It's been two weeks now since we stayed in New Orleans at La Belle Esplanade, and we haven't stopped talking and thinking about our visit. Time to write a little bit for the others who may be considering a trip.
For the B&B, I will simply echo the great things people share about it. The house is a beautiful structure, in the unique style found in the Treme neighborhood. The colorful suites are charmingly appointed with antiques and artwork, many of the porcelain facilities have nearly a century of reliable service. The spaciousness of the rooms extends in three dimensions with 12 foot ceilings, our antique bed had a brand-new mattress, and the air-conditioning worked great! It is not the Ritz; La Belle Esplanade has much more authentic class. (If your heart is set on the plush modern comforts of the Ritz--and who can blame you--then La Belle Esplanade might feature more authenticity than you are looking for.)
At breakfast, which is procured fresh each morning from local merchants, along with freshly brewed chicory coffee and juices, we discovered why we chose La Belle Esplanade. Our hosts Melanie and Matthew, who live in the house next door, showed us warm hospitality and an eagerness to open up the city and its neighborhoods. We enjoyed listening to their detailed descriptions and generous opinions about various opportunities we might attempt in the day ahead, and we were more than pleased with the recommendations we followed for dining, entertainment, and an increase in our cultural knowledge of New Orleans.
La Belle Esplanade is so well regarded because, I think, your hosts Melanie and Matthew understand that your experience in New Orleans is as important as your comfort inside their walls. They are post-Katrina transplants who have fallen in love with the city and care that their guests may come to appreciate some of what they've found here. I strongly recommend reading entries in Matthew's blog http://labelleesplanade.blogspot.com/ before you come--and whether or not you stay here--to whet your appetite and help plan your upcoming trip. Read some of the entries out loud to your sweetie; it will put you in the mood for sultry evening strolls in the neighborhood, pecan-encrusted down-home Louisiana cooking, sweet ensemble music and many other great experiences.
- 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 sourced breakfasts, and lively intelligent conversation. You have at least two friends in New Orleans. ... more less
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