Second Prize in a New Orleans Beauty Contest

None of the spaces on a Monopoly board are named after places in New Orleans.  They’re named after places in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The world is your oyster in New Orleans and you are the pearl.  We may not have a monopoly on good times in New Orleans, but we’ve pretty much cornered the market on Esplanade Avenue.

There are probably New Orleans-centric versions of Monopoly for sale, most likely in the touristy parts of the city, in the French Quarter.  N’Awlins-opoly?  NOLApoly?  I’ve never seen a New Orleans-themed board game for sale. [You can get one on Amazon.]  I don’t spend a lot of time in the French Quarter except in August, when the city is empty.  If there is a company that was doing it right,the NOLApoly tokens would be: a crawfish, a crab, a Mardi Gras mask, a string of beads, a tuba, a red bean, and a go-cup of beer.  I wanna be the tuba.

Over 10 million people visited New Orleans last year.  La Belle Esplanade has only five suites that sleep up to two people, assuming those two people don’t mind sharing a bed.  One bed per suite, two people maximum per suite.  On any given day, we can accommodate 10 people out of the potentially 50,000 people who are visiting our fair city.  Only a lucky few get the chance to stay at La Belle Esplanade.

This is what the bedroom in our Les Fleurs Suite looks like:


Second prize in a New Orleans beauty contest
Bedroom in Les Fleurs Suite, La Belle Esplanade, New Orleans


We’ve got four more suites, all of them different.  No two rooms in our inn are painted the same color.  Heck, all the ceilings are different colors.  Like in New Orleans itself, overall, you never know what you’ll find when you turn a corner here.

Here’s what the sitting room looks like in our Clio Suite:


Second prize in a New Orleans beauty contest
Sitting room, Clio Suite, La Belle Esplanade, New Orleans


Each of our five suites consist of a sitting room, a bedroom, a private bathroom and a private balcony.  Wanna see what the other rooms in the other suites look like?  There’s a tab for that in the menu bar on the top of this page.  You are on La Belle Esplanade’s official website.  Everything we have to share with you to help you decide if you want to stay with us is at your fingertips, a mouse click away.  Roam around our website.  Read all our archived blog entries.  You’ll soon discover if La Belle Esplanade is for you.  We’ve won more than second prize in New Orleans’ beauty contest.  La Belle Esplanade is the most interesting place to stay in America’s most interesting city.  It isn’t just us who says that.  Read our reviews.

There is no place else like New Orleans.  We love where we live.  Even if we only placed second, we would still be on a pedestal higher than the top places found in other cities.  What’s the secret to our success?  It’s the same secret that Bing Crosby used to make Holiday Inn a success.



Over a billion people on Planet Earth have played Monopoly.  Astronauts have even played it in space.  Unlike a game of Monopoly, you won’t get bored toward the end of your New Orleans vacation the way people tend to get bored slogging it the bitter end of a game of Monopoly.  The end of your visit will be bittersweet.  You’ll want to go home to get on with your life, but you’ll also want to stay longer in New Orleans.  New Orleans is like no place else.  Nobody ever says their visit is too long—it is always too short.  There is always more to discover and enjoy in this wonderful city we call home.

What’s the secret history of La Belle Esplanade?  It’s much like the secret history of New Orleans.  New Orleans is a world-class city.  It’s a small city, but try living here.  Frau Schmitt and I can go anywhere in the world and tell people we live in New Orleans.  Everyone knows where we’re talking about.  Even when you win second prize in a New Orleans beauty contest, you’ll be a winner, and not a beginner, in the grand scheme of things.  Do you wanna be a chump or a champ?  Visit New Orleans like a champion.  Stay at La Belle Esplanade.

There is a smile for every day in New Orleans on Esplanade Avenue and for every day there’s a chuckle.

Come see for yourself.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

where every day is a curated breakfast salon introduction to some new facet of New Orleans history and culture.

Friday, March 24, 2017:  This is where we host our curated breakfast salon, in La Belle Esplanade’s dining room:

Second prize in a New Orleans beauty contest
Dining room, La Belle Esplanade, New Orleans