We know New Orleans is confusing.  We live here.  We know New Orleans can be intimidating.  Half of what your friends have told you about New Orleans is wrong.

We know it’s safe to stay in the French Quarter and that’s fine if that’s enough for you.  People who live in New Orleans don’t spend a lot of time in the French Quarter or on Frenchmen Street.  There is a whole wide wonderful city out here to enjoy.  Our part of New Orleans is better and there aren’t any crowds.  Real New Orleans is yours if you want to visit like you live here instead of like a tourist.  You belong in real new Orleans.

You should read La Belle Esplanade’s reviews.

La Belle Esplanade is like the Ritz, if the Ritz were run by only two dedicated New Orleans goodwill ambassadors in an old, colorful mansion on a historic and picturesque street.  We love where we live and we love to share what we know about this wonderful city we call home.  You belong here.

Boots in front of La Belle Esplanade
Rest your weary feet in a colorful mansion on a beautiful street.

This is real New Orleans.  We’re waiting for you to show up.

You belong in New Orleans
You belong in our neighborhood.

La Belle Esplanade is a small five-suite boutique hotel that takes craft hospitality to a personalized local level.  It is always a beautiful day in our neighborhood.   Being as small as we are, only a lucky few people can stay with us.  Check our availability and make your reservation here.  Plan ahead.  We only have five suites so we tend to fill up early during busy seasons.


New Orleans is a small city that is densely woven and richly textured.  You can get lost for a day in any New Orleans neighborhood and it will be good.  Anyone who is bored in New Orleans has a whole in their spirit.

Be careful what you wish for.  Most visitors to New Orleans wile away all their time in the French Quarter.  That’s good enough for conventioneers and bachelor parties over a weekend.  If you want to learn what it means to fall in love with the real New Orleans, La Belle Esplanade has all your New Orleans amenities.  No one ever says their visit is too long.  It is always to short.  The longer you stay, the more you’ll discover to explore.  Five nights is a good amount of time to get a sense of what New Orleans really is.  Then, you’ll want to come back for more.


If you happen to be having out on the corner of S. Pierce and Canal Streets while you’re in New Orleans, here’s a handy video guide of what you’ll be seeing:

La Belle Esplanade has all the amenities one would expect from a boutique hotel in an antique mansion.  The decor is a mix of antique and modern stirred up with a large proportion of whimsy.  There are interesting things throughout the whole inn.  The lobby is a real museum. It is called The New Orleans Odditarium.

Every morning starts with a curated breakfast of things prepared fresh that morning from bakeries and shops around our neighborhood.  A real taste of real New Orleans.  We try to support our neighbors.  Good food and good conversation.  Talk to the owners of this small hotel and they will be happy to share what they know.  No subject is taboo.  You can talk to this guy:

Your New Orleans Goodwill Ambassador
Your humble narrator, the most interesting and best-dressed man in New Orleans. You have a friend on Esplanade Avenue.


Each suite description has a list of all the amenities.  We have hair dryers, we have air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter.  Anything you would expect from the #1-ranked place to stay in New Orleans since April, 2014, we probably have it.  Feel free to write us if you have any questions.  We are happy to answer them.  The more you tell us about what you want before you make a reservation, the better you’ll know La Belle Esplanade is the right fit for your expectations for New Orleans.

Tour buses, bicycle tours, people park their car, jump out, and take pictures of La Belle Esplanade all day long.  Our small craft hotel is a colorful landmark with a reputation for taking care of our guests.  Visit New Orleans like a New Orleanian.  You belong here.  The best New Orleans memories start at La Belle Esplanade.


A Great Place to Stay.

First of all, the principal features of La Belle Esplanade are the innkeepers, Matthew and Melanie. They are both interesting and interested in their guests. They seem incredibly knowledgable about things to see and do in New Orleans. Their suggestions for sightseeing, food, and entertainment were spot on.

The facility is a narrow, old building – one of a set of three. It’s decorated in an eclectic and entertaining style, full of tchotchkes, bibelots, and artifacts. Our rooms (a two room suite) were clean and very comfortable. There was a small balcony facing Esplanade Avenue. Breakfasts were excellent: fruit, cold cuts, cheeses, something hot, and touches like artisanal preserves. The hosts went out every morning for fresh bread and pastries. The location on Esplanade Ave is very charming, but not very close to major attractions. However, a pleasant walk of about one mile will get you to the French Quarter in one direction or to City Park in the other. Also, there’s a bus line on the Avenue with convenient stops.

S.D.P.  San Diego, CA.  May 2019.