The best of both worlds

The modern elevator at Bailèn 41 is just perfect for wrangling luggage, groceries, and other bulky or heavy items. 

But for just plain simple coming and going, most of our guests prefer to take the marble stairs with the porcupine balustrade and the modernist-patterned walls.

Wouldn't you?

The new bigger, badder bathroom!

We're proud to show off the completely brand-spanking new and considerably expanded bathroom at Bailèn 41!

Our great team of Barcelona bath building professionals relocated (i.e., tore down and then rebuilt) the wall separating the bathroom from the luggage storage room, removed all existing wall and floor tile as well as all the bathroom fixtures and accessories, and reworked the plumbing and electricity.

Notable new features include a double sink set-up with four ample self-closing drawers, a great big walk-in shower with a three-function shower head, plenty of space to move around, new controllable lighting, and an overall fantastic feel. As a recent guest remarked, "The best place in Barcelona just got better!"

We always agree with our guests!

The latest addition to our walking tours: the Plaça del Rei

Right in the heart of Barcelona's old town adjacent to the cathedral is a unique spot that encompasses more than 17 centuries of civilization in Barcelona, from the Romans through the Visigoths to medieval times and the Renaissance! And, of course, it's a nice walk from Bailèn 41, your vacation home in Barcelona.

Check out the details on our latest walking tour to the Plaça del Rei.

Will walk for food!

Where to eat in Barcelona - that's always something on everyone's mind! The official Bailèn 41 guidebook (available in the apartment) offers several suggestions for munching through the surrounding neighborhood, but plenty more great cuisine is available throughout the city.

And thanks to some recent guests from California - who offered to share their culinary experiences, complete with notes and photos - here are some excellent suggestions for eating on the "other" side of l'Eixample. All three restaurants are about a 20-25 minute walk from Bailèn 41, just enough to work up a healthy appetite. (Of course, you can always take a short and inexpensive cab ride.)

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#1. La Palmera, Carrer Enric Granados 57 (tel: 93 453 23 38)

* small charming restaurant; friendly, helpful staff
* excellent tapas tasting menu at a really reasonable price plus an a la carte menu

* features a number of foie gras dishes (looked delicious!)

#2. Mauri / 1929 Barcelona, Rambla de Catalunya 102 (tel: 93 215 10 20)

* pastries and candies of all sorts
* tea salon with excellent tea sandwiches and generous "gintonics" (as the Spaniards call them).

#3. La Pastisseria Barcelona, Carrer d'Aragó 228 (tel: 93 451 84 01)

* works of art pastries that are absolutely delicious

Conveniently located right near everything wonderful

But don't just take our word for it! Read what our guests have to say:

"Set in a beautiful and completely walkable neighborhood of modernista buildings on tree-lined avenues, Bailen 41 is a comfortable stroll to nearly everything we wanted to see or do in Barcelona and a delightfully quiet and comfortable place to relax between outings."

"Ideal accommodation in perfect location."

"The location is exceptional, in walking distance to many of the modernist sites, and close to three subway or local train stations, to easily access sights further away."

"The location is fantastic; very convenient with great restaurants, shops, etc., nearby yet not touristy at all."

"The location is perfect for either walking or taking public transportation to the city’s many attractions with groceries, markets and restaurants nearby."

"Fantastic location - walking distance to everything, easy access to subway/bus as needed, yet removed from the hustle so it's very quiet."

"Walking distance to all the highlights and yet private enough for us to enjoy the end of the day with the locals....we loved eating at the local cafes (just outside our door) and feeling like locals not tourists."

"The location is great. Very close to the metro and walking distance to Barcelona's must-see sights and shopping areas. Many choices for dining, bakeries, and groceries are near-by."

"I can't imagine a better location for a Barcelona visit."

"The apartment is in a wonderful neighborhood and is centrally located. We walked almost everywhere to the museums, concerts, the Sagrada Familia and all over Barcelona. There are plenty of wonderful shops, restaurants and a great local market about 5 blocks away which sells fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, bread and pastries."

"The location is excellent, walking distance to Plaza Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, Barrio Gotico, Picasso Museum, Las Ramblas, etc., and accessible by nearby metro to all other major sights."

"A perfect place in a perfect location; expectations exceeded!"

"The perfect location on a quiet street in l'Eixample - easy walk to Passeig de Gracia, el Born and Gotic areas, with, of course, beautiful architecture to take en route.

"Simply the best location in the heart of Barcelona."

"Hit the jackpot" with Bailèn 41

Bistro Menil Chef Greg Martin on what to see, do, and eat in Barcelona. His recommendation for where to stay? Barcelona Apartment for Rent, of course!

Where to stay

barcelona aptI think I hit the jackpot renting an apartment in the L’Example Dreta area from a former Texan now residing permanently in Barcelona  The ideally located apartment was spacious and close to the Tetuan metro station even though we walked most of the time.  I would highly recommend her place as it was in an ideal area and the owner could not have been more thoughtful.  She had some much needed provisions upon our arrival and from A to Z, the apartment was very thoughtfully readied for visitor’s needs. . . .After several trips to Europe I know I prefer apartments as I can cook when the mood strikes and you get a better sense of how the locals live.  I like setting up a temporary home, going to local farmer’s markets and cooking breakfast or even dinner when I’m just to tired to go out after a long day of sightseeing. Read the chef's recommendations on where to eat and what to see here.

The Best Sight & Sound Combo in Barcelona

Barcelona's amazing modernista concert hall - Palau de la Música Catalana - is a must-see/must-hear for anyone coming to Barcelona.

Trip Advisor ranks it as #3 of "598 Things to Do in Barcelona", right behind the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo and right ahead of the Gothic Quarter.  (And all four of these activities, by the way, are easy walking distance from Bailèn 41.)

Daily guided tours of the building are offered, but if you really want the whole experience, buy a ticket for one of the Palau's world class musical performances and enjoy the amazing combination of sights and sounds. The Palau offers the gamut of musical tastes: classical, contemporary, jazz, gospel, children's programs, flamenco, and more.

The newly announced 2016-2017 program includes such gems as:

  • William Christie directing Les Arts Florissants in Händel's Messiah;
  • Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting the English Baroque Soloists in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulissee in patria;
  • Pincas Zukerman performing Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms;
  • René Jacobs conducting the Freiburger Barockorchester in Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Mozart's Cosi fan tutte;
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducting all nine Beethoven symphonies in one week;
  • Sir András Schiff and Daniel Barenboim playing piano; and
  • Jordi Savall directing Le Concerts des Nations in Mozart's last 3 symphonies.

Bailèn 41, of course, offers our guests free concierge service for Palau and other tickets. We're here to help!

More from our honored guests

Recent visitors from Australia just submitted a 5-star review headlined "ideal accommodation in perfect location."

Here's more:
"Thank you . . .  for allowing us to stay in your beautiful apartment. Even though our stay was a brief one, the communication we had prior to our arrival and departure was very prompt and most helpful. The apartment was as described and the location allowed for peaceful nights' rest after busy days exploring near and far in Barcelona. We made use of the metro to venture farther afield but most of the main attractions are within walking distance. The tips for eating and shopping locally were much appreciated and we took advantage of them. Bailen 41 is an excellent property in a great local location [with] a wonderful host. We would not hesitate staying their again and can recommend it highly."

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Bailèn 41: The Snowbirds' Report

Wonderful guests from Michigan kicked off 2016 with a three-month stay in Bailèn 41. Below are
Bailèn 41: Your vacation home in Barcelona
excerpts from their glowing report on their experiences (click here for the full review): 

"Barcelona is a snowbird’s delight and [Bailèn 41] is the best place to roost!" 
Bailèn 41 "has everything you need for a great stay in a great city . . . superbly located . . . within easy walking distance to many of the most iconic Barcelona destinations." 
"Barcelona [is] often called the best walking city in the world. I agree. There is so much to do and see, stay as long as you can. We never ran out of fun activities, even in 3 months. Winter is a great time to visit, far fewer tourists than in the summer months and the weather was fantastic for anything (even a few days warm enough for the beach)."
"[I]t just doesn’t get any better!"
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Bailèn 41's favorite snowbirds Tracy and Len are wrapping up their three-month expedition to experience everything Barcelona and environs have to offer. Tracy has kindly written this guest post on the bull rings of Barcelona, complete with her water color of "La Monumental: The Bullfighter's Perspective." We love our guests!

Catalunya outlawed bull fighting several years ago, meaning there's no bull to be found in Barcelona's two bull rings. This also means that you can enjoy these architectural beauties without the gore or the guilt. Both arenas, of course, are within easy striking distance of Bailèn 41.

watercolor courtesy of Tracy P.
The closest arena is La Plaza Monumental de Barcelona, built in 1914 and with a capacity of almost 20,000 persons. La Monumental, as it's generally called, now houses the Museo Taurino. For a small fee, you can enter the gates, walk around the arcade, and imagine what it would be like to see the stands filling with cheering patrons. On the winter day that we visited we had the whole place to ourselves. We walked out into the center of the ring, faced the red doors, and imagined the bull coming straight for us. YIKES! Time to check out the horse stables and the animal pens, which featured individual stalls for each of the six bulls in a corrida.

The museum attached to the arena turns back the hands of time. Yellowed newspaper articles, old posters, and matador costumes line the walls; the heads of renowned bulls loom overhead, all with at least one ear missing and most lacking both. Suggested reading before you go: the chapter on "The Bulls" in IBERIA, James Michener's marvelous book on all things Spanish, available from your Bailèn 41 concierge.

Getting there from Bailèn 41: Exit the apartment, cross the street, turn right onto Grand Vía and walk six blocks to Carrer Marina.

For a less gruesome experience, head to Plaça Espanya and Las Arenas, an old ring from 1890 transformed into a modern shopping mall. The building retains all of the original flair on the exterior but now boasts an interior that has been wonderfully updated with upscale shops and modern conveniences. Take the escalator to the top floor and walk the perimeter of the structure for a great 360-degree view of the city. Also on this level are several fine dining options; on others you'll find flamenco shows and movies.

Getting there from Bailèn 41: Left from the apartment, cross Grand Vía, and hop on the H12 bus to Plaça Espanya. For the return, catch the H12 on the other side of Gran Vía.  The Tetuan bus stop is right at the corner of Bailen. So convenient.

If you must see a bullfight while you're in Spain, follow the directions in "Day Trip to Madrid" and book your tickets.