Bella Notte, The Blue Room

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Avondale Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229, United States
Your host, Michael
18 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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 (the Blue room and the Gold room) can share an adjoining bath to become a 2BR suite for convenient family use.

The fifth 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.

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

Since Air BnB requires separate listings for each room I have 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 bathroom, 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 Blue Room which has a private bath with a shower/tub combination. The bathtub is a large "soaking" tub. The room is very spacious and features a desk and bureau not pictured in the photos. Also it has a large walk in closet and a full length door mirror.

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.

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 cappucinos. 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)
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  • Great experience, excellent host, delicious food! I would definitely recommend Bella Notte to anyone traveling to Cincinnati.

    July 2014
  • After years of searching, we've finally found a "home" in Cincinnati. This was our first stay at Bella Notte, but it certainly won't be our last. This beautiful home, located on a quiet street full of amazing architecture, is a treasure for weary travelers. It is an amazing tudor-style house with many original features, and its restful ambiance makes this our new favorite place to stay in Cincy. Michael is a terrific host with delightful stories of a life well-lived. And the food? Check out his photos - a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Will we be back? You BET!

    July 2014
  • Bella Notte is a beautiful house and Michael is a great host. We came to Cincinnati for a wedding and had time to explore the area a bit. Michael gave us numerous suggestions for things to see, neighborhoods to visit, and good restaurants. The house is in a nice area near Xavier and we enjoyed walking through the neighborhood and seeing all the other amazing homes. Our room was lovely, with a very comfortable bed, a walk-in closet (with iron and ironing board) and a private bathroom.
    The best part about staying here is Michael's incredible breakfasts- some of the best we've ever had, and every morning is something different. I highly recommend Bella Notte to anyone visiting the Cincinnati area.

    June 2014
  • We stayed with Michael for two days on a whim trip to Cincinnati. The house and grounds are stunning, the room was comfortable and welcoming, the breakfast phenomenal and best of all was Michael himself. You will enjoy your stay here!

    June 2014
  • My daughter and I had a last min trip to Cincinnati. Michael was wonderful enough to take us in on very short notice. This house was breath taking and full of beauty. The grounds are also extraordinary as well. If you love houses in general this is a must see. We went out and tried to see as much of the city as possible but I was just as content to stay at the house and hang out with Michael. He made us feel like family rather than just guest at his home. He is a fantastic cook so be ready to fall in love with his cooking! He went above and beyond to make our stay an exceptional one. The bed and pillows are very comfy, the house is clean as a whistle, the location is close in to everything downtown. This is a must stay!!!!!!

    June 2014
  • The stay was very enjoyable. Michael was a very pleasant host. He made breakfast and joined for a little chat as when we was done.
    The neighborhood was quiet and very nice. lots of grand homes in the area.
    The Bella Notte is very nice. The room was great. There was a group having an ice cream social that invited us to join with them. We told her we was not part of the party but insisted that we have some ice cream any ways, in which we did.
    I know that I made a good choice in staying here. I picked Bella Notte based on reviews of other. Just 15min from down town. Did not like reviews of other hotels around Cincinnati. Loved it here. Worth the money.

    May 2014
  • I was as a long term guest at MIkes house. Dont know where i can start to talk about the great unforgettable time i spend there. Guess if everybody will be like Mike, the world would be much better.
    His open kind, his lifetime experience, his charme, his knowledge about the city and surroundings is amazing. To all question, to all wishes and to all ideas i have, he was all time able to provide me with great and detailed information or some advices.
    Last but not least i want to talk about his excellent cooking skills. I stay for 6 weeks and not even one morning i get the same breakfirst...amazing...i get 7 kg more than befor...Thank you Mikel...but i love your breakfirst...
    He is like a father, he take care about you and he try everything for you to feel comfortable...He is defenetely the best host i ever have...and i know about what i am talking...i am Globetrotter and every month i have different host´s...but this is a place where i love to come back...THANKS MIKE...!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2014
  • Great nights sleep... quiet neighborhood.
    FANTASTIC water pressure (seriously!)
    The breakfasts were wonderful. Filling. Delicious!

    May 2014
  • I had a terrific experience and encourage others to stay here as well. Everything about the house is beautiful, the room was comfortable, the host is friendly and knowledgeable about the area, the other guests were very pleasant people, and the breakfasts were delicious and special. I loved Cincinnati overall, but Bella Notte is definitely part of what made my weekend great. I'll definitely be back.

    May 2014
  • Mike was a fantastic host! We arranged our trip to Cincinnati literally the previous afternoon, and he took us in smoothly and gracefully. He's a great conversationalist, genuinely interested in his guests and interesting to talk with. He gave us sharp recommendations on local activities, shops and restaurants, tailored to our personalities. By the weekend end of our late-week stay, he was juggling three sets of guests with similar aplomb.

    Bella Notte itself is exactly as beautiful as it looks in the photographs. Each room of this arts-and-crafts-era Tudor manor has its own personality, lovingly cultivated. (Check out the small items on display--they tell their own stories.) It's stuffed with great ways to spend a relaxing day, if you wish. It reflects the wide and diverse interests of its owner, featuring everything from wall-mounted xylophones and a killer restored tube-amplified sound system to deep libraries of books and movies. When you finally decide to emerge, it's located in a fine neighborhood of similarly beautiful homes, centrally located near Xavier University. Any place you might want to go as a tourist is within a twenty-minute drive.

    Mike's breakfasts are top-drawer-professional-chef quality. He's also quite careful to ask about dietary needs and preferences, and to tailor his meals accordingly.

    We enjoyed our first visit to Cincinnati enormously, and a big part of that was Mike's doing. We hope to return--and when we do, we'll stay at Bella Notte again.

    April 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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