New Orleans’ House of Good Ideas

It’s easy to have a bad idea.  One could say that the human race is predisposed to have them.  Bad ideas come naturally to us.  I know I’ve had my share.  You can’t swing a dead cat in New Orleans, or anywhere else, without hitting someone who has had a bad idea.  And, then, there is La Belle Esplanade.  Our boutique experience is a House of New Orleans Good Ideas.  How do I know?

Good memories are made Esplanade Avenue.

I’m not going to refer to the 458 five-star reviews we’ve received on Trip Advisor in less than five years of being in business.  [I’m well aware that providing the link to those reviews just proved that I am referring to those reviews.]  Instead, I’m going to let this blog and this website be our guide to why our humble establishment is a House of New Orleans Good Ideas.

La Belle Esplanade is different.  Unless you are a regular reader, or you have already stayed with us, you may be asking yourself, “In what way?”  Scratch your head no longer, bon ami.  Here’s why:

We don’t like to refer to La Belle Esplanade as a bed and breakfast.  If you choose to stay with us, you’ll get a bed and we do offer a complimentary curated breakfast of things we pick up every morning around the neighborhood, but that’s not exactly what we’re about.  I always say that we don’t sell beds and we don’t sell food.  Frau Schmitt, who is the better half of this operation, agrees with me.  Frau Schmitt is usually right about these things.  Your humble narrator, who is the public face of this boutique experience New Orleans inn, is much more interested in communicating to you why you should stay outside the French Quarter, in a real New Orleans neighborhood.   Visit like you live here.  Visit like you belong in New Orleans.  Welcome to the New Orleans State of Mind.

Most of the bed and breakfasts we’ve stayed in are all about a room and a morning meal.  It’s a bed and a morning meal in an old house, but so what?  I don’t like paying good money to stay in somebody’s spare bedroom.  If you want to do that, that’s why AirBnB was invented.

Frau Schmitt and I are innkeepers.  When people ask what we do for a living, that’s what we answer.  People have an idea of what that word means.  I prefer to think of us as micro-hoteliers.  Ours is a full-time profession.  La Belle Esplanade is not a collection of rooms in our house, rather, La Belle Esplanade is your home for as long as you choose to stay in New Orleans.  Ours is a House of New Orleans Good Ideas.  We might change our inn’s name to just that.  It fits.

Your New Orleans Lifestyle Headquarters.


Good memories are not commodities
Good memories are not commodities


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the official classification of our profession is 11-9081.  We’re Lodging Managers.  Trust government bureaucracy to suck the romance out of any human endeavor.  We do “plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization that provides lodging.”  We can’t argue with that definition.  We, like you, are not a number, though.  When you are in New Orleans, nobody is a number.  No one is a statistic.  We are all New Orleanians, in the mix together, vibrant, alive, and dancing like nobody is watching.  What’s it like to live in New Orleans?  It’s like dancing while nobody is watching.

Our inn is a showplace.  It’s beautiful.  You don’t pay good money to stay in a flophouse.  The beds are comfortable, the sheets are clean.  The towels are clean, too.  The environment is interesting and full of surprises, like the city we call home.  There is always something interesting to discover at La Belle Esplanade.  Our lobby is home to The New Orleans Odditarium, a real museum that has it’s own website.  When you stay with us, you have unlimited access to the Odditarium’s intriguing exhibits of professionally curated collection of curios and curiosities.  The New Orleans Odditarium is home to a bushelful of New Orleans good ideas.

La Belle Esplanade is on Esplanade Avenue—in New Orleans!

We consciously chose not to name our inn “Inn,” or “guest house,” or “hotel.”  We named our inn after our street, Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans which truly is une belle esplanade.  A day spent in our neighborhood, on our street, is a respite from workaday cares.  A day spent on our street and in our neighborhood is a sliver of heaven on earth.  I live here.  I have lived long enough to tell the tale, which I do 2-3 times per week on this blog.  Thanks for reading.

You never know what you’ll find in New Orleans when you turn a corner.

If you’re the kind of person who is open to stumbling across New Orleans good ideas, well, consider taking our advice and staying at La Belle Esplanade.  You never know what you’ll find when you turn a corner in New Orleans outside the French Quarter.  We live in a kaleidoscope of a city.  We call it home.  You should, too.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

where every morning begins with a curated breakfast salon of good food and good conversation.

Friday, June 9, 2017:  The nine days before today, we received 14 inches of rain, and it didn’t even rain nonstop, just in fits and bursts.  Clear skies forecast for the foreseeable future.  Clear skies and the sunniest weather in New Orleans.  What else could you ask for?