NOLA sunset

You Belong In New Orleans

If you find yourself down on your luck, get your good self down here to get your mojo back.  You know where you should stay.  You belong in New Orleans.  You belong at La Belle Esplanade.

You belong in New Orleans.  If you think about it long enough, you’ll realize it’s true.  New Orleans is calling you.  Listen.  Answer the call.  When you visit, you should stay in a colorful mansion on a beautiful historic street.  Chick-a-boom-boom.  Ragged rhythm cha-cha.

NOLA sunset
Every day and every evening is beautiful in New Orleans, Lousiana.

I was reading about Lagos, which is the largest city in Nigeria.  New Orleans is a part of the United States of America, a continent away, but Lagos is trying something similar to what is a way of life in New Orleans.  Lagos is trying to build their tourist industry.  You belong in New Orleans, at least for a week, or so.  Visit New Orleans like you belong here because you do belong here.

From Wikipedia:

Lagos Jazz Series, which is a unique franchise for high-quality live music in all genres with a focus on jazz. Established in 2010, the event takes place over a 3- to 5-day period at selected high-quality outdoor venues. The music is as varied as the audience itself and features a diverse mix of musical genres from rhythm and blues to soul, Afrobeat, hip hop, bebop, and traditional jazz. The festivals provide entertainment of dance and song to add excitement to travelers during a stay in Lagos.”


New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz.  Buddy Bolden. King Oliver.  Louis Armstrong.  Kermit Ruffins.  Rebirth Brass Band.  Trombone Shorty.  Trumpet Black.  I’m not just talking about Dixieland jazz music.  

Syncopated tempo is the backbeat of every New Orleans day, even on a trip to the pharmacy or the corner grocery store.  I live here.  I have a spring in my step as I walk our dog around the neighborhood.  You’ll have a spring in your step when you are in New Orleans, too.  You won’t be able to help yourself.  You belong in New Orleans.

You may not feel like dancing but you will always be happy in New Orleans.  You’ll have a spring in your step.  That’s the way it is.  There is music in the breeze.

Stooges Brass Band
New Orleans is all about brass and dancing like nobody is watching.

New Orleans is Jazz with a capital J.  You belong in New Orleans.

Don’t be a tourist in New Orleans.  Visit like you belong in this wonderful city we call home because, you know what?  You do belong here.  Home is where the heart is.  The longer you stay in New Orleans, the more you’ll discover to explore.  Good memories are made in New Orleans every day.  The best New Orleans memories begin every day at La Belle Esplanade.

There are very good reasons that La Belle Esplanade has been ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans every month on TripAdvisor since 2014.  TripAdvisor has also called La Belle Esplanade the #2 place to stay in the United States and the #16 place to stay in the world, as I never get tired of saying.

Visit like you mean it.  You belong in New Orleans.

New Orleans isn’t Lagos but it’s still pretty good.  New Orleans is like nowhere else in the western hemisphere.  New Orleans is like nowhere else in the world.  New Orleans is better.  It is better than Paris, it is better than Venice, it is better than Lagos.  There is no such thing as a bad day in New Orleans.  How do I know?  I live here.  I want to share our part of New Orleans with you.  Don’t visit like a tourist.  Visit like you mean it.

King at Frey
You have a New Orleans goodwill ambassador standing by to help you navigate this wonderful city we call home.

La Belle  We’ll be here for you.  Your team of New Orleans goodwill ambassadors are standing by ready to help you get the most out of your visit to this wonderful city we call home.  Nobody ever says their visit to New Orleans is too long.  The longer you stay, the more you’ll fall in love with the city.  We’ve lived here 10 years.  Stay for a week and you’ll never be bored.  It doesn’t matter what time of year you come.  If you are bored in New Orleans, you have a hole in your imagination.  Authentic New Orleans off the usual tourist radar is magical.

La Belle Esplanade is here for you.  Make a reservation today through our website.  That’s the only way to do it.  We aren’t on Expedia,,, Orbitz, AirBnB, etc.  We are here for people who know what they want and who know how to get more than they expect.  Get the authentic New Orleans experience you deserve when you are here.  That is what La Belle Esplanade is all about.  Visit like you belong in New Orleans.  You won’t regret it.  

Besides this blog, La Belle Esplanade also sponsors a sister blog called The New Orleans State of Mind.  The guy over there tells New Orleans stories, the kinds of stories that can only happen in New Orleans.  If you want to get your mojo back, your doctor will prescribe a trip to New Orleans.  I know where you should stay.  The only way to make a reservation is through our website.  Here is a link to our reservation calendar.  You can stay in a chain hotel, or, you can visit New Orleans like you belong here.  Believe me when I say it:  You belong in the real New Orleans.  We look forward to meeting you.  –À votre santé!  -your friends at La Belle Esplanade.