Your New Orleans Goodwill Ambassadors

We moved to New Orleans in 2010. Not too long, but long enough to be captivated by a city that is like no place else. We zip around the city on our motor scooters, exploring new restaurants, seeking out new experiences, learning as much as we can about what’s going on, and generally appreciating how lucky we are to be able to live here.

We moved here from Boston.  We chose to live in a city that is the opposite of Boston in every way.  Mission accomplished.

From our official biographies:

Matthew King. 

Matthew KingA native of Connecticut, USA, Mr. King has been many places, seen many things, and he has had many adventures.  A daydreamer, a licensed tour guide, a gadabout, an armchair philosopher and a historian, don’t ask him how he earned his living before he became an innkeeper.  It’s very boring.  He has served on the board of directors of the New Orleans Tour Guide Association, the Professional Innkeepers of New Orleans Association, and the Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association.  If this makes you think he’s an expert in these fields, maybe he is.  He is happy to provide guidance and explain the things you may come across in your travels.

Mr. King is not only the co-proprietor of our inn, he writes our website’s blog, which he updates regularly.  There is nothing worse than a dead blog in his opinion.  If an inn’s blog hasn’t been updated in over a year, what does that say about the housekeeping?  Our blog isn’t always useful or informative but it gives regular readers an inkling of what it is like to live in this wonderful city we call home.


Melanie Schmitt.

bfc8164f-5297-48fc-ad80-9521e84adc61A native of Hamburg, Germany, Frau Schmitt is the nicest person you will ever meet.  She attended university later in life in the U.S. and earned two degrees in American Studies that she is putting to good use in New Orleans.  She has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia and she is taking French lessons.  A gourmet as well as an excellent cook, Frau Schmitt is in charge of the dining room and our curated breakfast menus.  Her innate German tidiness and efficiency ensure that we run an exemplarily clean operation.

Mr. King serves as La Belle Esplanade’s public face answering correspondence and handling public relations.  Frau Schmitt is the better half of this duo and she is the reason for our continued success.  When everything is ship shape and thoughtfully laid out with personal touches, you know who to thank.  There is an angel behind the details.