Explore Our Neighborhood
La Belle Esplanade is located in the Treme/Lafitte Neighborhood. Not only is it part of Mid-City, but it also expands to the middle of Esplanade Ridge, giving you one foot in vibrant downtown life and another in the tranquil Esplanade Avenue. Downtown is very different from Uptown. There’s a little less money and the culture is more local—and less influenced by what’s going on in the rest of the world. We like to think of our part of New Orleans as an oasis. That’s how we experience our neighborhood. We can satisfy every need without traveling more than a half-mile. Read on to discover all the things that make our neighborhood so unique and charming, and start planning your stay today!
3 Things You Need to Know About Esplanade Avenue
It’s a Historic Avenue
Did you know that Esplanade Avenue is one of the most historic streets in the city? It starts Northwest of the Mississippi River and ends at the entrance of City Park at Beauregard Circle. It’s a real architectural gem lined with oaks and multicolor homes, just like our craft hotel! La Belle Esplanade was built along the avenue in 1883, and is one of a trio of majestic homes built by the German cotton broker Julius Weiss. We are owned and operated by two professional innkeepers who share a passion for their adopted home. Furnished with period antiques, contemporary accents, and original local artwork, every room features a different color (and personality).
It’s Away From the Hustle and Bustle of the Touristy Areas
Although we are only 20 minutes away from it by foot, we are not in the heart of the French Quarter. It is exactly one mile from our house to the Esplanade Avenue end of Bourbon Street. If you walk in the other direction, you get to City Park, which is home to an art museum, botanical gardens, a small amusement park, a miniature golf course, and a gondola ride! We go to City Park more often than we go to the French Quarter, and so should you.
That being said, we have nothing against the French Quarter. After all, you’re visiting, so you should go to The Quarter and Frenchmen Street —but if you want to enjoy the rest of New Orleans in an authentic way, our neighborhood makes an agreeable and convenient launchpad for that.
It’s a Prime Spot for Parades
Mardi Gras is the biggest event of the year in New Orleans, and you might even say that New Orleans is Mardi Gras. Parades and festivities happen all over the city, but section out between the different neighborhoods. It just so happens that some of the best local parades pass by Esplanade Avenue and in front of La Belle!
It Has a Lot of Things to Do
The surrounding Treme neighborhood is full of cultural treasures and renowned restaurants. Esplanade Avenue is unlike any other street in America, from the Old U.S. Mint and the Historic French Market on one end to the New Orleans Museum of Art and picturesque lagoons of City Park on the other. There is a local pharmacy as well as the usual national chains, several local coffee shops, small grocers, a wine bar, famous restaurants, a couple of gas stations, auto mechanics, a used car dealership, a book shop, a Creole buffet (all-you-can-eat for $6.99 at lunchtime), churches, nightclubs, fried chicken spots, all within a fifteen-minute stroll. Ours is a neighborhood in which people live as well as visit, and we want you to experience it all when you stay at La Belle!
Want to Know More Things to Do Near Esplanade Avenue?
Like we mentioned before, we absolutely love giving local recommendations to our guests, and can’t wait to pass them on to you during your stay! In the meantime, take a look at our exclusive, free Vacation Guide. This great planning tool can help you find some of our favorite restaurants, events, shops, museums, and many more fabulous attractions!