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The Verbena House - Heart of FFC

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The Verbena House - Heart of FFC

2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath

The space

The Verbena House was renovated by us in one of Shanghai's historic lanehouses. Verbena's aesthetic combines style & comfort, peace & quiet and accessibility to the most desirable spots in the city - located in the top echelon of the former French Concession.

1. The perfect vacation or business trip rental, all the modern amenities of a luxury hotel suite, in your historic Shanghai property.
2. The house is accessed through a secure gate for ultimate safety, and the apartment is entered on the 3rd floor of the house.
3. The Verbena House is located such that walking on foot is a charming way to get to know the area. Check out smartshanghai online to see locations of all the places you'll want to eat and shop, many are within walking distance.

Light-filled, (969sqf/90sqm), cleverly tailored furnishings to maximum space, this flat has been designed to be a luxury pied a terre in the city. You can enjoy your morning coffee/tea overlooking the art gallery terrace next door, or the surrounding standalone historic villa homes. Experience the spirit and convenience that life in Shanghai can offer, within your own historic apartment.

- House cleaning service twice weekly
- Fully equipped workstation with wi-fi
- International Satellite TV, Cable TV: livingroom & bedroom
- Rain Shower
- King size bed
- Sleek modern kitchen with imported Italian fitout
- Fresh towels, linens, robes, slippers & start-up toiletry kit
- Bottled water, replenished regularly

Additional Paid Services available:
- Daily maid service for meals and cleaning, ironing, etc
- Food & Wine service menu, provisions can be stocked before arrival, and during your stay
- Airport pick-up
- Laundry Service


Cable TV
Hair dryer

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Common spaces
1 air mattress

House Rules

No smoking
Check-in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)


16 Reviews

Cate User Profile
December 2013
My husband and I stayed only the first three of the six days that we booked Verbena House. The apartment, while quite nice, is located in a very run-down building, and really not exactly in the heart of FCC, more in the south-west area. The apartment lacks light – we could not re…
Mariel User Profile
Response from Mariel:
I was very sad that this guest had such an experience! We have since improved the lighting, extra bedding has been provided. This client arrived at the property at a time my assistant and I were not available due to the Christmas holiday, and the housekeeper is quite amazing so usually this is not such an issue. We are available everyday, around the clock for any issue and gladly would have provided lighting and bedding if asked! Additionally, we have changed our driver service, now we use a company which has smoke free leather vans, the price is a bit higher but it ensures drive pick up is smoke free. Our original driver was never a problem, but the minute we got this feedback we upgraded this service as well. Old historic buildings in Shanghai have many chinese inhabitants, and Verbena House is not any different. The communal areas are not disgusting, but they are old. It's authentic Shanghai though, so if this isn't what you are looking for a hotel is definitely a better option for you! Verbena is a light filled apartment in the daytime, and is entirely brand new, all but this guest have loved their time at the house, and we stand by it as a fabulous option for a stay in the city - short or long term :-)
December 2013
Jessy User Profile
May 2015
thanks for Mariel helping arranged last minute booking. The room is very good, with almost all the facilities you might need. spring water also available in the room which beyond my expectation. The view outside from the living room is very nice and there's several bar & restaura…
Jörg User Profile
April 2015
I was extremely satisfied with this cosy place in the beautiful French concession. Setup was great, bed was very comfortable, it was well equipped (kitchen, etc.) and clean. Helene, the property manager, was very friendly and helpful. Right next to the house was a hidden café for…
Layla User Profile
August 2014
I have absolutely no complaints about my stay at The Verbena House. The charming place is as advertised, as comfortable as you can get, and in a location both quiet and close to the center. Meyer is also very nice and friendly, and her Ayi is a super star! I would definitely re…
Alexandra User Profile
July 2014
I can't say enough good things about Mariel. She is a fantastic host, and so very accommodating. I was in Shanghai for work recently, and took my 3 small kids so that they could see their old ayi. Mariel (and her terrific ayi) were brilliant: they went out of their way to set …
Hajime User Profile
July 2014
Mariel was a great host. Although I didnt meet her, she had her housekeeper come out and greet us when we arrived late at night. I had many questions throughout my stay and Mariel was responsive through out. The interior was as described and perfect for what we needed out …
Amanda & Jose User Profile
Amanda & Jose
July 2014
It was a fantastic weekend getaway in Shanghai. I would recommend the Verbena House to anyone and everyone visiting! It made for a very relaxing and intimate stay, if even for just 2 nights. Thank you for making us feel so welcome!

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Los Angeles, California, United StatesJoined in July 2010
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Our mission is to give our guests a true bird's eye view into "luxury local living" in Shanghai and Los Angeles. We provide a residential experience that embodies the mystique and grandeur of Shanghai and LA's most desirable areas and homes. Our collection of properties has b…
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