Our neighborhood is a place in which you can spend time meaningfully. It isn’t just a place to fritter away your time and be seen, checking off the boxes on your list of things you must see. Ours is a quintessential New Orleans neighborhood. It is high hat, low brow, and middle class, all cheek-by-jowl, left, right, and center. Good memories are made on our street.
EVERYONE GETS ALONG IN THIS QUINTESSENTIAL NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD.
Our neighborhood is home to traditions. Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funeral processions, second line parades, they all come down Esplanade Avenue. I can’t guarantee they will happen while you are here. New Orleans moves to its own rhythms, but they do pass by our tiny boutique hotel as predictably as the tides.
Discarded red crawfish heads litter the surrounding sidewalks. They’re not trash. They are the remains of succulent bites. Pinch the tail and suck the head.
On the most basic level, our part of New Orleans is one in which our neighbors enjoy each other’s company. New Orleans is all about intimate connections. Set your sight focused on magic. Welcome to New Orleans. Open your eyes, open your ears, open your nose, and open your heart. New Orleans loves you.
Our neighborhood is a place in which good memories are made through good conversations between restaurant tables at lunch, or while walking the dog, or just walking down the street on the way to buy a quart of milk. Everyone in our neighborhood is friendly and talkative. If you aren’t from New Orleans, it takes some getting used to. Everyone is friendly. Our quintessential New Orleans neighborhood is founded on—and held together by—mutual respect. There are no strangers in our neighborhood. There are only friends you haven’t yet met.
In our neighborhood, we value real friendships. We worry about other things than collecting ‘likes’ and ‘follows.’ We pay less attention to Twitter than we do to the caws of the crows who congregate in the live oak trees at 8:00 every morning and then again 12 hours later. The crows make their rounds about New Orleans. So do we. We live here, just like the crows. A real New Orleanian is as free as a bird.
In our neighborhood, we love where we live and we live where we love. This is a real quintessential New Orleans neighborhood.
WE LIVE WHERE WE LOVE.
We love New Orleans. Stay in our neighborhood and you’ll fall in love with New Orleans, too. There is the tourist trap New Orleans that most people visit. Get off the usual tourist radar grid and discover what it means to fall in love with the authentic New Orleans. This really is a magical city, especially in our quintessential New Orleans neighborhood.
You are on the right website if you want to visit New Orleans like a New Orleanian. 12.7 million visitors came to New Orleans last year. Our tiny personalized hotel only has five suites. We tend to fill up early. Be one of the lucky few. Be one of the smart set. The real New Orleans is calling you. Make a reservation at La Belle Esplanade today. Check out all of our uniquely designed suites before you make a decision, if you wish. You can spend a lot of time daydreaming on our website.
Have a great New Orleans day, wherever you happen to find yourself,
—La Belle Esplanade
Tuesday, March 27, 2018:. Melanie and I had lunch at Mais Arepas, a Columbian Creole restaurant off the beaten path, on Carondolet Street in the Lower Garden District. Though it was a Tuesday afternoon in a restaurant hard to find, they were busy! Why? Because the food was unique and good, the way La Belle Esplanade is hard to find and unique and good. Welcome to the New Orleans State of Mind.