About This Listing
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 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.
Another bedroom is used as 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.
Two bedrooms are occupied by the owner and used as an office.
Since Air BnB requires separate listings for each room there are several listings, one for each available room. Be sure to check all the calenders for availability. For your convenience all rooms are pictured in each listing 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. We have a gentle cat in the house, so if you are allergic to cats, this is not the place for you. All rooms feature Queen size beds except one, the Gold room, which is a full.
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 including juices, teas, coffee, espresso, 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. UC, the hospitals and the zoo are just a couple miles. Xavier is about 5 blocks. 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 your special needs, so be sure to ask when you make your initial inquiry.
Park out front and come in through the front door. If you have a smartphone, we can give you access with an app that is easily uploaded.
Interaction with Guests
Encouraged but not required.
This is a quite neighborhood with older homes and established families. It is an extremely safe neighborhood and is commonly walked by neighbors in early morning and late into the evening and after dark.
Public transportation on a main route is only a block away. We are centrally located between the two main highways and a mile from the connecting lateral, 2 miles from Hyde Park, 3 from UC and 5 from downtown.
Other Things to Note
Maid service is available upon request, however, regular service is provided for longer term guests.
Guests may choose feather or synthetic pillows.
Generally please observe a reasonable quiet after 9pm. This is not a "party" house.
This was my first AirBnB experience and it was fantastic! The neighborhood was lovely - quiet and scenic. The house itself was beautiful - a Tudor-style cottage with much of the original architecture and plumbing intact.
Michael was very friendly and helpful, giving us great recommendations for local dining. He was especially accommodating when I invited some friends over by helping us set up outdoor music (smooth jazz, of course, though there was a lot of variety) and the fire pit. Breakfast was also delicious, and Michael paid special attention to my dietary restrictions. He also makes a mean cup of joe!
Overall, a very positive experience. We only stayed for 2 nights, but if we were to visit Cincinnati again, this would likely be our first choice for lodging.
The description was very accurate; the room was very comfortable and the shower was amazing! Michael cooked an amazing breakfast in the morning and, when he learned we had an interest in music, told us a great story about his sound system and put on some jazz. It was a great stay and we would definitely return!
This was my first experience using Airbnb and I'm glad it was with Mike! He was a kind and generous host, we felt welcomed and cared for but not smothered. We spent most of our days with him in Cincinnati out of the house but the one day we stayed around and rested on the beautiful patio in the shade. His home is gorgeous and tastefully decorated. If we ever come into the area again we'll be sure to look up Bella Notte again. Thank you!
great place to stay. wonderful atmosphere and attentive host. good breakfast. good conversation. would not hesitate to stay there the next time we're passing through Cincinnati. highly recommend.
We really enjoyed our stay at Bella Notte. Michael was a kind and accommodating host, and the house was beautiful. The Southwest room was spacious and comfortable--we especially liked the 6-head shower. Breakfast was delicious, and Michael made it easy to check-in and out early. We'd definitely stay at Bella Notte again.
Michael was very friendly and accommodating. The interior was amazing and the neighborhood was lovely, quiet, and conveniently located. Our host had terrific insight for attractions and makes a phenomenal breakfast! We really enjoyed our stay and look forward to booking again.
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About the Host, Michael
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.