B-Mike painting at the Tulane art gallery.

Visit New Orleans Like You Belong

You do belong in New Orleans.  New Orleans has something for everyone, everyone from every walk of life.  Don’t be embarrassed by what you are in New Orleans.  New Orleans loves you.  How do I know?  Because I see New Orleans’ love touch people every day.  Visit New Orleans like you belong here and you’ll leave full of good memories that will last you the rest of your life.  I know.  I live here.  I’ve collected more than my share.

The most interesting man in New Orleans.
The most interesting man in New Orleans.

I wasn’t born in New Orleans.  I’ve lived here a decade, one fifth of my life on God’s green earth.  I’m not looking to move anytime soon.  When New Orleans calls, you have to answer.  New Orleans’s call is like the call of nature.  Be yourself and let the good times roll.  It happens every day.

The sun comes up in New Orleans.
The sun comes up every day, hazy and lazy, even in the most back-of-town neighborhoods of this wonderful city we call home.

La Belle Esplanade is a small B&B hotel outside the French Quarter.  We are a 20-minute picturesque stroll from tourist-central in the French Quarter and on Frenchmen Street.  If you’ve done any research about New Orleans, you know that Frenchmen Street is where the locals go to listen to music.  We do go there—-we go to a lot of other places that aren’t in the guidebooks, too.

Visit New Orleans like you belong.  You won’t regret it.  There is jazz in the air everywhere you go.  Follow your ears and follow your heart.  You won’t get lost in New Orleans.  You’ll find the stuff from which good memories are made.  Ask anyone who lives here.  It’s really all we talk about.


You do belong here.

We live in Tremé, a neighborhood just outside the French Quarter that is pregnant with history and traditions, both old and being born.

New Orleans is like no other city I’ve ever lived in.  Tremé is New Orleans on steroids.  Most of New Orleans is on steroids.  There are very few dull moments here in any neighborhood.

New Orleans culture is densely woven and richly textured.  You might bump into a king or you might bump into an Indian chief.  You might end up talking to the craziest way-out fool you’ve ever met, or you might just being talking to somebody who is much, much wiser than you.  You might end up talking to The Most Interesting Man in New Orleans over breakfast.

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

Appearances can be deceiving in New Orleans.  That’s what makes life interesting.  You should Visit New Orleans like you mean it.

Ride the wave:

B-Mike painting at the Tulane art gallery.
Riding the New Orleans wave.

Ride the fish all day long:

Lady riding a fish in New Orleans.
Catch New Orleans’ spirit, and anything is possible after that.

Ride the fish at night:

Mardi Gras! ---Mardi Gras!
Catch a wish and ride a fish, day or night. Mardi Gras spirit is everywhere in New Orleans all year round.

Wherever you go, whatever you see, whatever you eat, drink or taste, whatever you hear, and, whatever you smell in New Orleans, you won’t be able to do it the same way anywhere else.  We really do live in a magical city.  Good memories are made in New Orleans every day.  The best memories begin at La Belle Esplanade.  Visit New Orleans like you belong.

La Belle Esplanade is a five-suite B&B hotel that has been ranked the #1 place to stay on TripAdvisor every month since April 2014.  That’s a six-year streak of being #1 in New Orleans.  La Belle Esplanade has also been ranked the #2 place to stay in the United States, and the #16 small hotel in the world.  Not bad.  672 reviews can’t be wrong.

You are on the right website if you want to visit New Orleans like you belong here.

Discover what it means to fall in love with the real New Orleans.

Our inn is close to all the tourist must-sees but it is also in an authentic New Orleans neighborhood full of surprises, off the typical tourist radar.  There are 6 family owned museums in our neighborhood.  There are 70 restaurants within a mile’s radius of our address.  You can walk to nationally famous, locally famous, and totally unknown restaurants and bars in our neighborhood and be a New Orleanian while you are here.

Read our blog here to learn more about what La Belle Esplanade is about.  We also sponsor a sister blog called, “A New Orleans State of Mind.”  If you are really interested in our part of New Orleans, then follow La Belle Esplanade on Facebook and Instagram to keep yourself informed on what is going on hereabouts.  Our part of New Orleans is New Orleans on steroids.  We live on the Tremé side of Esplanade Avenue.  People take pictures of La Belle Esplanade all day long.

La Belle Esplanade
Your headquarters for authentic New Orleans adventures.  You belong here.

Make a reservation today.  HERE IS THE LINK TO OUR CALENDAR.  Stay for five nights and receive a complimentary historic walking tour of the neighborhood by New Orleans’ favorite licensed tour guide.  This is a $70 value.  Why?  If you’re going to stay for five nights, you should know where you are.  Visit New Orleans like you belong.  You have a friend at La Belle Esplanade.

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