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Heritage | Blue Retreat Nr the Bund
Heritage | Blue Retreat Nr the Bund
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

Host's Review: Walking inside a beautiful Chinese lane house community, and find your hidden Zen oasis! The loft space features a queen size bed and a big queen size sofa bed right in front of the balcony. Perfect for 2-4 person stay!

The space

★ Detached vintage lane house at city center! What better way to experience modern and old Shanghai than staying in an authentic and modern building, in a central location just nearby the Huangpu riverbank, yet on a safe, quiet and historical area, with attractions, food, shopping and public transportation? The area was the most famous slum of Shanghai in the old days so you can truly feel the contrary in between the old town and new town in the new era. 20% of the area still has old Shanghainese residing in the old floor level houses and the Shanghai Ghetto are just blocks away that you can portray with your camera.

★ Getting Around
Shanghai may be a city for those that love to walk, and this location is perfect to do just that. However, there is the metro station around the corner. Tourist attractions like the Bund, 1933 “Creative Hub” (a former slaughterhouse that’s been transformed into a large space for art, music and restaurants), Oriental Pearl Tower, Pudong Financial Center (Lujiazui), Nanjing Road, Xintiandi, Tianzifang, People Square and Yu Garden are all accessible from here.

If you need to go to cities nearby for sight seeing, such as Wu Zhen (乌镇), Hangzhou (杭州), I can also help order car service. The car capacity is 4 person in one car. The one-day trip can start in early morning and back at night.

If you want to have a relaxed day you can indulge in a traditional Chinese massage just in a nearby street. They also do manicures… Maybe a foot massage if you've walked a little much ;-)

★ The Apartment
Furthermore, the luxury of 1 bedroom (loft structure with two separate sleeping areas), 1 sofa bed, 1 kitchen, and 1 bath at this price point is very rare in a top rated heritage location in town. Lots of fun shopping, cafes and restaurants within short walking distance.

Large main bedroom with queen-sized bed and private bath en suite. Pet free, smoke free household. Living and dining rooms, kitchen and laundry room. Fast WI-FI and extended cable TV. Let me know if you want to order a VPN access to int'l website such as (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) because China Government blocks them. The bathroom has a shower/bath and toilet and you will have supply of towels for your use. You will also find the usual toiletries, and yes there is even a hairdryer.

★ Interaction
I've enjoyed meeting every one of our guests who have stayed with us, and this won't be any difference. On arrival, I will be there to welcome you in and take you through the necessary details of the apartment, the building and the area. Depending on your energy level, I would be happy to take you on a quick tour of the neighbourhood to get your bearings.. But I totally understand if you just want to kick back, relax and prepare for the following few days.

If you need anything while you're here, I'm just living in the same area so I'm close by, so I can not only greet you in person, but also communicate extensively via text or email and am always available by phone.

★ Nothing is Off Limits
Guests have the whole space to use as they wish. Washing machine, cooking appliances are ready for use. We also provide ONE set of essentials (towels, bed sheet, toilet paper & tooth brusher), shampoo and shower gel, fresh & clean! Air conditioner with cooling & heating function so you have a comfort temperature in the apartment.

Also, there is a Sport Center closed to the house. With gym facility, sauna, tennis courts, and a 25 meter swimming pool. Per entry costs 40-50 RMB depending on weekday or weekend. While family gatherings are fine, no parties allowed.

★ Please note: each room is ideal for 2 people. Perfect for family visit or a group of friends. Ideal number is 4 if you are not to make the space crowded.

★ 2-day minimum stay in the system, but I may prioritize those who stay longer. Our typical staying period is 1-2 weeks. My guests invariably have just loved staying at my apartments, and they have expressed it in my many reviews.

★ Getting to the apartment from the 2 major airports is easy. If you have some company, taxi is the direct method (cost ~20 EUR by meter and it goes a bit higher after 11pm). If you are one person and on budget, you can take meglev train to Longyang Lu Station which is closed to center and inter-change to metro line 2 and then to line 4. We are at Linping Lu Station at Line 4. Then take exit 4. Or, just take a direct taxi to our address from Longyang Lu Station.

★ If you stay for more than a week, I'll arrange ayi a time to come over (after agreeing with you on a convenient time of course) to do a entire apartment cleanup/make sure all stock is fine.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to drop me a line and we will get back to you very quickly. I speak English and Chinese.

Look forward to hearing from you soon..
Lisa S

Family/Kid Friendly
Cable TV
Extra people £6 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit £78
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed, 1 couch
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 2PM - 11PM
Check out by 11AM
3 nights minimum stay

52 Reviews

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Ching Ting User Profile
May 2017
This is a wonderful place and close to the transportation. We enjoy living there.

Alicia User Profile
May 2017
Lisa's place is well maintained and very clean. Even though it is in Hongkou, which is not that central anymore, you're very quickly in the central districts like French Concession, Jing'an or Xintiandi. I can only highly recommend this place for people who do not want to stay in the centre directly, but rather like to experience a more "authentic" surrounding together with a very good public transport connection.
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
Thank you a lot kind review, welcome back anytime in the future! Alicia
May 2017

Nikki User Profile
April 2017
Lisa was a very lovely host who was easy to communicate with. We had a late check in due to flight delays and she answered any queries we had. It is situated very close to Hai Lun station which was very convenient for travelling to parts of Shanghai. It was very comfortable for 2 people but getting to the apartment involves some narrow stairs, so if anyone has big luggage, you may struggle a bit! Also, the walls are quite thin so you could hear the neighbours but other than that, we had a great stay in Shanghai. Lisa was lovely and we can't thank her enough!
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
Thank you a lot the sweet review:) Welcome back anytime in the future:)Nikki
April 2017

Melody User Profile
February 2017

Chi Wai User Profile
February 2017
nice trip

月欣 User Profile
July 2016
It's a pleasure to stay in this house.I must say that the landlord is really nice.And to my surprise ,the real place is more beautiful than the photos.When the first time I came here,Lisa was very enthusiastic to welcome my cousin and me. I love the house so much because the house was cool .The lights inside the house were very delicate.Every corner of the house is full of surprises,which let us have a good mood.The most worthy thing I want to mention is the bathroom,which relax me a lot after a long trip.Because the facilities of the house are complete,so I treat there as my home.Although the accident occurred ,Lisa didn't blame us and help us solve the problem.The traffic there is really convenient .All in all ,the place is really fit for those who travel Shanghai first time because both the house and people will make you feel very warm like home. We all very happy to live here in Shanghai.Hope everyone can enjoy wonderful days in this house.
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
Thank you a lot the sweet review. Welcome back anytime in the future:)) 月欣
July 2016

Ping User Profile
July 2016
Absolutely hated this place. The description of the house is not accurate to begin with: heritage? It is in a middle of almost a slum. The monthly rent should be around (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) in this kind of area, yet Lisa charged twice the tent. The stairways are tall and narrow. I am only 173cm tall but I usually have to crouch to walk up and down the stairs in the house. Even with a German designer, the place is still overrated and not worth the price at all. There are all sorts of flying bugs inside the house, and it always smells like rotten wood. Not enough hangers to hang clothes, and the bed is not long enough. There is moss in the bathroom along with some cockroaches. I told my dissatisfaction about the house to Lisa, and she did offer me a new place. But at that time I only had one week left, and I also had to live with a roommate. Hence I didn't do it. Wouldn't recommend this place or this area in general for any first time tourists or long term residents.
Lisa User Profile
Response from Lisa:
I need to reply to this comment due to its unfair and inaccurate interpretation of the condo. Given that you're short-term visitor, why would you request a long-term rate in the mid of the night? Your anger caused from my rejection would then end up in such a disaster comment? On the other hand, the one year long-term rate is well above 5500 RMB per month and without utility included. This condo hosts at least 8 groups of guest per month and no one left such bad comment like yours. I hope Airbnb could assist address this case and return fair judgement to others.
July 2016

Shanghai, ChinaJoined in December 2012
Lisa User Profile

Hello, I'm Lisa, a young girl living and working in Shanghai. I am outgoing and friendly, fond of people, traveling & food :) I worked as a Skincare Shop Manager before starting the "hosting idea" in 2013 and Airbnb in 2014. It is a delighted experience showing my guests morden and old sides of Shanghai, giving them a "live like a local" experience. Since 2013, over 3,000 travelers / expats from 50+ countries have lived with us, short-term or very long-term. I appreciate all their insights on life, work and many aspects of things. So it would be great if you can help me know a bit about you before a booking!

We can reach much more than a hotel as highlighted (aka. if you're looking for) below:

-A fully furnished space to stay in city heart with short reach to major sites and easy transport access;
-A sweet and experienced host who has lived years abroad to handle all your expectations;
-A chance to befriend with other cool shared apartment guests and hang out around;
-A well compiled booklet to travel as a local.

FAQs shooting:

1. "Do you host elsewhere in the city?" - Not yet. In order to provide the best hosting experience, all our private rooms are in the same location (managible radius) strategically closed to the Bund and major sites of the city. Cloest metro is Linping Lu Station (临平路站) at Line 4 and Hailun Lu Station (海伦路站) at Line 10. Read our comment to check how great the location and everything else are.

2. "Can I / my friend come over to visit first?"
i) For stay of over one month, you can come for a visit beforehand. But to ensure room availability, we suggest you to book two weeks to check out the environment and roommie(s) before a decision to stay really long-term. But:
ii) For stay of less than one month, we cannot arrange it due to capacity. Reviews from 50+ guests and photos taken by Airbnb photographer can be a very good reference for your judgement.

4. "Can I check in in the morning or leave in the afternoon/evening?" - Normal check in time is 2 p.m. and check out time is 12p.m. We can help keep your luggage in storage before check-in time or after check-out time. If the room is not occupied or to be occupied, we can arrange it more flexibly for you.

5. "What else do I share with others after booking the private room?" -Our apartments are fully furnished. You will be sharing the common facility such as washing machine, refrigerator etc with 0-2 other roommies. You will have an own bath if you book a master bedroom.

6. "Good internet?" -YES! Internet is stable and fast but you need a VPN to access foreign sites such as (website hidden) and (website hidden). If VPN is important to you, please send us a note so we can arrange you to a room with this provided.

Languages: English, 中文
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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