What we're about

We're big fans of home sharing and dedicated to offering quality rooms at wallet-friendly prices, and to giving hosts an opportunity to rent out their spare rooms on our global marketplace.

Our story

Founded in 2013 by travel industry veterans Tom Kennedy (Hostelworld.com co-founder) and Debbie Flynn (Irish Education Partners & A Star Hostels Group), with a vision of taking an offline industry online and making homestays and private room rental a popular accommodation choice.

Homestay.com now offers guests a selection of over 63,000 rooms in over 176 countries.

At a glance

2013 Launch

Homestay.com open for business

37K+ Homestays

In 170+ countries


From 239 nationalities

1.5M+ nights booked

Average length of stay is 12 nights

5.5M+ Messages

Sent between hosts and guests

$38 per Room

Average price per night globally

15K Guest Reviews

Over 94% are 4 stars or higher

4/5 Trustpilot rating

5,000+ reviews

$1200 per year

Average host earnings

In the news

National Geographic Traveller

The best way to discover the similarities — and differences — in a new destination is on a homestay. And in Tokyo, negotiating Japanese culture can be made easy with the help of a local.

The Independent

Whether you're visiting a capital city or a remote village, staying with a host offers a unique insight into local life.

Mail Online

From a 19th century French châteaux to a 1920s Cuban casa: The historical homestays that transport you to another era.

Who we are

Inspiration from the travel blog

My experience staying at Misa's flat in Tokyo was absolutely fantastic! The homestay provided an unparalleled glimpse into local life, and I truly relished every moment. Continue Reading »

I really enjoyed the fact that I felt at home while traveling, thanks to Véronique's hospitality Continue Reading »

I enjoyed being with the locals and getting a down to earth everyday life experience. With homestay accommodation, there is a real connection between people Continue Reading »

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