Fancy Sweet New Orleans

I’m going to assume that you are of an age that you know what I’m referencing when I reference the 1980s sitcom “Cheers.”  Here’s a link to the show’s inspiration.  It’s in Boston.  Before Frau Schmitt and I moved to New Orleans, we lived in Boston.  There are still places like the TV Cheers in Boston.  They aren’t located off Boston Common, but there are still bars and restaurants in Boston where, “everybody knows your name,” where it’s just people getting together on a regular basis to shoot the breeze and connect with each other.  Fancy sweet New Orleans is a place where everyone knows your name when you walk in.  Frau Schmitt and I go to these places every day.  Will you?

Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation.  She is the nicest person you will ever meet.  I know.  I married her.  I am the flashier part of this operation.  That’s why I have no shame in posting a picture of me, your humble narrator, all over the internet.  It’s nice to put a place with a face.  I am, for good or for ill, the face of La Belle Esplanade, the #1 place to stay in New Orleans (and #2 in the United States and #16 in the world, as I never get tired of saying).

New Orleans' most interesting hotelier.
#1 place to stay in New Orleans, #2 in the U.S., #16 in the world. We’re working on that world ranking.

Back to our story, though, New Orleans is a city of 380,000 people.  It is the fiftieth largest city in the United States last time I looked.  It’s a real city, but it is also like a very large town.  We bump into people we know all the time.  It’s nice.  If’s friendly.  I am convinced that New Orleans is the friendliest city in America.  We are all bound by community in New Orleans.

You don’t live here, so you don’t anyone yet.  Stay for long enough and you will.  You’ll be woven into the dense and rich texture of this wonderful city we call home.  Stay for a week.  You belong here.


After Hurricane Katrina, when the levees broke and the city was flooded, the population of New Orleans was officially zero.  The city was evacuated.  Everyone had to leave.  Today, everyone who lives in New Orleans lives here by choice.  When we first moved to the city, five years after Katrina, everyone we met thanked us for showing up and taking part in this grand city-wide experiment.  The population of New Orleans was half of what it is now.  Everyone who has moved here after the flood is dedicated to rebuilding and preserving this wonderful city we call home.  It really is magical in New Orleans.  There is something here that deserves to be preserved.

Another day in New Orleans.
Another day in New Orleans.

When you are ready to visit fancy sweet New Orleans, you know where you should stay.  We know you want to go to the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street.  There is more to New Orleans than that.  It is a wide and wonderful city where we live.  To experience authentic New Orleans first hand, with two New Orleans goodwill ambassadors to guide you, a small artisanal hotel on Esplanade Avenue is your home base and your headquarters for real New Orleans adventures you won’t find in the guidebooks.  Here is link to our calendar.  We only have five unique boutique suites.  Plug in your dates to see what we have available.  We look forward to meeting you and to sharing our part of New Orleans with you.  Good memories are made on our street.

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…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, January 23, 2019: We had lunch today at Mondo, up in the Lakeview neighborhood.  Everyone knew our names.  We got a free round of drinks on the manager and we had a nice chat with our waitress (who doesn’t want her name publicized) on beards, of all things.  She hadn’t seen me in a while and she says that since I’ve shaved my beard off, I have a baby face.  You be the judge:

Have breakfast with this gent and learn some of New Orleans' secrets.
New Orleans is a city of characters. Here is Exhibit A.

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