You belong here

We’re here for you in New Orleans

You belong in New Orleans in December.  I’m here.  I have the photo to prove it.

You belong here
You belong in New Orleans. In a New Orleans state of mind, you are here. Welcome aboard.

We are here for you in New Orleans all year long.

December in New Orleans is magical, the way every time in New Orleans is magical, but it’s more so this time of year because no one really comes for Christmas in New Orleans.  Don’t ask me why.  It’s beautiful.  The city is all lit up.  The weather is nicer than wherever you live.  New Orleanians will be bundled up as soon as the mercury drops below 70 but people from out of town will be walking around in tee shirts and shorts.  Write New Orleans adventure.  Show up.

Every month in New Orleans is magical.  We’re here for you in New Orleans.  We are here to share what it’s like to live in this wonderful city we call home.  I live in New Orleans.  When you visit, you should visit like you live here, too.  There are pleasant surprises around every corner in New Orleans, even if you know what to expect.  All of New Orleans is good.  New Orleans is like nowhere else on God’s green and blue earth.  The real New Orleans is here for you.

I walked around our neighborhood this morning, as I do every morning.  Here is a house around he corner from our address:

A happy house in New Orleans
This house is two blocks from the Fairgrounds race track.

Here is another.  This is our address:

You belong here
Your New Orleans headquarters when you’re ready to Visit New Orleans like a New Orleanian, off the tourist radar.

This is the colorful mansion on Esplanade Avenue that can be your New Orleans headquarters while you are here.  Good memories are made in New Orleans during every day in every month.  The best memories start at La Belle Esplanade.  Our five-suite craft hotel is here for you in New Orleans.  Get off the usual tourist radar and live New Orleans like you belong here.  Why?  Because you do belong in New Orleans.  We’re here for you.

Here is another picture of a house in our colorful part of New Orleans.

blue house in New Orleans.
The blue house on Lafreniere Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Our part of the city is totally interesting.  When you want to Visit New Orleans like you live here, you know where to find us.  You are on the right website.  La Belle Esplanade has been ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans on TripAdvisor since April 2014.  Follow us on Facebook if you’re tempted to do so.  We post on Facebook 2, 3, 4, or more times a day to keep you in a New Orleans state of mind.  Sign up for our occasional newsletter (the form is at the bottom of this page) and we’ll mail you real mail—the kind with a stamp,  We’ll mail you a guide to our neighborhood signed by the author.

Follow the other blog we sponsor, too.  It’s called, unsurprisingly, A New Orelans State of Mind.

If you’re not a typical tourist, you belong in the authentic New Orleans, where we are.  We only have five suites so we tend to fill up early.  Plan ahead!  Here is a link to our calendar, click it and make a reservation today.  You won’t regret it.  Good memories are made in New Orleans every day.  The best memories begin at La Belle Esplanade.  We look forward to meeting you and to sharing our part of New Orleans with you.

2019 TripAdvisor Award

The people have spoken, two years in a row, awarding La Belle Esplanade within the top five small hotels in the United States.