After a harrowing taxi ride from Lisbon Airport--up and down and around narrow streets, before squealing to a stop in front of Zuzabed, my first thought was: oh no, what have I done?" We were barely out of our cab, in front of a narrow rowhouse, when we were greeted, our luggage carried up a flight of stairs, deposited in the breakfast-dining room, and a pot of tea set down before us. The rest is just one lovely story after another, from the breakfast room with its aqua-painted tables and chairs, to the upstairs sitting room--interesting, compelling art on the walls, a chaise-lounge, television (which we never watched) dvds, books, and best of all, the "meeting up" with our fellow guests--an artist from the Netherlands, an accountant (really a poet, she said, and I believed her) from Venezuela, and two women from Canada. The breakfasts were good coffee, cheese, ham, yogurts, croissants, jams. There was a computer to use, free WIFI. And then there was the neighborhood, Baixa-Chiado, convenient to trains, metro, buses, an organic grocery, cafes, shopping high-and-low, bookstores, restaurants everywhichway, the famous five-story elevator, and at the corner, the magnificent Ruinas do Carmo, a church and convent built in the 1400s, now a local archaelogical museum, its arches open to the sky, the walls destroyed in the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755. We had one of those serendipitous moments of grace, listening to an acapella choir singing hymns in Latin and Portuguese, ending with "Somewhere over the Rainbow" in English. Next door to the church is the headquarters of the Republican Guarda, once home to the late dictator Salazar's henchmen. We met us with proprietor Luis on our second day, as warm and accommodating as Lisbon itself. And Carlos the omniscient staff member....we seemed to bump into him around every corner, and his tips were excellent--the concert, how to see the hills from a cafe, instead of the crowded-wait-in-line five-story elevator. Our reason for being in Lisbon was to attend a Leonard Cohen concert, easy to get to by metro, and although it was nearly 2 am when we got out, and the metros were closed, we got on a couple of buses and just "asked" our way home. The night was balmy, Lisbon friendly, the concert magnificent, and the next day we packed and walked the few blocks to the train station, and headed to Sintra. Highly highly recommended, everything you'd need or want in Lisbon, and then some.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you're looking for a genuine and welcoming Portuguese way of living don't look any furhter. At ZUZA we proudly love to show our city and to help make you feel at home is indeed our goal. Anyway, this is not an hotel, ok! :) This is a B&B for relaxed people that consider comfort and prime location together with a local home service and company the most important thing to have when on holidays. While here you'll find the rest of the small luxuries we have for you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Zuzabed & Breakfast b&b, Suites And Apartments Hotel Lisbon
- Zuzabed & Breakfast Bed And Breakfast, Suites And Apartments