At Magnolia Bed & Breakfast your comfort is our priority.

We have taken special care in the design and approach to our hotel.
Situated in the historic French Concession in a 1930’s structure on a
small street, Magnolia Bed & Breakfast offers its guests a view into that
famous era. Building and design elements from the Shanghai Art Deco
period have been renovated and refurbished with an eye towards
contemporary comfort. All our rooms are individually designed to provide
you with everything you need for a pleasant stay.

 

Each room features original artwork by local and international artists
specially chosen to complement the unique combination of vintage and
custom-designed furnishings, colors, fixtures and fabrics in keeping with
the era of the building and neighborhood. The ground floor sitting room
is an area where are guests can relax, take breakfast, enjoy a beverage, and
attend to their communication needs.

 

The surrounding neighborhood is alive with the sights, sounds and smells
of authentic Shanghai street life, as locals go about their business outside
traditional lane houses scattered along tree-lined French Concession streets.
21st-century Shanghai is never far away, either. Magnolia is just minutes
from a dizzying array of shops, restaurants and attractions as well as two Metro
stations that connect the neighborhood to the rest of the city. In all
directions, cosmopolitan restaurants and small local dumpling houses sit side
by side, and meandering lanes are filled with fruit vendors, hip boutiques,
antique stores, cafes, and everything else Shanghai’s most diverse and vibrant
neighborhood has to offer.

 

 

 

 
 

Magnolia Bed & Breakfast owners Miranda Yao and Norris Chen were born and raised in Shanghai.
They share a love of food, culture, and working with people.

Norris was trained as a chef specializing in Western cuisine, starting his career in the Italian kitchen at the
Westin Hotel in Shanghai before moving on to such venues as Regal International East Asia Hotel and Le
Garcon Chinois, finally establishing himself as Executive Sous Chef at Hotel Novotel.

Miranda was trained as a Ballet dancer. She holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Fu Dan
University. Recently she worked as translator and tour manager for Other Suns, a collaborative modern dance
piece between San Francisco based Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and China's Guangdong Modern
Dance
Company.

The cooking expertise of Norris and the public relations, event planning and project management experience
of Miranda led them to open a cooking school in the summer of 2007 - The Kitchen at...Huaihailu. They are
committed to sharing their passion for great food and teaching small groups of students culinary traditions
from all parts of the globe.

During her childhood, Miranda’s father ran a small hotel called the Railway Station Hotel which housed a
restaurant specializing in the Shanghainese steamed dumplings, Xiao Long Bao. This, combined with
their own experiences in the hospitality industry, eventually led them to open this uniquely intimate
Bed & Breakfast hotel here in Shanghai.