Your friends and your coworkers who have been to New Orleans have given you long lists of where to go and what to do.  Do you want to do what they did when they are in New Orleans for a convention or a bachelorette party?

Do you really want to relive somebody else’s vacation or do you want to come back with really good, original New Orleans memories that will last you the rest of your life.

Just because someone was in the French Quarter for a weekend, that doesn’t make them an expert in all things New Orleans.  Trust us.  We live here.  Welcome to real New Orleans.  You’ll love our part of the city.  You belong here.



Welcome to real New Orleans.  You are not only a tourist.  You have open eyes and open ears, you have an open heart, ready to explore what makes New Orleans America’s most interesting city.  Visit like you belong in New Orleans.  You belong at La Belle Esplanade.  There are surprises around every corner.  We only have five suites, so plan early and wisely.  Our reservation calendar is here.

You don’t need off-the-rack New Orleans.  Welcome to real New Orleans.  This is where we live.  The culture in New Orleans is densely woven and richly textured.  The city is like an onion, not only because it will make you cry tears of joy but because it has many layers.  We live in a kaleidoscope of a city.  You never know what pleasant surprise you’ll find when you turn a corner.

You never know what you'll see in New Orleans.
Parade in front of La Belle Esplanade on Lundi Gras! 2019

19 million people visited New Orleans last year.  Guess where they spent most of their time and their money?  In the French Quarter, on Frenchmen Street, near the Convention Center, and in their hotel.  Where all your friends told you about.  If you want to meet people from where you’re from, you’ll find them on Bourbon Street.  Wouldn’t you rather visit New Orleans like you live here?

La Belle Esplanade only has five suites.  We are microscopic and on the fringes of the mainstream New Orleans hospitality industry.  We like it that way.  You will, too.  We are here to share what is is like to fall in love with the authentic New Orleans.  You should check our availability.  We are a very small boutique hotel so we tend to fill up early.  Make a reservation far in advance.


We’ll learn what interests you, face-to-face, and, then, we will give you personalized tailored recommendations about what facets of New Orleans interest you.  Welcome to real New Orleans.  The city’s population isn’t yet up to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels, but, everyone who lives here, we live here by choice.  We love where we live.  You will, too.  You’ll see.


get your head straight in New Orleans.
The entrance to the New Orleans Botanical Gardens


There is nowhere else like the real New Orleans.  No one ever says their visit is too short.  The longer you are in New Orleans, the more you’ll find to explore and enjoy.  Welcome to the real New Orleans state of mind.  The average length of visit to La Belle Esplanade is five nights.  


This is La Belle Esplanade:

The sun always shines in New Orleans.
Tours stop all day long to take pictures of your personalized New Orleans home base: La Belle Esplanade.

Check our calendar to see what affordable luxury suites we have available while you’re in the city.  

Esplanade Avenue is a peaceful street lined with historic colorful mansions and friendly people, and there is lots to explore.  There are six museums in our neighborhood, none that you’ve ever heard of.  There are restaurants, bars and coffee houses, all sorts of things—none that you’ve ever heard of.  This is the real New Orleans, where people aren’t just killing time.  The people who live in our neighborhood love where they are.  You can be one of them.

Have breakfast with this gent and learn some of New Orleans' secrets.
New Orleans is a city of characters. Here is Exhibit A.



Don’t get snookered onto the tourist treadmill.  At La Belle Esplanade you’ll learn what it means to fall in love with the real New Orleans.  There is all sorts of layers of history and tradition in New Orleans.  Ask your personal New Orleans goodwill ambassador.  That’s what I’m here for:


We only have five unique luxury suites.  As the #1-ranked place to stay in New Orleans on Trip Advisor since April 2014, we tend to fill up early during busy seasons.  We’ve also been ranked the #2 small hotel in the United States and #16 in the world.

You are on the right website.  Read our blog.  Our blog is full of insights of what it is like to live in our neighborhood in an authentic New Orleans state of mind.

La Belle Esplanade also sponsors a sister blog that, unsurprisingly, is called A New Orleans State of Mind.  You should follow that one, too, to keep yourself in a, well, in a New Orleans state of mind wherever you are.  When you are ready to Visit New Orleans, we’re here for you.  Here is a link to our reservation calendar.  The only way to book a stay at La Belle Esplanade is through our website.  This is real New Orleans.  If you’ve found us, you belong here.  We look forward to meeting you and sharing our part of New Orleans with you.

You have two friends on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.

Am Unforgettable Exerience.

It’s been a few weeks since my wife and I have been back from our trip to New Orleans, and I thought perhaps that my excitement about La Belle Esplanade would fade. It hasn’t. This remains one of my best experiences at a hotel or inn or bed and breakfast ever. EVER.”

-C.K.  Sarasota, FL.  Sept. 2018.

#1 in New Orleans for good reasons!
Part of the .0001% of the global hospitality industry.
2019 Travelers' Choice
The people have spoken, once again awarding La Belle Esplanade within the top five small hotels in the United States.