sidewalk table in New Orleans.

Where Did New Orleans Go?

Oh, baby, baby, where did New Orleans go?  You asked the city not to leave you, not to leave you no more.  New Orleans hasn’t gone anywhere.  Where are you?

You’ve got this burning yearning burning inside you.  It’s deep inside your heart and it hurts so bad.  New Orleans is here for you. We haven’t gone anywhere.

Where did New Orleans go?  No, that’s not the question.  Where have you been?  New Orleans has been here for you.  When you are ready to visit this wonderful city we call home like you mean it, New Orleans will be here for you.  It is impossible to keep a good city down forever.

Where there is smoke there is fire and New Orleans is calling you.  You are overdue for a visit to New Orleans, a visit that will make your cares seem faraway.  New Orleans is here for you.  New Orleans didn’t go anywhere.  We’ve been here the whole time, hidden in plain sight.  What are you waiting for?

If you have the time, we have the city.  New Orleans is a kaleidoscope of a city and you’ll never figure it all out in one trip but if you want to get a head start on getting your head wrapped around what it’s like to live in the authentic New Orleans and not just in the tourist trap parts, there is only one place to stay.  You are on the right website: La Belle Esplanade.  Our small artisanal hotel is close to all the tourist must-sees but it is in a real New Orleans neighborhood where the city’s culture blossoms of its own accord.

Be a New Orleanian when you are in New Orleans and you’ll be a New Orleanian wherever you happen to find yourself after that.  YOu’ll have been bitten by the New Orleans bug.

To know New Orleans is to love her.  The taste of a sazarac cocktail, a Ramos gin fizz, a brandy milk punch, a draught of Abita Amber, these taste like mother’s milk to a New Orleanian, native or adopted





La Belle Esplanade
Your New Orleans headquarters can be a colorful historic mansion.

New Orleans is still here for you.  La Belle Esplanade is proof of that.  The only way to make a reservation is through our website.  We are not on Expedia,,, etc.  Neither are we listed on AirBnB or VRBO.  La Belle Esplanade is a five-suite personalized hotel run by two New Orleans goodwill ambassadors who are looking forward to sharing our part of the authentic New Orleans with you.

You should visit the French Quarter and Bourbon Street and a cemetery.  After that, there is a whole wide and wonderful city to explore out here where every day is a new adventure, not a tourist trap.  That’s the part of New Orleans where we like to party.  You should, too.  We only have five suites so we tend to fill up early when there isn’t a pandemic.  Plan ahead and we look forward to meeting you!  Every authentic New Orleans morning should start with a local breakfast sourced from neighborhood shops.  No scrambled eggs in chafing dishes here!

With a handshake,

-Matthew King and Melanie Schmitt

La Belle Esplanade

Who would you rather spend your time in New Orleans with?  Who do you think knows more about this wonderful city?  This guy?

Exhibit A

Or this guy?

Your man in New Orleans, standing by to assist.

Choose the man who is better dressed and make La Belle Esplanade the headquarters for your New Orleans adventures.  You won’t regret it.