La Belle Esplanade is the newest bed and breakfast on Esplanade Avenue. The proprietors, Matthew King and Melanie Schmitt, have invested in a historic New Orleans mansion and have completely renovated the building. The five suites have names like La Pelican and La France. The paint and decorations in each room match the theme, ensuring that each room is unique.
I checked in on La Belle last week, and was amazed at the progress made in the three months since I first visited. The paint is fresh, the kitchen is stocked with Crystal, Big Shot, Zapp’s, and other brands from local sources. They were even able to find pickled okra and other odd delicacies at local farmer’s markets. To top it all off, guests will have complimentary access to bikes for exploring the Esplanade Ridge, French Quarter, and beyond.
As natives of Connecticut and Germany, respectively, Mr. King and Ms. Schmitt are recent transplants to New Orleans and have decided to make this city their home for years to come. By investing in an aging mansion, they’ve improved a New Orleans asset, have helped increase the beds available to New Orleans’ largest industry, and have simmered their Northern and European tastes with New Orleans culture to create a truly unique atmosphere. In short, it’s a refreshing take on southern hospitality.
It was a pleasure to work with Mr. King and Ms. Schmitt to form their LLC, develop an operating agreement, establish estate plans, and help point their business on the course to success. Whenever I visited, they always offered a drink and made sure I was comfortable, so I have no doubt that they will make their guests feel at all. Next time you visit New Orleans, have guests in town, or just want to plan a “staycation” in a historic mansion, consider staying at La Belle Esplanade.
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