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10 Amazing Airbnb Places to Stay in Shanghai

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Updated: 19 May 2017

Shanghai has no shortage of amazing places to stay. From boutique hotels to budget hostels, there really is something for everyone. And with Airbnb, things are no different. Whether you’re looking for a full apartment where you and your friends can crash or a cheap room for a layover, these ten hosts have got you covered.

Historic Charm

This stunning home located in the Former French Concession is designed in a modern Chinese-style with classical touches that add depth and interest to an already beautiful loft apartment. While the sofa bed technically makes this apartment acceptable for three guests, it is best suited for a discerning couple hoping to experience the simple luxuries of this historic neighborhood.

Spectacular Views

With big picture windows overlooking Yu Gardens, this room in French expat Alizee’s home is perfect for anyone interested in experiencing Shanghai’s old town. And at only a five-minute walk away from the Bund, this Airbnb spot is sure to delight anyone who is looking to tick off the major tourist attractions. Should you choose this option, you will be sharing a space with four others, but are guaranteed your own room as well as access to the kitchen, washing machine, and living room.

Budget Beauty

Also located near Yu Gardens is this budget traveler’s dream. At just five square meters, the bedroom is barely a hole in the wall, but the wonderful host has gone out of her way to make it a cute and comfortable space for anyone. Here, you’ll feel like you’re living in history, as the building was erected in 1935 and is well-preserved to maintain its early charms.

Airport Access

The Pudong International Airport isn’t exactly convenient to the city center. That’s why accommodations like this one really stick out if you’re in a pinch. Located just a 15-minute drive from Shanghai’s largest airport, this Airbnb spot is a favorite of those looking for a cozy place to lay their heads during a long layover. For RMB5, the host will even arrange transport for you to and from the airport.

Clean and Modern

Shanghai’s apartments may be characteristic for their character, but as many house hunting aficionados know, character is not always synonymous with quality. For those with a keen eye for class, this clean and modern Airbnb is sure to provide a comfortable stay. The apartment is conveniently located in the Jiangsu Rd. neighborhood, nearby Jing’an Temple and Zhongshan Park.

Lofted Luxury

Situated on the North Bund of the river, this loft apartment makes a great hangout spot for up to four guests. Enjoy amenities such as a 100-inch movie screen with over 84 of the latest movies to choose from, high-speed wifi, fully equipped kitchen, and a high performance washing machine. The 180-degree windows also provide guests with impeccable views of the city.

French Influence

Not only is this apartment decorated in the French style, but the whole building, built in the 1930s, was designed by a French architect as well. They say that Shanghai is the Paris of the East, so why not embrace that? The host, Don, is also known to cook his guests breakfast, a nice perk before going out for a day of shopping at nearby iapm mall.


Not willing to leave your furry friend at home while you travel? This Airbnb understands. Host Yuchen herself has a cat, Sansan, who loves interacting with guests just as much as Yuchen does. If she is cooking, she is happy to set out a plate for you, and she is always prepared to provide recommendations for the surrounding area.

Location, Location, Location

Located in the heart of the central People’s Square neighborhood, this cozy shared apartment is just minutes away from the city’s best museums and attractions. Just up the street is the Bund, which is a must-see for any Shanghai first-timer. There, you’ll also find the best upscale restaurants and clubs the city has to offer.

Natural Lighting

Recommended for traveling families, this spacious and unique Former French Concession mansion was carefully decorated by its nature-loving owners. Each of the three bedrooms features plenty of natural light, and the private garden provides an oasis for you and the songbirds that frequent it. This house has everything you could possibly need for your stay, even a library to escape in on rainy days.