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.
Park out front and come on up through the front door. On arrival guests can download an app that works with their smartphones to have continued access with a passcode to the front door.
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. Guests may choose feather or synthetic pillows.
Neither firearms nor alcohol are permitted to be brought on the premises. Maid service is available upon request. Guests may choose feather or synthetic pillows.
We had a great visit at Bella Notte... it is in a lovely neighborhood which is great for walks. The room was comfortable and the home has many unique features
My wife and I only stayed one night at Michael's but we had a nice time. The neighborhood is very nice and close enough to drive downtown in just a few minutes. The house is unique and Michael was kind enough to show us his awesome stereo setup.
Our breakfast was very good and we would definitely stay again when visiting Cincinnati.
We had a really great time here, we were able to relax and breakfast was delicious! Mike was also really friendly and nice to talk to.
For our periodic travels, we prefer to seek out overnight accommodations that are convenient, yet separated from the hustle and bustle of the larger hotel facilities. In a recent visit to Cincinnati, Ohio, with the assistance of AirBnB, we found such accommodations at Bella Notte, a charming historical mansion in one of the city’s many gaslight districts.
The home is located only minutes from the conference facilities at the University of Cincinnati, yet convenient to downtown and freeways that span the metropolitan area. The period furnishings and the décor of the room in which we stayed were inviting and relaxing. Antiques and artifacts gathered from throughout the world graced the many nooks and crannies.
Our host, Michael, was most accommodating, yet unobtrusive. His combined talents included those of inn manager, executive chef, and concierge. He made sure that our food preferences were accommodated and that our breakfasts were served at times most convenient for us. Needless to say, his ability to select and prepare menus far exceeded the typical morning fare one would find at neighborhood cafes. We needed his assistance in finding our way to a location that was several miles outside the city. As a 26-year resident of the area, Michael recognized the address immediately, and he was quick to map out a route of travel.
Although our busy schedule precluded our relaxing in the reading room, it was obvious that its art-covered walls and its bulging book shelves were there for anyone who chose to soak up the surroundings while joining the house cat that basked in the afternoon’s sunlight.
All of this at a price less than what one would expect to find at “brand named” hotels. Should our travels take us back to Cincinnati, we will be certain to return to Bella Notte.
Great food, great home, great hood! Michael is a wonderful host and an exceptional "chef." I'd stay here again without hesitation, and I'll recommend Bella Notte to everyone I know who is visiting Cincinnati.
Michael was a very gracious host with lots of great stories and knowledge of the area. Hid breakfast were fantastic. His Tudor home was wonderful and I highly recommend a stay with him.
I was in town for a workshop at Xavier and was looking for somewhere to stay that was close by. Bella Notte was just a few minutes away, and Michael was a laid-back and gracious host (as well as a phenomenal cook!). I had a brief but pleasant stay and would stay here again the next time I come through Cincinnati.
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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.