La Belle Esplanade is furnished with a sense of both history and whimsy. This isn’t your great-grandparents house. There is little frilly or fey about the decor. If you like surprises, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find in our inn. If you don’t like surprises, don’t worry. You’ll still be pleasantly surprised.
Each of our suites has a theme. That’s what bed and breakfasts do. We offer both comforatble beds and gourmet breakfasts, of course, but we don’t think of ourselves as a B&B, per se. We are a small boutique experience inn. What does that mean? You’ll have to visit to find out for yourself to be certain. None of the rooms in our inn are the same. No two rooms are the same color. Heck, no two ceilings are the same color.
When we purchased La Belle Esplanade it was a boarding house. Each suite was an apartment that was rented month-to-month furnished with period antiques. Don’t ask why. That’s just the way it was. When we purchased this boarding house, we also bought the furniture. We didn’t kick anyone out of their apartments but we also didn’t want to say that the tenants could still live here but without furniture. Many of these antiques were poorly maintained, threadbare and uncomfortable. As time passed, we replaced the less impressive pieces with more contemporary furniture. The result nowadays is a satisfactory mix of old and new combined with a lot of locally produced original artwork.
Do you want to stay in a chain hotel where you know exactly what to expect and no more, everything tailored to an industrial scale? That’s not what we do. Do you want to stay in a boutique experience inn that comfortably eases you into what it is like to live in New Orleans? Ours is a city in which you never know what you’ll find when you turn a corner. It’s a kaleidoscope of a place and our address is just one tiny facet. La Belle Esplanade will not frighten you, but it will make you smile. Many, many good memories are made within these walls.
Our lobby is home to the New Orleans Odditarium, a small museum that is a cabinet of locally found and donated curiosities and curios. Just about everything in our inn has a story attached to it, just like just about everyone and everything in New Orleans has a story. If you are bored here, it isn’t New Orleans’ fault. We think you’ll enjoy the time spent in our neighborhood and in our house. This is your home for the length of your visit.