Our Esplanade Ridge Neighborhood

Esplanade Avenue is a street in New Orleans that is a world unto itself.  Esplanade Ridge is what we call the neighborhood that runs along Esplanade Avenue, which is a colorful and historic street lined with whimsical gingerbread manor homes.  Our Esplanade Ridge neighborhood is is the spine of this part of the city.  New Orleans is a city with a lot of backbone.



When you visit New Orleans, you should sample more than the tourist buffet in the French Quarter.  We live in a wide and wonderful city where the culture is densely woven and richly textured.  Sample the French Quarter and the diversions that is has to offer, but, you should satisfy your more sophisticated appetites in there rest of New Orleans, where people have chosen to do more than visit.  We live here.  You can learn what it means to fall in love with the real New Orleans.


Wander around our part of New Orleans.  Authentic New Orleans can be yours.  You belong here.

This should be the headquarters for your New Orleans adventures.  La Belle Esplanade is located right in the middle of Esplanade Avenue, exactly the same distance (a pleasant and picturesque stroll) from the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street in one direction, and City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art in the other direction:

La Belle Esplanade
Your headquarters for authentic New Orleans adventures.


We live in a very interesting neighborhood.  You never know what pleasant thing you’ll find when you turn a corner.  Our part of New Orleans is full of interesting details:

A happy house in New Orleans
New Orleans is a city full of delightful surprises.
The Ujamaa mural on Bayou Road on the side of the Community Book Store.
Gus's Po'Boys Block
Colorful houses are everywhere in New Orleans, uptown and downtown.
Around here it's Dixie!
In New Orleans, it’s Dixie Beer that’s an ongoing tradition.
With love from New Orleans.
New Orleans loves you. You belong in the real New Orleans.
Joan of Arc Statue in New Orleans
Joan of Arc statue in New Orleans. St. Jeanne d’Arc, pray for us.

New Orleans is a kaleidoscope of a city.  There is magic everywhere.  If you find yourself bored in New Orleans, you must have a hole in your spirit.  You must be spending all your time in the French Quarter.

Maybe you’d like to go to the track:

When you are ready to visit New Orleans like you mean it, you know where you should stay.  You are on the right website.  Poke around in the menu bar.  Read our other blog entries.  There are plenty of them.

Follow us on Facebook.  We post on Facebook 2, 3, 4 times a day to keep you in a New Orleans state of mind.  Read our sister blog which is called, coincidentally, “A New Orleans State of Mind.”  You’ll learn about the more whimsical aspects of what it is like to live in this wonderful city we call home.

We love New Orleans.  When you stay at La Belle Esplanade, you’ll learn what it means to fall in love with New Orleans, too.  We only have five suites so we tend to fill up early.  Here is a link to our calendar.  The only way to make a reservation is through our website.  You are on it.  Make a reservation today to experience New Orleans like you live here.  You won’t regret it.  Be a New Orleanian.  We appeal to the kind of traveler who wants to get off the typical tourist radar.  La Belle Esplanade is for you.

Everything the other five-star reviews say is true. La Belle Esplanade is a charming home on a beautiful street in a fabulous neighborhood. Matthew and Melanie are the host and hostess with the most and mostest! They pride themselves on tailor-making the perfect trip for you, whether it is the items being offered at breakfast or recommendations for activities, restaurants, music, etc. ACCEPT THEIR SUGGESTIONS! You won’t regret it. The witty and informative conversation in the morning is a great way to begin the day. What are you waiting for?”  -Laura F.  California. 2020.

2019 Travelers' Choice
The people have spoken, awarding La Belle Esplanade within the top five small hotels in the United States two years in a row.