Find your New Orleans Home

Don’t be lost in New Orleans.  Find your New Orleans home.  It’s on Esplanade Avenue.  Good memories are made on our street.  Welcome to La Belle Esplanade.

Thinking about moving to New Orleans?  Talk to two New Orleans goodwill ambassadors.  Frau Schmitt, who is the better half of this operation, and your humble narrator, enjoy sharing all we know about this wonderful city we call home.  There is more to New Orleans than Bourbon Street.  There is more to New Orleans than the French Quarter.  If you are thinking about moving to New Orleans, take the recommendations of two people who have lived here for two years now.  Twelve years out, post-Katrina New Orleans is a different cityscape than any other place you’ve ever thought of living in.  New Orleans is magical.



The future of New Orleans is at La Belle Esplanade
It’s the orange house in the middle.

There is more to New Orleans than meets the eye.  When you visit New Orleans like a tourist, you’ll get the tourist-eye view of our magnificent city, but you’ll only get the smallest sample of our deep and richly woven culture.  New Orleans is like nowhere else you have ever visited, the same way that La Belle Esplanade is unlike any other hotel you have ever stayed in.  New Orleans is magical.  Esplanade Avenue is a beautiful street in the New Orleans matrix.  Come see for yourself.



You can do better than Bourbon Street.  You can do a heckuva lot better.

People do live in the French Quarter.  It takes a special kind of person to be in the middle of that hubbub every day and enjoy it.  Frankly, it would drive me nuts.  That said, the Quarter does have it’s own gravitational pull.  If you are visiting New Orleans, you should spend some time in the French Quarter.  You have to go to Bourbon Street, after all, because when you get home all your friends are gonna ask you, “Isn’t Bourbon Street crazy?”


Bourbon Street may be crazy but that’s only because it’s crowded with people from out of town who are behaving like they never would at home.  You find too many New Orleanians getting stumbling drunk and carrying on on Bourbon Street.  It’s a milieu for visitors.

Esplanade Avenue is the opposite of crazy.  I wouldn’t say it’s sedate, but it is quiet.  Things happen every day around Esplanade Avenue.  We do live in a real city.  What happens is off the usual tourist radar, and that’s the way the people who live here like it.

Within four blocks of our inn, there is a used cookbook store, a pharmacy, a bank, an oyster restaurant, our neighborhood bar, two coffee shops, a cupcake shop, an art gallery, a theater, an all-you-can-eat Cajun buffet, a little supermarket, a hair salon, a bike shop, a gas station, a cardiologist, a dentist, a recording studio, three museums, and a yoga studio.  I’m sure I’m forgetting some things.  We live in a real city.

Be a New Orleanian wherever you are but you should most especially be a New Orleanian when you’re in New Orleans.  Don’t be some boorish yahoo from out-of-town.  Stay in the real New Orleans while you are here.  Stay at La Belle Esplanade.  Let us be your New Orleans headquarters for the duration of your stay.  No one ever says their visit is too long.  It is always too short.  Stay for as long as you can.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

where every day is a curated breakfast salon of local delicacies and good conversation.

Friday, December 8, 2017:  Another beautiful day.  Every day in New Orleans is beautiful.  The sun is beautiful.  The moon is beautiful.  The neighbors are beautiful.

TODAY’S FLASHBACK:  11/26/2013: New Orleans Hotel Deals.