If you’ve been to Shanghai lately, you know that this is a city on the move. Changing at the speed of light, this city is evolving faster than anyone can keep up with it. Whether you’re looking for a modern Airbnb that looks out on to the Bund, or a cute flat in the French Concession, there are as many options about where to stay in Shanghai as there are new buildings going up. With that in mind, here are 8 Fabulous Shanghai Airbnb homes that are perfect for getting to know this changing city.
8. Peacock Perfection – $69 a night
If you’re looking for a clean, happy oasis to return to after a day in the bustling city of Shanghai, this adorable little pad is hard to beat. Situated near the coveted French Concession area, this flat is located in an older wood house so just be prepared for a few creeks and little extra noise. There are kitchen appliances such as an electric ceramic stove and utensils, but frankly, given all the incredible restaurants and take out nearby, there’s little need for a full kitchen anyway.
Besides, what this this Shanghai Airbnb lacks in appliances, it makes up for it in terms of both location and charm. You’ll be just a short walk away from the fascinating People’s Park (where matchmaking parents act as a sort of public dating service for their single children) and the Shanghai Museum, which, while hideous on the outside holds some of China’s most stunning art. At $69 a night, this little pied-a-terre is the perfect bargain for someone on a budget!
7. Historic Bungalow- $81 a night
Located in an exceptionally elegant part of the city, this lovely early 20th-century building (which is historically protected) was once the residence of a bank governor. Bright, airy, and clean, this Shanghai Airbnb offers a lot of space in a place that’s not exactly known for it. With three bedrooms and one bath, this place not only has sufficient room but a lot of great amenities including a coffee machine, a milk foam machine, rice cooker, TV with Bluetooth speakers, and washer dryer.
There’s even 24-hour hot water for a shower so no need to worry about not having enough! You’ll also be within steps of the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Museum, the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and even a bowling alley!
6. Japanese Style Apartment – $105 a night
OK, look: We know this Bund-area apartment is beyond amazing, but at some point, you’re really going to need to get out and see the city! Offering 180-degree views of the city, this Japanese-style apartment is just a short walk from the world-famous Bund and has to-die-for views of the Huangpu River. Sleeping up to four guests, this $105-a-night Airbnb is a huge bargain for a small group of friends.
Tastefully decorated with Tatami mats and sliding paper doors, and equipped with kimono robes for the perfect Instagram shots, it’s hard to know what’s more picturesque: the apartment or the view! You’ll be within walking distance of the famous and very historic Peace Hotel, the lovely Bund Tea Company if you’re up for some tea, and Just make sure you manage to get yourself up and out of that adorable little rattan chair at some point and see the actual city!
5. Dynamic Duplex – $109 a night
OK, how incredible is that built-in wall sculpture and how great is it going to look when you post it on Instagram? And let’s discuss that staircase! As if those weren’t visually exciting enough, how about that terrace that looks right out over the Bund? In fact, you can see the Bund from just about every spot in the place including the bedroom and the bathroom! And OMG, is that an aquarium that’s built into the wall??? How is this place only $109??? Seriously?
The only oddity we can find regarding this fabulous Shanghai Airbnb is that the owner has expressed how crucial it is that you not set the place on fire. We hate to think what precipitated that, but other than that, this place is incredibly solid!
4. Swing Time Shanghai – $125 a night
As wonderful and as exciting as Shanghai can be, like any major city, it can take a lot out of you which is why it’s so nice to have a calm place to return at the end of the day and this Bund-area apartment is just that. With a stunning tub that not only looks out over the city but is surrounded by greenery, soft lantern lights, pretty, white netting over each bed, white and neutral-toned walls, and even a lovely indoor porch swing, everything about this Shanghai Airbnb speaks to calm!
Sleeping five in two bedrooms, at just $125 a night, this is one of Shanghai’s better bargains! Having been featured in movies, this historic apartment building is a lovely place to live, whether you’re going to be there long-term or short-term!
3. Wooden Airbnb Home – $34 a night
Good luck finding a better or more charming bargain in all of Shanghai! At $34 a night, this sweet little wooden house will make you feel not as if you’re visiting Shanghai, but as if you’re actually living here. Sleeping two people, this one-bedroom home has everything you could ask for: a modern kitchen, laundry machine with dryer, LED TV, cooking equipment, and even amenities you’ll need when you first arrive like towels, shampoo, and even a toothbrush.
There’s a pretty skylight and lots of greenery and a minimum of general “stuff” to have to worry about taking care of. There’s also air conditioning which is crucial for those crazy-humid Shanghai summers! Located on the ground floor of the building, this is also a great place for someone who has a hard time with stairs.
2. Shopper’s Delight – $48 a night
If you like hanging out at the mall you literally could not find a better place than this. At $48 a night, this adorable little place is right across the street from one of the best malls in Shanghai so you’ll be able to spend all the money you save! In a 1930s building, this French Concession gem is right near the Iapm Mall where you’ll find everything from Muji to Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana to Michael Kors to a fabulous top floor food court. (And BTW, if Muji is your thing you’ll be within a short walk to their insanely incredible flagship store!)
You’ll also be within dozens of great little boutiques and coffee shops. The owner grew up and lives in Shanghai and loves to share her knowledge of the city so be sure to ask her for great recommendations!
1. Glam Shanghai Airbnb Pad – $235 a night
If you’ve been lucky enough to stay in Shanghai, either in an Airbnb or otherwise, you know that it’s becoming an incredibly glamorous city and this apartment will make you feel as if you’re a part of that. While it’s on the higher end of the Shanghai Airbnbs at $235 a night it sleeps six so it’s really not that expensive after all (and it has a hot tub so you can all get in there together!).
Right near the Bund, this Shanghai Airbnb offers a sick view of the Harbor including an great view of the Oriental Pearl Tower! If you don’t know your way around town, the No.5 sightseeing bus stops right downstairs. You’ll also be close to Nanjing Road for endless shopping as well as the aquarium if you happen to be traveling with kids. When you get back home you can plop yourself in one of those chairs by the window and just watch the world go by!