  They always say it is too short.  The longer you are here, the more you’ll realize how much more there is to discover and explore.  There are good surprises around every corner.  New Orleans blooms with happiness.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us, that’s what we’re here for.  We look forward to meeting you in person.

À votre santè!

La Belle Esplanade

#1 in New Orleans for good reasons!
Part of the .0001% of the global hospitality industry.
2019 Travelers' Choice
Two years in a row: one of the top 0.001% best place to stay.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019: Every day in New Orleans is a good day.  Today was a particularly good day.  I’ll tell you about it over breakfast when you are here.  The best memories are made on Esplanade Avenue.