Bella Notte, The Southwest Room

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Avondale Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229, United States

The Space

Bella Notte is an old Tudor Mansion in North Avondale about four blocks from Xavier University. The home has two central air conditioning units and four of the seven bedrooms are available for rent. Each bedroom has a private bath, but two of the bedrooms can share an adjoining bath to become a 2BR suite for convenient family use.

The fifth bedroom is an exercise room featuring a computerized recumbent bike with a display of simulated bike trails as well as a small HD monitor for viewing DIRECTV while working out with the free weights or on the mat.

Bedrooms six and seven are occupied by the owner and used as an office.

Since Air BnB requires separate listings for each room there are four listings, one for each available room. Be sure to check all four calenders for availability. For your convenience all rooms are pictured in all four listings to aid in your decision.

All rooms have individually keyed privacy locks for your security and a wireless network gets you on the internet. Every room has a desk that will accommodate a laptop. Televisions are not supplied in the rooms but DIRECTV and Netflix may be watched in the den, and DVDs are available on loan from an extensive collection that you may take to your room and watch on your laptop. Three of the rooms have a shower in the bath, two have a tub as well. One room has no shower but features a jacuzzi. Also there is a separate bath off the exercise room and another on the first floor close to all the dining areas for your convenience.

This listing is for the Southwest room. It is very spacious and gets good light all day long. The room features a small desk and a large armoire not pictured in the photographs. The private bath features a shower with seven shower heads, but no bathtub.

Some rooms feature a CD player or an iPod player to listen to music. The entire house and patio is a non-smoking area. We do not accept pets or small children at this time, but future plans include changes to make Bella Notte a child friendly environment. We have a gentle cat in the house, so if you are allergic to cats, this is not the place for you. Three rooms feature Queen size beds and one, the Gold room, is a full. Future plans are to upgrade this room to a queen size bed.

There is a 24/7 coffee station and a mini-fridge centrally located on the 2nd floor available to all the rooms. The mini-fridge is stocked with complimentary, cold bottled water and the single serve coffee station, also complimentary, features regular, decaf, espresso and flavored coffees.

There are four areas where breakfast can be served, The dining room seats ten. The sunny breakfast nook seats four. The solarium seats six and the patio seats four.

The house boasts very large rooms and has multiple dens. The "man cave" features a billiard table, poker table and a backgammon table. Additional dens are a TV room on the first floor, the solarium and a music room on the third floor.

Our kitchen is large and the menu features over three dozen exciting offerings for breakfast. Each morning will feature one egg-based breakfast, one grains-based breakfast and one fruit-based breakfast as well as juices, teas and coffees including espressos, lattes and cappuccinos. Our goal is to provide you a healthy and creative start to each day. We will make every effort to accommodate your special requirements, such as food allergies or simply just likes and dislikes.

Street parking is abundant in a safe neighborhood where residents walk their dogs and jog at all hours. Off street parking can accommodate up to four cars. Downtown is about 5 miles away and UC is even closer. The bus stops with frequency a scant block away. Many fine restaurants exist in the Hyde Park area, which is about 2 miles from our location as well as a few in Norwood and in St. Bernard, both just a little over a mile. The best mall shopping is in Kenwood, about six miles away but Hyde Park boasts many fine shops and malls as well. We are centrally located with easy access to both I71 and I75 as well as 562 known locally as the Norwood Lateral. There are several easy to follow surface roads that lead to the main areas of the city and downtown as well, that can get you there without any traffic, any time of day or night in just minutes. The airport, which is in Kentucky is about 30 miles away but if you want to get a better airfare you can fly into Dayton, a 50 minute drive.

Special arrangements can be made for long term guests who wish to have all their meals served here at Bella Notte.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • What a wonderful stay at Bella Notte! The home is comfortable and full of interesting spaces and beautiful objects. The neighborhood is safe, enjoyable, and a lovely place to walk and be inspired. Michael's breakfasts were truly unique and delicious and he is a welcoming host. What a Cincinnati treasure!

    April 2014
  • We stayed at Michael's lovely home for two nights when we travelled to Cincinnati to see a Bruce Springsteen concert. What a great decision! Not only was the house and accommodation absolutely stunning, we were made to feel immediately at home. As he knew the purpose of our trip, Michael had prepared a few Springsteen albums for us to listen to on his AMAZING sound system - what a treat! He gave great advice on what to see/where to eat in the city and, as all of the reviewers before us have noted, the breakfast was fantastic. Thanks again, Michael!

    April 2014
  • Second time good as the first. Thanks for your hospitality Michael! And the frittata!

    April 2014
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bella Notte. Beautiful home and neighborhood, and Michael makes an awesome frittata!

    April 2014
  • The accommodations were wonderful in this beautiful old tutor. Our room and the public spaces were clean and nicely appointed, eclectic... exuding elegance and charm. The breakfasts were made-to-order and individually selected from a large wall-posted menu... delicious!'s good too! And, as for the host, Michael is gracious, delightfully fascinating, and engaging; he is multifaceted which leads to interesting conversations around the breakfast table or in the parlor. We will definitely return to this lovely and welcoming "airbnb".

    March 2014
  • Michael is a wonderful host! The house is exquisite, with tons of character and interesting details. Michael is a fantastic cook as well and really takes an interest in his guest's likes and dislikes. The house is only about a 10 minute drive to Hyde Park, Mount Lookout areas so it was a very easy commute. Would definitely recommend staying here!

    March 2014
  • I had a wonderful stay with Michael! He was very helpful on finding things to do in the area and his breakfasts were amazing!! I would highly recommend this place. Very clean, quiet and cozy. The food was honestly an added bonus. The room was beautiful and I can't wait to come back. Thank you for everything :)

    March 2014
  • This was my second time staying with Michael and as always I had a great time. His breakfasts are amazing and the house is a true work of art from top to bottom. Very comfortable. We'll be back!

    March 2014
  • Just spent two wonderful nights at Bella Notte. Michael was a wonderful, and wonderfully engaging, host. He's also an excellent chef, the breakfasts were superb!

    We were in Cinci for the weekend to explore and visit with friends and family. But after getting to the Bella Notte, we realized it would also be great to just hang out there. We'll plan more time for that on our next visit. We'll definitely stay there again!

    March 2014
  • My wife and I arrived at Michael's place in the middle of a rather bothersome snowstorm. Michael was extremely accommodating of our uncertain arrival time due to travel delays and even offered us to share his dinner when we finally made it in from the cold. The accommodations were superb - classy and comfortable. Michael's love for cooking, music, and art shown through in every aspect of his home. The food? Phenomenal. Having visited Cincinnati over Valentine's Day weekend, Michael prepared a decadent rose-shaped cherry chocolate bundt cake as an extra treat to celebrate the occasion. Oh my, it was delicious. Michael is an extremely gracious host with a comprehensive knowledge of the area. Anyone who visits Cincinnati should choose to stay at Bella Notte.

    February 2014
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I'm a filmmaker who recently directed a feature film called "The Black Dove" starring John Savage, Sean Young, Abby Wathen, Red West, David Della Rocco and Lou Beattie Jr. My grandfather was a grocer and my Dad was in the Air Force. I learned to cook from my grandmother and mother. Bella Notte is more than just a B&B. It's my home. It's decorated in an eclectic mix and the many books and antiques have deep personal meaning, so please respect them. While I know you will enjoy the atmosphere, its just as much about breakfast. Bella Notte exists for "foodies" and the menu is varied. Let me know if you have any preferences or foods you need to avoid and I will make every effort to craft a meal for you that you will savor and enjoy to begin each day here. In the tradition of my family, mealtime is about sharing our lives through conversation. While you may dine alone, I encourage you to engage the other guests, as well as myself, in discussion and intellectual exploration. Humor is always appreciated, as is serious reflection. so don't be shy. Join us for a dynamic breakfast experience you will help to create.
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