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La Belle Esplanade
Ranked #1 of 140 New Orleans B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“"AMAZING STAY"”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

This Place was unbelivable! Mattew and Melanie are great hosts with so much local Knowledge of their city. The are excellent at reading what type of traveller you are all ways advise of great adventures. My wife I travel alot and are always looking for out of the way not so tourist local spots to enjoy the real Culture and Vibes of a great City like NOLA. With so much history and diverse culture. The Room was awesome and the Breakfast was always exciting great local food and good intelligent conversation. With the onwers about what you plan to, what you did, is there anything you what to know. Also with 5 rooms there was always great conversation with at least one or to other groups of guests. Thankyou M&M you made our stay awesome and will be recommending La Belle Esplanade to anyone one that travels to New Orleans. The location is great right the middle of Esplanade Avenue a Beautiful street. They are just a short walk to the French Quarter and a short walk to City Park. The B&B is also in the Treme. Once Thankyou Mattew & Melanie for agreat stay!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Matthew K, General Manager at La Belle Esplanade, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Thank you. We do try to make your stay the best it can be. Thanks for leaving us that note about your adventures at Lola's. You left New Orleans knowing more than some of the people who live here. Don't be strangers. Best wishes, -M&M
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Wow! What can I say. Matthew and Melanie are the most helpful, generous, competent and devoted B&B owners I have ever had the privilege of meeting. Staying at La Belle Esplanade is a dream! Affordable, furnished with such detail and personal touches to beat any hotel and serving delicious and locally sourced breakfast every day (breakfast choices change every day so it never becomes boring)....what more could you want?! Upon arrival Matthew and Melanie will provide maps and advice for where to go and what to see (insight only a local would know!). They also provide umbrellas if it rains! Melanie even helped me when I couldn't venture out to find food in the downpour, going out of her way to help. I cannot express fully what an incredible gem La Belle is and a stay in New Orleans is not complete without a stay at La Belle Esplanade. Only 30 minutes walk down the road from both the French Quarter and City Park. I've even persuaded my parents to stay there next year! Thanks for an incredible stay Matthew and Melanie!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Matthew K, General Manager at La Belle Esplanade, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Your mother called the day after you left and I told her she has a lovely daughter. We're glad to learn she may be coming to visit. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and good guests make good company. We hope you come to New Orleans again, too. Cheers! M&M
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Glyndon, Minnesota
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Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

This was our first experience staying at a Bed and Breakfast and we thoroughly enjoyed La Belle Esplanade!! Matthew and Melanie were gracious hosts who gave us great recommendations for local restaurants and entertainment. If you want to stay in the heart of a historic New Orleans neighborhood, this is the place to be! We walked to the City Park, the French Quarter, and several restaurants on Esplanade Avenue without any concerns. Thanks to Matthew and Melanie for our great stay!

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Matthew K, General Manager at La Belle Esplanade, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
We hope your stay with us didn't ruin the Drury Inn for you afterwards. I was in the lobby the other day over there; it's nice but it's got a different vibe. We're glad we could be your first B&B and we hope you'll stay at many more---except the next time you're in New Orleans. Then we want you to stay with us. You have two friends here. -M&M.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

La Belle Esplanade gets consistently rave reviews for good reasons, as confirmed by my stay there in May 2014. Rather than repeating the great things people have said about both the owners and the property on this forum, I will highlight a few personal favorites.

Breakfast is delicious. I'm a fan of the variety, overall quality, and showcasing of local flavors / businesses. i had breakfast there four mornings in a row, and the menu was different every morning. Usually there's something savory (e.g. crawfish pie, chicken empanada, crab cake), something sweet (donuts from a local donut shop), fresh fruit (e.g. pears, kiwis, watermelon), and all kinds of jams made by a local lady. My favorites were the crawfish pie and pickled quail eggs, both for overall deliciousness and the fact they are not so easily obtainable back home in NYC.

The rooms are reasonably priced. There are other B&B and AirBnB options out there that might be slightly (if at all) less expensive, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find an equally quirky and charming alternative, with great hosts and a delicious breakfast to boot. I'm a fan of the Pelican Suite. Check out photos of the Pelican Suite on their website. It has a private balcony with a table and chairs, which can be lovely in the early morning before heading out for the day, or for a glass of wine in the early evening after a day of adventures.

Free bikes. It should be self-evident why this is an awesome perk, so I won't belabor the point.

Book La Belle Esplanade for your next stay in NOLA because businesses like this deserve to thrive. Melanie and Matthew clearly care about excellence in running their B&B, and it shows in the details.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Matthew K, General Manager at La Belle Esplanade, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Thank you. I can't think of anything else to say.
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

It was a wonderful experience. The couple is very friendly without being pushy. The place is nicely decorated, simply charming. Matthew gives you useful information about the city and other activities. I think it is better for a family trip or a couple, otherwise one can feel lonely in the house since Matthew and Melanie do not live there. I recommend La belle Esplanade anyway because the place is simply worth it.
I stayed there in October 2013, and now when I think of New Orleans, I think of La belle Esplanade also. It is a nice memory.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Matthew K, General Manager at La Belle Esplanade, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
I always say that good memories are made in New Orleans and we're pleased that we could be a part of yours. The property isn't staffed round the clock but we are always nearby and available if needed. This September will be our 2nd anniversary as innkeepers and we hope you'll come to New Orleans again. You have two friends here. -M&M.
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

La Belle Esplanade is the perfect place to stay. Matthew and Melanie are warm, friendly, and funny hosts. They made great restaurant and activity recommendations to my friend and I. Breakfast was delicious and different every morning and our room felt like an oasis after a very warm day out on the town. I love the location on Esplanade Avenue; close enough to walk to the French Quarter, but a beautiful and interesting neighborhood in its own right. I can't wait to visit again!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Matthew K, General Manager at La Belle Esplanade, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Good guests make good company. If you come back and want to walk to Liuzza's again, we want to go with you. What a great route. A votre sante, -M&M.
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Redondo Beach, California
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

This place was great. Matthew and Melanie were super hosts and were able to offer great suggestions on places to visit. The breakfasts were very locally inspired and delicious.

It is just a short a short drive from the French Quarter, and had plenty of parking available; rooms were spacious and cozy.

Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Matthew K, General Manager at La Belle Esplanade, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
I just recommended somebody else go to the Art Deco airport and they had the same reaction you did. It's so beautiful out there. Anyhow, we really enjoyed having you stay with us and you're welcome back anytime. Cheers! -M&M
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Property: La Belle Esplanade
Address: 2216 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-2606
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Region: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Treme
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #1 of 140 B&Bs / Inns in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The most interesting place to stay in America's most interesting city. Visit New Orleans like you belong here. Located in a picturesque neighborhood that is close to everything but off the usual tourist radar, La Belle Esplanade will surprise and delight with it's quirky authentic details, locally sources breakfasts, and lively conversation. You have at least two friends in New Orleans. ... more   less 
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