Zuzabed and Breakfast

Calcada do Duque, 29 - 2, Lisbon, 1200-155, Portugal
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Luis has made Zuzabed ...a must stay while in Lisbon! It's a winner!

by TripAdvisor Member JinglesMarie

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ZuzaBed and Breakfast is a wonderful place to stay while planning a holiday in Lisbon, Portugal! The host, Luis is an honest, hard working person who immediately welcomes you by his genuine and sincere kindness. We want to add our favorable comments to the list all the wonderful reviews already on the Trip Adviser site which we wholeheartedly agree with. Our visit was in October 2007, which was a wonderful time for beautiful comfortable weather. The tastefully decorated rooms had all the modern conveniences to insure everyone’s comfort. We stayed in the Castle View room and we shared the terrace with another room that overlooked the city. The views of St George’s Castle were superb; there was even a full moon to complete the vista (picture perfect).

Sharing the delicious healthy family style breakfasts with other guests was fun and made for one big happy gathering each morning. Luis always made time to go over our daily sightseeing plans and help us perfect them to ensure a fantastic day.

We stayed for five nights and every time a new guest arrived, Luis would welcome them by inviting the other guests to get together that evening in the common area room with some soft music and delicious wine to welcome the newcomers; Luis definitely goes the extra mile to insure enjoyment. It was such a nice touch, everyone got to know each other, share stories and have a lot of laughs together. Sometimes a few friends of Luis would also stop in for a visit during these gatherings so we also got a chance to experience socializing with local people. In general, we found throughout Lisbon the Portuguese people to be very friendly, more so then a lot of other European countries. Something funny happened to us while socializing with other guests; we discovered that one of the guests was from our hometown in Denville, NJ. Even though neither of us live there now , we had both grown up there and went to the same elementary school, imagine that …half way around the world and we meet someone to share memories of growing up in the same small USA town, it makes for a small world …great fun!

We have traveled many years to Europe on holidays and as far as we are concerned, there is no better way to visit Lisbon and its’ surrounds, than to stay in ZuzaBed with Luis. Luis will become your temporary family, a kind person who will long stay in your heart and help you make memories to cherish forever.

Stylish B & B in the center of Lisbon, lovingly-run by Luis

by TripAdvisor Member wanderlust2007Paris

When we arrived at Zuzabed, Luis greeted us warmly and made me feel like I was staying with a friend. The B & B itself was very centrally-located: it was very easy to get there from where the airport bus drop people off (Rossio) and there was good access to trams and buses from Zuzabed. I really appreciated how Luis gave us tips on restaurants, fado bars and things to do - he is a great storyteller and I could just tell that he is passionate about meeting his guests from all over the world at his B & B. He will ask you to stick a pin on your home country on a giant map! The room was very comfortable, well-equipped and tastefully-furnished. We stayed in a room with a terrace with a superb view of Lisbon by day and by night. It was fun to sip Porto (graciously provided by Luis) there with a view of the castle, the paved streets and the restaurant-goers dining right on the staircase right below. Thanks again Luis for being so nice and hospitable - since I managed to find some beautiful azulejo tiles on your advice, I'll be thinking of my wonderful experience at the Zuzabed whenever I look at those them! Thanks also Fatima for the great breakfast (you serve great orange juice and eggs!)

Bed, breakfast and much, much more

by TripAdvisor Member Gee_Family

2 nights in Zuzabed with the family was the perfect start to our holiday. A glass of water and a seat on our arrival followed by a welcoming introduction and chat from our delightful host Luis got us into the Lisbon frame of mind straight away. The rooms were just as described, compact stylish, clean with the added bonus of a lovely terrace in one room overlooking the city. Breakfast was relaxed and delicious. Luis's hospitality was perfect from the e-mail with map before our journey to the help with our luggage on arrival and departure. A perfect location for a fantastic B+B.


by TripAdvisor Member tal27

All the other reviews are correct, but I'll add my two cents. Our arrival in Lisbon was not great - surly people at the airport (the AskLisboa information desks really are universally rude - very unique concept for tourism!), but this all changed on arrival to Zuzabed. You need the instructions Luis will send to you to find the place, but that just adds to its attraction and the feeling that you are at home there. The location is fabulous - straight down the stairs to the Rossio square, and only 10 minutes from the waterfront. Luis greeted us, was friendly and warm for the entire stay and nothing was too much effort. The place was very clean and well decorated. I do reiterate the comments re the stairs - when in the Castle View room you have 3 steep flights of stairs to climb from the front door. I enjoyed it, but I think after two days my 60 year old mother was not relishing the climb. But that is Lisbon! Small touches such as the huge world map showing where guests came from with little pins, and the bowl of sweets by the stairs for snacking during the day all were great. The only possible improvement (common to a lot of B&Bs) is that it would have been nice to have tea/coffee making facilities in the room. Luis success is shown in the fact that he is about to open Zuzabed 2 in Lisbon.
We stayed in the Castle View room which was fantastic with a large window framing the castle beautifully. Even though it was colder we used the terrace, and enjoyed sitting out watching the sun go down, with the rugs that Luis provides wrapped around our legs.
We also enjoyed the range of DVDs that he has available to watch in your own room, when you are a bit sleepy after a long day sightseeing.
Breakfast was lovely, and it was nice to chat with others and compare notes on what to do in Lisbon. It did set you up for the day. I can also recommend the cafe Academica in the nearby square, which does fantastic toasted sandwiches and a beer late afternoon to tide you from breakfast to dinner.
Another Lisbon suggestion - the two day Carris pass which gives unlimited open top bus and tram tours, plus free public transport and the airport bus for Euro30 is fantastic value, and very convenient!

Fantastic place to stay in Lisboa

by A TripAdvisor Member

This was our first visit to Portugal (and certainly not our last) and after staying at Zuzabed for the five nights we were in Lisbon, we wouldn’t even consider staying anywhere else next time. When we arrived a little later than we originally told Luis, he interrupted his lunch with some friends at a nearby restaurant and ran down to meet us. We felt a little guilty but he said it happens all the time. He took the time to show us around and explain the metro and bus system and recommended some really good places to eat, and we enjoyed every one of them, especially Cantinho des Gaveas and Esperanca (great pizza).
We stayed in the Garden Room which was just off the living room and breakfast room and it was beautifully decorated and comfortable. The balcony offered a great view of the castle and overlooked the Restaurant Securas below us, also recommended.
Luis’s breakfasts were also pretty incredible. Eggs, anyway you wanted, fresh bread, ham, cheese, fruit cocktail, juice, pastries (my favorite were the ones made with coconut that looked like little ice cream cones), and plenty of coffee and hot milk. On most days, we didn’t even need to stop for lunch. The breakfasts would usually hold us over till dinner.
A couple times during our stay, we got back late in the evening after walking and sightseeing all day and were pretty exhausted. Some of the other guests were hanging out in the living room so we stopped to chat for awhile. Luis brought out a couple bottles of wine and before we knew it, it was after midnight. We all felt like we were staying with relatives. That’s how comfortable and fun it was.
We’re not very hard to please when it comes to accommodations when we travel. We always look to stay at b&bs whenever possible because we feel they’re much more personal than a hotel. We’ve stayed at some terrific ones and some that have been lacking in one thing or another, but there wasn’t one thing that we lacked when we stayed here. Luis made sure of that and we thank him for it.

traveler's delight!

by TripAdvisor Member thehermit

If you are a traveler rather than a tourist; if you want to experience rather than observe, then Azuzabed and its host will fill the order. You are right there in the "hood"! And I say this with a positive connotation. Its front door opens unto a truly moorish designed street which consists of a series of wide and low steps that are frequently broken by landings large enough to allow several resturants to set up tables, chairs & umberellas for outdoor dining. It is said that Lisbon consists of 7 hills and from the small balconies or large terrace of the B & B you can see beautiful vistas as well as St George's castle one hill over. I enjoyed leaning over the balcony making small talk with others (as most citizens of Portugal are want to do) or engage in people watching. It is centrally located to great dining, fado clubs and shopping. The rooms are pleasantly appointed and serve as a serene respite to rejuvenate. And its true!...the breakfast is plentiful and very good. The eggs are to die for. It is quite simply a home...your temporary home. You can relax, listen to music, watch DVDs or cruise on the internet, for free. Currently, there isn't any phones in the rooms but this might be remedied by the time you arrive. Also there are 2-3 flights of stairs to navigate (typically european). And then there is the crowning personal touch...the host Luis! He is a wealth of information and can even help with private tours to Sintra, Fatima, etc. But most of all his demeanor is such that you know you are welcomed as part of his extended family of citizens of the world.
So, I recommend this B & B without reservations to all those who are into experiencing (travelers) rather than observing (tourists). Enjoy!!!

Perfect location, fantastic host

by TripAdvisor Member Greatbarrier06

We stayed in the castle terrace room - the view of the castle was fantastic.
Breakfast was great, freshly pressed orange juice, eggs to order ....

Luis is the best host you could ask for, with tips for the day, restaurants in evening, special events or just great for a chat.

The rooms are simple but nicely set up, complimentary port and madiera on arrival.

In general, worth the visit and a great base for exploring the city.

Excellent host

by TripAdvisor Member DennisKyram

We have to agree with everything that has been written about Zuzu. Luis was the highpoint since he really seems to enjoy playing host and has still not grown wary of having to keep on recommending restaurants, fado clubs, how to get here or there.....I realise how much richer a vacation is when you get chatting to the 'natives' and here was the perfect opportunity.

We wanted the Castle Terrace room which seemed well worth the extra cost, but it was taken, so we stayed in the Vintage which was perfectly adequate, very clean, modern, well furnished, if a little small. I would definately pay more for the great terrace and views out from Castle Terrace next time.

One point to mention. If you are physically challenged or have breathing/heart issues, this place is not for you. There are steps, lots of them, and some are very steep.

Great hospitality and location

by TripAdvisor Member PaulSomewhere

Our 3 nights in Lisbon were made extra special by staying at this B&B. Luis who runs the B&B was extremely friendly and a mine of information. He recommended places to go to eat, to see and to listen to Fado (a must) and all were A++. If you have mobility problems forget it as this place is half way up a a large set of steps but apart from that it's perfect! Rooms were clean, ours came with a balcony with an amazing view of Lisbon.
Breakfast was great- a good selection of food and Luis sometimes in attendance to entertain.
You're located in an ideal spot for sightseeing and evening entertainment.
Overall a superb place to stay.

Great host and location

by TripAdvisor Member RonnieSEUnitedStates

We stayed here for 4 nights upon our arrival in Lisbon. The room and bathroom were spotlessly clean; and the bed was comfortable. Our host, Luis, the owner/manager, invests a lot of time in making sure that guests are comfortable; and provides a wealth of information on Lisbon's neighborhoods and attractions. The varied breakfast offerings, including fresh orange juice and fruit salad, were presented very attractively. There are stairs involved to gain access to the rooms. We highly recommend this lodging which is centrally located and close to many good restaurants.


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transport from the trainstation to the airport of Lisboa

by boeykens

Could you please tell me how I can travel from the trainstation in Lisboa the
national airport? How much time I will spend on it and how much the trip will

Re: transport from the trainstation to the airport of Lisboa

by leics


will give you information about transport if you click 'Getting there' on the left-hand menu

I assume it is Estacio Oriente at which you will arrive? You have a choice of 'ordinary' bus number 5 (every 20 minutes) or the Aeroshuttle service (every 30 minutes) from outside this station. The ordinary bus is a bit cheaper (1.35 euro, the Aeroshuttle is 3.50) but will take longer.

www.carris.pt will give you timetables.

I have not made the journey from Estacio Oriente, but I would guess at a time of around 30-40 minutes. Check on the Carris website and allow a bit more for potential traffic congestion.

Re: transport from the trainstation to the airport of Lisboa

by leics

If you are arriving at Cais do Sodre station then the Aerobus goes from directly outside the station entrance, taking around 40 minutes (depending on traffic) and costing 3.50 euro. There are 'ordinary' buses too..look at the link in my first post for details.

Re: transport from the trainstation to the airport of Lisboa

by cubsur

I have made the journey by bus from Gare Oriente to the airport in fifteen (15) minutes, including the time it took me to leave the railway station and find the correct bus stop! The fare is €1,40 now or €3,70 on Aeroshuttle bus number 96.

However, there are many train stations in Lisboa, so it is needed to know which station. Oriente is the nearest to the airport, but not all trains go there.

Re: transport from the trainstation to the airport of Lisboa

by Paulinho551

Which train station? There are three main railway stations in Lisbon: Cais do Sodré, Santa Apolonia and Oriente.


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Address: Calcada do Duque, 29 - 2, Lisbon, 1200-155, Portugal