New Orleans Loves You

New Orleans loves you.

Alright, I said it aloud.  New Orleans loves you.  If you’ve already spent time in New Orleans, it’s no secret.  You already know New Orleans loves you.  New Orleans misses you, too, and New Orleans patiently waits for you to return.  If you haven’t spent any time in New Orleans yet, what are you waiting for?  New Orleans loves you.

Can you hear?  In New Orleans, everywhere, there is more than enough music to fill your ears.  In their core notes, every song is a love song.  Come find out what it means to miss New Orleans.  New Orleans loves you.

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks here at La Belle Esplanade.  That’s why our patented Best Written Blog in New Orleans has been lighter than usual with its updates.  This is the slow season in New Orleans.  There aren’t a lot of visitors to our fair city.  There’s nobody here but us innkeepers.  Nothing much has happened to report.   —-Now don’t get funny and ask why that’s never stopped me before!

Frau Schmitt and I are taking advantage of this slow season to make some changes to La Belle Esplanade, a boutique experience inn on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.  Our inn has five suites and we tend to stay fairly busy during the busy season.  During the busy months the walls and the furniture absorb their share of wear and tear.  We use the slow season to buff paint scratches and and to patch scuffs, to tighten screws, to replace gaskets and smoke detector batteries, and that’s about it.

We don’t find much need to do repairs to fixtures, plumbing, appliances, or electrical wiring in August because we keep up with these things year round.  If you tell us in the morning that something in the house isn’t working, we will undoubtably have it fixed by early afternoon, lickety-split with no fiddle-faddling around.  Ours is a top notch operation.  Frau Schmitt and your humble narrator are professional.  We are mom and pop, but we are not Mom and Pop, if you know what I mean.

More and more, I’ve grown to dislike calling La Belle Esplanade a bed-and-breakfast.  I prefer to refer to our humble operation as not another hotel.  “Don’t just stay at another hotel when you visit New Orleans.  Stay at La Belle Esplanade.  We’re not another hotel.”

I don’t know how interested you are in our seasonal business cycles or our marketing philosophy, so let’s play ‘Before and After’ instead.

Here’s a picture of a corner of our lobby before August, 2017.  Maestro!  Please, BEFORE—-

Mardi Gras Flowers
Mardi Gras flowers in our lobby, c. 2011


The ceilings throughout the inn are twelve and a half feet tall.  We have a lot of wall space to fill in the lobby so when we opened we set up a display of Mardi Gras flowers close to the picture moulding.  These are paper flowers that a particular craftsman we know makes to festoon Mardi Gras floats.  This is how he makes his living and he sells his leftover manilla board flowers at Mardi Gras’ end.  We were lucky enough to be able to purchase a few.  We hung them in our lobby.  You can see them today.

The display has always been attractive enough.  It has always gotten plenty of compliments, not only from out-of-town guests but also from New Orleans connoisseurs of such things.  If you live in New Orleans, you know a fully blown and full bloom, manilla-board-petal Mardi Gras flower from a saggy crepe paper weed.

Our lobby display of Mardi Gras flowers has always been attractive enough but I’ve been sitting in the lobby the past few months and I thought that corner of the room needed a little more oomph.

Mind you, La Belle Esplanade’s lobby is also home to The New Orleans Odditarium, which is another kettle of fish altogether.  I’m not going to discuss the Odditarium here except to include a link and then get on with our story.

So, the uptown lakeside corner of the downtown room in the lobby needed some oomph.  To make a long story short, I bought some blank papier maché masks, spray painted them, and added eyes and tongues.  I hung the masks amidst the flowers and now that whole corner looks a lot better.

Maetsro, please.  Ready?  Hee-e-e-e-e-e-ere’s AFTER—–

New Orleans loves you!
Mardi Gras flowers and masks in our lobby, La Belle Esplanade, c. 2017.

That looks so much better.  New Orleans loves you.

It usually doesn’t take much to make something better when you start close to its zenith.  When you’re at rock bottom, there is no way to go but up.  Get there by leaps and bounds.  The best is yet to come. New Orleans loves you.  Good memories are made on Esplanade Avenue.

La Belle Esplanade is not another hotel.  We put a lot of thought and care and attention-to-detail into every aspect of every room, and into breakfast, too.  We are goodwill ambassadors for this amazing city we call home.  You call it New Orleans.  We do, too.  New Orleans loves you.

La Belle Esplanade is like the Ritz, if the Ritz were in a historic mansion outside the French Quarter, and run by two people.  Nothing makes me happier than when a guests tells us they stayed with us six nights and every day they discovered something new in their suite.  New Orleans loves you.  New Orleans is also full of surprises.  Good memories are made on our street.  Come see for yourself.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

where every morning starts with a curated breakfast salon in a New Orleans state of mind.

Sunday, August 13, 2017:  No rain today.  No rain today.  No rain today.  New Orleans loves you.