What we're about

Overlooking the beautiful St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, we’re a group of adventure lovers dedicated to bringing travellers a culturally immersive travel experience at wallet-friendly prices, and to giving hosts an opportunity to boost their income while making lasting friendships.

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 a popular choice of mainstream leisure travel accommodation.

Homestay.com now offers guests the chance to live like - and with - a local with more than 50,000 homestays in over 160 countries and to discover a truly authentic travel experience.

At a glance

2013 Launch

Homestay.com open for business

50K+ Homestays

In 160+ countries

200K+ GUESTS

From 195 nationalities

750K+ nights booked

Average length of stay is 12 nights

2.5M+ Messages

Sent between hosts and guests

$31 per Room

Average price per night globally

35K Guest Reviews

Over 90% are 4 stars or higher

8.5/10 Trustpilot rating

4000+ reviews

$1500 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

Paolo

CTO

Yvonne

VP Operations

David

Development

Paddy

Chairman

Felipe

Customer Support

Grainne

Development

Debbie

Founder

Eva

Customer Support

Lorenza

Customer Support

David

Development

Suzanne

Marketing

Tom

Founder

Inspiration from the travel blog

The countdown is on to the World Meeting of Families event in Dublin in August. We still have lots of available accommodation during the event. During this event when hotel supply is low and room prices are high, homestays offer attendees value for money and a unique Dublin experience, that benefits the local community. Continue Reading »

For one of Melissa's weekends trips while studying abroad, she decided to give Interlaken a shot. She was shocked by the beauty of the city, which she got to see both by walking the streets and soaring above it! Continue Reading »

Kana, a Japanese woman, decided to spend a week in Delsy's homestay in Singapore. During her vacation, Kana was able to experience the people and culture of Singapore through a local's eyes. Continue Reading »

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