Don’t just stay in the French Quarter!!

Of course you can stay in the French Quarter when you visit New Orleans, especially if this is your first visit.  I’ve got nothing against the Quarter.  It is the historic heart of New Orleans and it is where most of the tourist attractions you’ve heard of are, but there is more to New Orleans than the French Quarter.  If you want to explore and learn what it’s like to really live in New Orleans, and what makes this city great, it’s not a bunch of drunken bachelorette parties and conventioneers on Bourbon Street.  Those are the people who help pay the bills.  The rest of the city is why people choose to make their homes here.  Don’t just stay in the French Quarter if you want to explore authentic New Orleans.  Here’s an option…..

la belle esplanade
La Belle Esplanade. #1 in NOLA, #2 in the U.S., #16 in the world.

Now, I’m not going to send you to Hollygrove, Leonidas, Zion City, Pigeon Town, Black Pearl, The New Marigny, Navarre, Milneburg, Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine, Little Woods, or any other places you’ve never heard of in New Orleans.  I don’t mind sending you places you’ve never heard of, mind you, but I like to send you to parts of the city that 1.) are within range, and 2. contain a mix of businesses, picturesque architecture, cultural institutions, and restaurants.  You never know what you’ll find when you turn a corner in New Orleans, but some parts are more interesting to the casual visitor than others.


A little French Quarter goes a long way with the kind of people who choose to stay at La Belle Esplanade.  Most people who stay with us greatly prefer Frenchmen Street over Bourbon Street, but you’ll learn that quickly enough.  Is Frenchmen the street where locals go to listen to music?  Occasionally, especially when we want to hang out with a lot of people who are from out of town.

Don’t just stay in the French Quarter or on Frenchmen Street if you want an authentic New Orleans experience.  We know other places where you can listen to music.  Most of them are just a picturesque blocks away from the Quarter and Frenchmen.  You’ll be the only person in there from out of town.  If you want to bump into someone from where you’re from—-go to the French Quarter.  It’s a small world.  It’s a small Vieux Carré at .49 sq. miles of land.

Getting around New Orleans is fun
One way to get around New Orleans.

You don’t have to take a mule drawn cart.  You don’t even need to take Uber.  New Orleans is a real city.  Public transportation is convenient, if not always timely—that’s part of the adventure.


Take the streetcar.  Take the bus.  The city recently started a bike share program that people love.  I don’t use it because I have my own bicycle, but there are Blue Bike stations all over town and they are super-convenient and inexpensive.  Don’t just stay in the French Quarter.  If you are here for more than two days, get off the usual tourist radar and get yourself into the real New Orleans.

That’s what we’re here for.  La Belle Esplanade is close to the French Quarter and Frenchmen and most things you may want to see.  We are also close to things that you don’t know you want to see—-yet.  Once you get here and talking to us over breakfast, and we have an idea of what might interest you, we can point you in the right directions.

You have two friends on Esplanade Avenue.

La Belle Esplanade.

…ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans and in Louisiana, #2 in the U.S., and the #16 place to stay in the whole world.

——-The people have spoken!——

Wednesday, December 19, 2018:  There are plenty of places where you can stay in New Orleans.  Over 18 million people will have visited New Orleans this year.  La Belle Esplanade only has five suites.  Only a lucky few can stay with us to explore The New Orleans State of Mind the way that people who live here enjoy their city.  Be one of the lucky ones.  Here is a link to our calendar.  Plug in your dates and see what we have available.  Plan ahead.  We only have five suites.  Cheers!  -M&M.

Your New Olreans goodwill ambassador.
Your New Orleans goodwill ambassador, a craft hotelier in America’s Most Interesting City.