Travelers’ Choice Hotel

Why do people choose to stay at La Belle Esplanade when they want to experience New Orleans?
I had a conversation with two of our guests this morning. It is their third time visiting our fair city and their second time staying at La Belle. The last time they stayed at La Belle we only had two nights available and they moved to a more traditional B&B after those first two nights. This year, they are back at La Belle during the slow season and we had a full eight nights available for them. Always plan in advance. These two charming guests have made their New Orleans headquarters here at La Belle for eight nights. Why?


It boils down to a couple of things.
One is location. We are close to the tourist action but far enough away where you can get a good night’s sleep. It is quiet in our neighborhood but our neighborhood is also super-interesting, with all sorts of things to discover. Uptown is a nice place to live but not so nice to visit. Uptown is beautiful but kind of boring. The French Quarter is beautiful but it leads to sensory overload when you hear people yelling and singing outside your window at all hours of the day and night. Downtown, where we live, is where real New Orleans is alive and thriving at a livably pleasant pace, where traditions are nourished and where dreams come true.
The future of New Orleans is at La Belle Esplanade
It’s the orange house in the middle.
Two is breakfast. No scrambled eggs or supermarket bagels. You can get that at home. You don’t need me to go to Costco for your most important meal of the day. We offer a curated breakfast buffet of things we pick up around the neighborhood fresh every morning. We think it is important to support our neighborhood shops and to offer a taste of real New Orleans found in the corner bakeries and restaurants, to offer an authentic taste of New Orleans culture that you won’t find anywhere else. Every morning brings a tasty selection of eye-opening surprises.
#2 small hotel in the United States.
A small sample of the curated breakfast at La Belle Esplanade arranged by Frau Schmitt, the better half of this operation.
Three is the conversation and recommendations. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day at La Belle because we sit and talk with our guests every morning and we are happy to talk about whatever you want to talk about. All things New Orleans are topics of discussion. Melanie and I go everywhere, all over the city, and we do everything, all over the city. If you have something that interests you, we have done it and we know where to send you. When you get a recommendation from us, it is because we have been there and done that and we know what we are talking about. We don’t accept kickbacks from tour companies or restaurants. We recommend things based on our first-hand local experience and what we think you will enjoy based on what you tell us you want to see, do, eat, and/or hear.


You don’t need us to point you to the French Quarter. You can find that without our advice. Guidebook New Orleans will suck you into its gravitational pull without us saying a word about it. We are happy to talk about the French Quarter, but there is a whole wide wonderful city out here that is off the usual tourist radar. Real New Orleans is what we are all about.
Having people stay at for a week isn’t unusual. It is the best way to explore and discover what is justifiably called “America’s Most Interesting City.” We live here; we know. We discover new things all the time and we are happy to share what we know about what it is like to really live in New Orleans. It is a city unlike any other that we’ve ever lived in. Every day really is magical in New Orleans.
No matter how much time you have to spend in New Orleans, we hope you’ll check out our website and that you’ll consider La Belle to be your New Orleans headquarters, too. Ours is a city that is densely woven and richly textured. Our address is right in the middle of the most interesting part.


La Belle Esplanade isn’t for everyone. If you just want to get blind drunk on Bourbon Street while listening to dueling pianos play cover tunes of songs you already know, a French Quarter hotel will probably be a better option. For your first time in New Orleans, sure, stay in the French Quarter for two or three nights. Get it out of your system. For advanced placement, that’s why we’re here. La Belle Esplanade is advanced New Orleans placement.
La Belle Esplanade is for people who want to adventure deeper than the surface of what you are told about New Orleans. La Belle Esplanade has been ranked the #1 small hotel in New Orleans by TripAdvisor since April 2014 for good reasons. TripAdvisor also ranks us the #2 small “B&B or Inn” in the United States and #16 in the whole world. You don’t have to believe all the people who have written reviews of their stay with us, but they should count for something. 596 reviews over six years can’t all be wrong.
New Orleans' most interesting hotelier.
#1 place to stay in New Orleans, #2 in the U.S., #16 in the world. We’re working on that world ranking.
You have two friends on Esplanade Avenue. Look over our website. Read our blog, which is sometimes informative and usually entertaining. Follow us on Facebook. Welcome to The New Orleans State of Mind. Melanie and I love where we live. You will, too. When you are ready, we’ll be here for you.
À votre santé, and, with a handshake,
-M&M (Matthew King and Melanie Schmitt: Your two New Orleans goodwill ambassadors)
——-The people have spoken!——
Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Poke around our website and see what you think.  If you think La Belle will be a good fit for you expectations,  here is a link to our calendar.  Plug in your dates and see what we have available.  Plan ahead.  We only have five suites.  Genuine New Orleanianauts are always welcome.  You have two friends on Esplanade Avenue.  Use your better intuition and get yourself into a New Orleans state of mind.
The Most Interesting Man in New Orleans at New Orleans most unique hotel: La Belle Esplanade
The Most Interesting Man in New Orleans—your humble narrator