Getting Around New Orleans.

Most people who stay with us don’t rent a car.  There’s no need to.  If you don’t mind walking or taking public transportation, getting around New Orleans is easy.  We also have a mature and large fleet of licensed taxis.  In addition, don’t worry, you technology early adapters, we have Uber in New Orleans, too.  For those who prefer a clean conscience from their ride sharing app, we also have Lyft.

Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation.  When we have a dinner date with friends in the French Quarter or across town, we take the bus.  The 91 bus stops right in front of our hotel.  Why not?  I love it when people take the bus.  You’ll see a part of New Orleans that most visitors never see, and not only because the bus goes through neighborhoods where people actually live.  The bus routes are laid out for commuters and people going about their lives.  Take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar on a Saturday afternoon and everyone packed on the streetcar will be from out of town.  Take the bus on a Saturday afternoon and you’ll be in the company of New Orleanians, the friendliest people in America.  Be a New Orleanian while you’re here.  You won’t regret it.

I have to admit, though, we usually take our motor scooters to run errands.  Here’s a picture of me on mine:

Getting around New Orleans
There are all sorts of vistas in New Orleans. Two wheels, like two feet, will set you free.


You don’t need an engine to get around New Orleans, though.  Two feet are enough to get you around the city, exploring, finding all kinds of surprising details.  New Orleans is a cornucopia for the eye, for the nose, and for the heart.  Even the sidewalks have personality in New Orleans.  Stroll around.  It’s beautiful here.  Getting around New Orleans takes no more effort than getting out of bed.  Getting out of bed is a pleasure in New Orleans, especially at La Belle Esplanade.  Every morning, we serve up good neighborhood delicacies and good conversation.


A day in New Orleans is a symphony of one fascinating detail after another, after another.  It really is magical here.  The streetscapes are a play of light and shade, hue and tone, call and response.  Everyone is friendly.  Everyone on the street says hello.  How do you know someone you pass in New Orleans isn’t from here?  Those are the people staring at their phones as they trip on the sidewalks.

Keep your wits about you.  Enjoy your surroundings.  You’ll find out what it means to fall in love with New Orleans.

If you are bored in New Orleans, you have a hole in your imagination.  You can get around anywhere, anytime, in New Orleans.  Ours is a 24 hour-a-day city.  There is always something going on.  There are plenty of paid taxis.  There are plenty of Ubers and Lyfts.  Our neighborhood is thick with them.  The average wait time is less than two minutes.  We are close to the French Quarter but our neighborhood is in a world of its own.  Close to the tourist action but also vibrant with local activity as people come and go, eat, love, laugh, and make good memories.

Good memories are made on our street.

You don’t have to visit New Orleans next week but you should visit New Orleans at one time in your life.  If you don’t, you won’t know what you are missing.  When you choose to stay in New Orleans, we are a very small personalized hotel.  We only have five suites.  We can talk about all the tourist must-sees you read about in the guide books but if you are looking for more, if you are looking for the real New Orleans, that’s what we are here for.  We are New Orleans goodwill ambassadors.  You are the right website if you are looking for a place to stay where you’ll appreciate the real New Orleans.

If you are staying by the Lake Pontchartain, we recently saw a boat that makes for another excellent way for getting around New Orleans, at least around the lakefront areas.

The Bat Boat in New Orleans! Holy Lagniappe!


We also have the Blue Bikes, a pay-as-you go city-wide bike rental system that has stations all over the city.  We have one two blocks from our hotel in one direction, and three blocks in the other direction.  They’re everywhere.  Many of our guests enjoy using the Blue Bikes.  it is a very efficient way to cover a lot of ground.

Here’s the video:


No matter how you want to be getting around New Orleans, you have plenty of options.  You can always rent a car, but we don’t recommend it.  When we’re not taking out scooters, we walk or take the bus.  If we are going far Uptown, we take a taxi.  Neither Frau Schmitt nor I have ever used Uber or Lyft.  We’re not here to judge.  We just haven’t found a need to sign up.  You have plenty of options.  We also like to take a streetcar when we’re not in a hurry.  You’ll be on vacation so you won’t be in a hurry—take the streetcar!  You’ll enjoy the ride.

Have a great New Orleans day wherever you happen to find yourself today.  We hope you’ll have one here soon.

La Belle Esplanade

…ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans and in Louisiana, #3 in the U.S., and the #17 place to stay in the whole world.

Monday, June 11, 2018: You’ll never guess what we did today.  You can’t.  It was a perfect New Orleans day.  To know New Orleans, you have to experience it firsthand.  That’s what we’re here to share.  When you’re ready, you know where to find us: in the bright orange house with blue shutters on Esplanade Avenue.  –À votre santé.