Before and After in New Orleans

I’m not gonna talk about what life is like before and after in New Orleans when you visit here, when you live here, or when you first learn about New Orleans.  You can read about this kind of folderol in any number of other authoritative and subjective sources.  What I’m talking about today when it comes to before and after in New Orleans is getting your car washed.

I’m an innkeeper.  Most of my professional day is spent with people who fly to New Orleans and most of those people don’t have a private jet that needs a washing between flights.  I know you aren’t coming to New Orleans to get your car washed.  After seeing this video you may want to, but who takes a carwash vacation?


Discover another side of New Orleans
New Orleans is a city of before and after


Remember my old blog post about the time I heard the song Carwash played by an 9-piece funk band in the French Quarter?  No?  Well, I do but I can’t find it in our archives. It’s a classic story and it will be well worth your time rereading, as all of our extensive blog archives are, if you have to time to go back to the beginning, almost five years ago, and work your way forward the way Frau Schmitt and I have since we’ve opened our inn.

I always say, Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation and that sentiment has always been a part of this blog, as well as a part of your humble narrator’s life.  It was Frau Schmitt’s birthday yesterday.  You can wish her a happy birthday when you finally meet her in person.

Here’s the before part of what I’m talking about.  Actually its more during.  I didn’t shoot any fascinating shaky-cam video of our dirty car.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the next 3 minutes and 30 seconds listening to my melodious voice and the sound of the wind blowing into the microphone.  Life in New Orleans doesn’t get much better than this, unless you’re enjoying a sno-ball at Pontilly Sno:



No wonder we’re the #1 inn in Louisiana (and in New Orleans, it goes without saying since New Orleans is in Louisiana).  We got notification of our 2017 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor yesterday.

The best place to stay in New Orleans
Four years in a row. How long have we been open? —A little over four years.


Here’s the documentary of what the car looked like when I got it home.  I should start a career as a documentary film director:



If none of the above has convinced you that La Belle Esplanade is the most interesting place to stay in New Orleans, nothing will.  Granted, we don’t try too hard to attract business.  We just do what we do as goodwill ambassadors for this amazing city we call home.  If you want to visit New Orleans like a local, and have a top-notch boutique experience while you’re here, I’ve got three simple words for you: La Belle Esplanade.  Good memories are made in New Orleans.  The best memories are made on our street.  What are you waiting for?  We live on a beautiful street.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

New Orleans is…  not so much a riddle as a puzzle that is easily solved.

Saturday, June 24, 2017: It rained briefly this afternoon.  Before that it was all blue skies and sunshine.  After the rain, guess what?  More blue skies and sunshine.  Reports of New Orleans rain are often overrated.