Local Gems
Homestay in Swords, Dublin, Ireland

Discover the soul of your destination with the help and knowledge of your host family. Forget empty apartments and sterile hotel rooms.

Axelle and Ian's homestay in Provence, France
Host Present
Stay in a homestay where the host is present

Stay in a home where there’s a host to welcome you and introduce you to the local culture. All our homestays have a host present.

Become a Host! It's free to join
Genuine Value
Homestay in Grove Park, London, United Kingdom

Don’t waste your money on expensive hotels, use it to explore unique experiences which give value alternative to a hotel or vacation rental.

Leo’s homestay in Sardinia, Italy

Philadelphia Hosts

Host for the World Meeting of Families 2015. Open your home to visitors from around the world and be part of this exciting event.

Create Account

Join our global host community

Couple host dog

Sign up to create your homestay profile today. It’s free to join. We have thousands of guests from all over the world looking for a homestay right now!

Become a Host »

Most Recent Blog Posts

  • Staying in a homestay on a solo travel adventure

    By , 20 Apr 14:44

    Bali guest2With her camera in tow, Jasmine from the USA, is on a solo travel adventure in Bali and beyond. Staying in a homestay has offered her a true insider experience and smooth adjustment to travelling alone, while her hosts have done all they can to make her feel a part of their family during her time with them. Read more

  • The best places in London to enjoy a drink in the sun

    By , 17 Apr 09:54

    Bar londonIn spite of Britain’s reputation for not having the best weather, London can get some spectacular sunshine from time to time. When the sun does come out in the city it’s best to make the most of it while you can as you never know how long it’s going to last for! Read more

A Real Travel Experience

Guest Testimonials

  • 68984
    Lovely woman! I stayed with Catherine and Trina for three weeks and they made me feel like I'm part of their family. Very nice pe...
    Maggie · Poland
    Stayed in Catherine's homestay in Dublin, Dublin, Ireland in March 2015
  • 64573
    Geoff and Judy are warm, friendly & wonderful hosts! They are caring, concerned & helpful. The place is located very close to bo...
    Satinder · India
    Stayed in geoff's homestay in Goodwood , adelaide, Australia in March 2015
  • 52877
    Very clean place, peaceful I slept like a baby! Very accommodating and friendly hostess!! Her coffee it's perfect too!! Will defi...
    Malika · Nicaragua
    Stayed in Maureen's homestay in northeast, PALM BAY, United States in March 2015
  • 38835
    Sophia is amazing and she really made me feeling at home. She is so available, flexible, welcoming, friendly, keen to spend time ...
    Rosalba · Italy
    Stayed in Sophia's homestay in Kingswood, Bristol, United Kingdom in February 2015
  • 62173
    This was my first time using homestay, and my experience was great! You have a beautiful bedroom and bathroom to yourself, three ...
    Brooke · USA
  • 44215
    This was a WONDERFUL homestay! Very comfortable, warm and friendly. My stay felt very homely and I felt almost part of a family. ...
    Aparna · India
    Stayed in Sujata's homestay in Lake Town, Kolkata, India in January 2015
  • 25755
    Thanks a lot Nadia and Khalid!! The whole family is very friendly, open minded and very helpful in whatever needs required. The ...
    Elisa · Germany
    Stayed in NADINE's homestay in Opéra-Montmartre, Paris, France in January 2015
  • 41386
    One word: Fantastic!!! I stayed two nights with Julia and it was lovely! Julia is an Amazing host and treat you like family! I ha...
    Allard · Netherlands
    Stayed in Julia's homestay in Islington, London, United Kingdom in December 2014
  • 15653
    Lovely, friendly hosts very eager to serve their guests. Lorraine even picked me up when I phoned to let her know that the next-t...
    Linda · United States
    Stayed in LORRAINE's homestay in Kirkliston, Edinburgh, Scotland in November 2014
  • 25432
    Am and Tip are wonderful, caring hosts. If you get a chance to visit their comfortable home, you will be in for a special view of...
    George · Australia
  • 25301
    Great location! Venus and Warwick are very friendly people, with a warm atmosphere, and a lovely home. She was kind enough to off...
    Andrew · Canada
    Stayed in Venus and Warwick's homestay in Greentimbers, Surrey B.C, Canada in November 2014
  • 28608
    After spending a full month with Michelle and Ashley I cannot recommend them enough. The room is large and fully equipped with ev...
    Cynthia · New Zealand
    Stayed in Michelle's homestay in Gants Hill, London, United Kingdom in October 2014
  • 9279
    Jill was lovely and looked after me just the right amount. Portobello is lush and room has a great view of the sea - right from w...
    Anne · United Kingdom
  • 41049
    My stay with Danny was beyond perfect. The room was exactly like the pictures, spacious, clean, well equipped and very comfortabl...
    Vinca · United Kingdom
    Stayed in Danny's homestay in Holloway, London, United Kingdom in August 2014
  • 27352
    I would thoroughly recommend. The hosts bent over backwards to help, support and advise us. The accommodation was spotlessly clea...
    Claire · UK
    Stayed in Linda & Howard's homestay in Hasting Sunrise, Vancouver, Canada in August 2014
  • 28817
    Julie was a fabulous hostess & we were made so welcome in her gorgeous home that we felt that we were staying with friends. The l...
    Mandy · UK
    Stayed in Julie's homestay in granton, Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2014
  • 23078
    I experienced the homestay for the first time, so I was a little nervous before meeting my host family. However, they were cheerf...
    Krystle · New Zealand
    Stayed in Mary's homestay in CBD, New Plymouth, New Zealand in August 2014
  • 29109
    We weren't in much, but when we were it was like we were staying with friends (which now they are). They were so sweet and gave u...
    Ryan · USA
    Stayed in Amanda's homestay in Chatham, Chatham, United Kingdom in August 2014
  • 16513
    John and his wife are a delightful couple who provided me with a true home from home and couldn't have made me feel more welcome ...
    Nanina · UK
    Stayed in John's homestay in Old Town, Margate, United Kingdom in August 2014
  • 55745
    We had a warm welcome when we first got there. As soon as we got the tour of the house, they gave us a key and told us to come an...
    Véronique · Canada
    Stayed in Anthony's homestay in crumlin, dublin, Ireland in August 2014
  • 30222
    Evelyn's house is an excellent home away from home. The warmth we felt in the house was awesome. The house was maintained clean a...
    Nikhil · India
    Stayed in Evelyn's homestay in Kipling and Rexdale, Toronto, Canada in August 2014
  • 10346
    My first meeting with Rachel and James was very welcoming and friendly. James carried my bags into the room for me. The view of ...
    Bronwyn · New Zealand
    Stayed in Rachel's homestay in Greenwich, London, United Kingdom in July 2014
  • 25327
    Better than most 5 Star hotels in Perth for a fraction of the cost. Very well appointed room / ensuite (toilet and shower attache...
    Jonathan · Australia
    Stayed in Julie 's homestay in Cottesloe, Perth, Australia in July 2014
  • 13080
    I was staying with my mother and young daughter for two weeks at our host's home in Alverstoke and from the first day we were mad...
    Duncan · UK
  • 9048
    Michelle was perfect! My last 2 experiences with Airbnb are all a disaster. With Michelle, she changed my opinion about home stay...
    Sylvia · Phillippines
    Stayed in Michelle's homestay in Highland Park, Gold Coast, Australia in July 2014
  • 8784
    The homestay experience was amazing. From being ideally located and equipped with adequate facilities, to the friendliest host yo...
    Joseph · Singapore
    Stayed in Karen's homestay in Bull Creek, Perth, Australia in July 2014
  • 28364
    I stayed over 4 nights and enjoyed my time in Victoria. Booking my stay was seamless and my host answered my email in about an h...
    Kelli · Canada
    Stayed in Gail's homestay in James Bay , Victoria , Canada in July 2014
  • 23279
    Bright, clean room with an amazing view of Zaton bay. Srdjan and Anita are a lovely couple and were very welcoming, friendly and...
    Gina · UK
  • 3203
    It was an amazing experience, it was my first time being in a homestay. I really enjoyed it with Anne and Dave. The first day the...
    Hellen · UK
    Stayed in Anne's homestay in Stillorgan, Dublin, Ireland in July 2014
  • 38727
    A homestay it was indeed. Jozef and Colin we absolutely amazing. My friend Sandra and I stayed for 2 nights. The home is love...
    Kelly · South Africa
    Stayed in Jozef's homestay in Riddrie, glasgow, United Kingdom in July 2014
  • 14857
    I really had a wonderful time in Benalmadena. Wendy and her husband Giuseppe were very nice and friendly. They made me laugh al...
    Yumiko · Japan
    Stayed in Wendy's homestay in Benalmadena Pueblo, Malaga, Spain in July 2014
  • 20007
    The host was very friendly and he made the whole experience a lot better. I could not fault anything to do with the room I was in...
    Kenneth · UK
    Stayed in Henry's homestay in Mount Florida, Glasgow, Scotland in July 2014
  • 28998
    We are extremely happy with our first experience with homestay. We will use Homestay again!
    Hannah · Australia
    Stayed in Susie's homestay in Hove, Hove, United Kingdom in July 2014
  • 26642
    Charlotte was wonderful. Her place was clean, easy to get into the city from, and she made us feel right at home. Her husband wa...
    Roderic · UK
    Stayed in Rita's homestay in Budapest, Solymár , Hungary in July 2014
  • 26667
    Sandra was an exemplary host: incredibly friendly and helpful. The views from the place are lovely and the accommodation was very...
    Sophie · United Kingdom
    Stayed in Sandra 's homestay in Milngavie, Milngavie, Scotland in July 2014
  • 21898
    I hit the jackpot when I found Jeanne and Fabio. I wanted to practice the Italian language, but Florence is a tourist and intern...
    Alicia · USA
    Stayed in Jeanne's homestay in Historic center, Florence, Italy in July 2014
  • 16428
    Great host and wonderful family. The location is perfect, and my family had an excellent homestay experience. I'm so glad that I ...
    Xinyu · China
    Stayed in Anne's homestay in Westcourt, Cairns, Australia in July 2014
  • 14382
    The family at Nola's house was great- everyone had stories to tell and helpful advice to offer. We were made to feel at home, and...
    Kumiiko · Japan
  • 18995
    It was a fantastic experience. I was actually really surprised by the welcome of my host family. Emanuela and Neal were always th...
    Theo · France
    Stayed in Emanuela's homestay in Lucan, Dublin, Ireland in July 2014
  • 5148
    Amazing experience. The house was huge. Positioned in a cosy quiet neighborhood. I always had peace and quiet to work. Sue and he...
    Brian · Ireland
    Stayed in Suzanne's homestay in Greenhills, Dublin, Ireland in June 2014
  • 9085
    It has been an amazing experience living like a local in an apartment making me feel like a place was mine, host was very helpful...
    Bryant · USA
    Stayed in José's homestay in Eixample dret, Barcelona, Spain in June 2014
  • 15204
    An amazing stay with a very wonderful host. I could not have dreamed it would be better! The apartment was exceptionally spacious...
    Michael · UK
    Stayed in Nina 's homestay in Hospital Samel, Manaus, Brazil in June 2014
  • 23495
    It was the greatest experience of my life, Simone's family is our new family in Belo Horizonte. Just a perfect and marvellous hos...
    Juan · Columbia
  • 15849
    The stay was good value for money compared to the others I had. Area was upmarket and Fernanda did everything to help me around e...
    Thutuhula · South Africa
    Stayed in Fernanda's homestay in Praia do Forte, Mata São Joao , Brazil in June 2014
  • 21106
    The homestay experience was wonderful and culturally enriching. The host spent time helping us when we had problems moving around...
    Mei Ling · Singapore
  • 13207
    Gioconda is a treasure. She made me feel totally welcome and more than that, was unfailingly helpful in explaining transportation...
    Steve · USA
    Stayed in Gioconda's homestay in La Gasca, Quito, Ecuador in June 2014
  • 20020
    Absolutely wonderful. A peaceful, relaxing environment. Great location too. My host, Lucy, is the kindest, most friendly and help...
    Paolo · Italy
  • 4313
    Staying with Anne-lise was above and beyond anything we could have imagined. She was so warm and inviting. My fiance and I spent ...
    Kim · USA
  • 3816
    We had a marvellous time with Andrea and her family. I am very glad that I have found Andrea. We were in regular contact before t...
    Silke · Germany
    Stayed in Andrea & Gurd's homestay in Devon, Paignton, United Kingdom in June 2014
  • 10175
    I was warmly welcomed by Christine and her family, they were all very kind with me. The location is amazing, just in front of the...
    Phillipe · France
    Stayed in Christine's homestay in Bronte, Sydney, Australia in June 2014
  • 13459
    I had a great experience with my host and their family. They were extremely welcoming and very helpful with any requests. The loc...
    Jermaine · UK
    Stayed in Fanny's homestay in Centro Habana, Havana, Cuba in June 2014
  • 5764
    It was me and 2 of my friends staying with Jackie & George. The house is immaculate, clean and smelling lovely. There was a lovel...
    Katarzyna · Poland
    Stayed in Jackie's homestay in Crewe Toll, Edinburgh, Scotland in May 2014
  • 12496
    It has been a wonderful experience, living like a local in an apartment, making us feel like the place was our own, our host was ...
    Manu · Spain
    Stayed in Roy James 's homestay in Hackney, London, United Kingdom in May 2014
  • 8360
    One word: excellent! Would recommend it to anyone. Exceptionally friendly host and welcoming and helpful. Perfect location, short...
    Katerina · Cyprus
    Stayed in Felicia's homestay in Breteuil/Segur, Paris, France in May 2014
  • 13194
    It was a very nice Homestay. The house is totally new and modern. You feel so welcome and Claire and Scott was so friendly … The ...
    Marcus · Germany
    Stayed in Claire & Scott's homestay in BRIGHTON, Adelaide, Australia in May 2014
  • 8490
    It is an excellent experience. The host is really nice, very helpful. I felt like a family member. Even the host dropped me at th...
    Arijit · India
    Stayed in Ling's homestay in Greenwood Park, Toronto, Canada in May 2014
  • 11917
    Elizabeth & Brandon were great hosts!! The room & facilities was exactly as described. Everything was clean & neat. Easy to find ...
    Xandré · Canada
  • 12069
    Really excellent. Location is perfect (good area and easy connections). We enjoyed most the welcome received from Annette and the...
    Xavier · France
  • 5373
    Host was very welcoming. Made us feel part of the family. Special dietary needs excellently catered for, stimulating conversation...
    James · United Kingdom
  • 8865
    The room was good. We had our own bathroom, which was very convenient. Bedlinen and towels were profided, so we didn't have to br...
    Josien · Netherlands
    Stayed in Grazia's homestay in Oltrarno, Florence, Italy in April 2014
  • 12800
    We stayed for one week and really enjoyed our stay there. The rooms we stayed in was the double room with Ensuite bathroom. The b...
    Lawry · Australia
    Stayed in Nina's homestay in DIANELLA , Perth, Australia in April 2014
  • 4989
    Overall, our experience was excellent. We wanted to experience the "real" Cuba (not just the resorts like most Canadians limit th...
    Robert · Canada
    Stayed in Yamilee's homestay in Centro Habana, Havana, Cuba in July 2014
  • 11877
    I had such a great experience staying with Liz in Chennai! She has given me so much helpful advice about touring around the area ...
    Ellie · United States
  • 5303
    This was our first homestay and it turned out to be a very pleasant and enjoyable experience indeed. Our hosts Linda and Terry we...
    Chee · Malaysia
    Stayed in Linda's homestay in Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia in March 2014
  • 5874
    My overall experience was a positive one. Good hosts, transport into Manhattan and nice area made for an enjoyable stay. I hope t...
    Mark · United Kingdom
    Stayed in Kristine's homestay in Long Island, New York, United States in March 2014
  • 8575
    To have breakfast with the birds are very unique, host couple is very kind to drive us to the city.
    Wei · China
    Stayed in Linda's homestay in Edge Hill, Cairns, Australia in March 2014
  • 13425
    Extremely good, Grace's family made us feel like home, eased my live by driving me around to buy necessity for my newly rented ap...
    Bee · Malaysia
    Stayed in Grace's homestay in New Windsor, Auckland, New Zealand in March 2014
  • 6654
    We loved staying with this family! Michelle always got back to me quickly regarding any questions I had in setting up our time in...
    Ginger · United States
    Stayed in Michelle's homestay in Clarehall, Dublin, Ireland in March 2014
  • 10193
    It was a great experience. I really enjoyed staying at this host family. They are very friendly and making you feel like home. Mi...
    Majed · Saudi Arabia
    Stayed in Michelle's homestay in Chingford, LONDON, United Kingdom in February 2014
  • 9518
    I had amazing homestay experience with Lynn! She and her family are very warm and friendly. It was very much like home :) My flig...
    Viviene · Kenia
    Stayed in Lynn's homestay in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa in February 2014
  • 6805
    My homestay from beginning to end was so good. Maria and Reuben could not have made me more welcome. They embraced me into thei...
    Jeniffer · UK
    Stayed in María 's homestay in Salesianos, El Calafate, Argentina in February 2014
  • 6372
    Staying with Michel and Giovanna enriched my experience exploring Palermo and helped make my visit there very memorable. Welcomin...
    Alicira · United States
    Stayed in Michel 's homestay in Palermo, Palermo, Italy in February 2014
  • 8115
    It was lovely staying with Glennis. Wouldnt hesitate to stay with her next time i visit Christchurch. Very helpfull and welcoming...
    Zayreen · Fiji
    Stayed in Glennis's homestay in Bryndwr, Christchurch, New Zealand in February 2014
  • 5387
    I had a great time in this lovely family. They where always very helpful and nice. The bedroom and bathroom are keept clean and t...
    Michaela · Italy
    Stayed in Sharon's homestay in Roseburn/Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland in February 2014
  • 4364
    AMAZING! Mabel and Migueal are the most endearing couple. Their house was so clean comfortable and safe. They provide you with ke...
    Belinda · Australia
  • 12418
    My overall experience was absolutely amazing. I have never thought it'll be that great staying at Ms.Christine home. I really had...
    Dave · Malaysia
    Stayed in Christine's homestay in Belmont area, Perth, Australia in February 2014
  • 1027
    I booked a homestay because I needed to stay with native speaker as I am a student. I found Homestay.com as first choice on Googl...
    Abdullah · Saudy Arabia
    Stayed in Eileen's homestay in Dalkey, Dublin, Ireland in January 2014
  • 4772
    It was simple and easy. Karen was very friendly and helpful.
    Mohamd · Egypt
    Stayed in Karen's homestay in Duddingston, Edinburgh, Scotland in January 2014
  • 4102
    muy Buena
    Alejandro · Spain
    Stayed in Jennie's homestay in Orpington, London, United Kingdom in January 2014
  • 8267
    I met Angelica through her Homestay advertisement. I booked online late the evening before. She confirmed my booking early the ne...
    Leanne · Australia
    Stayed in Angelica's homestay in Dapto, Wollongong, Australia in January 2014
  • 7343
    Rose was a very friendly and helpful host. The accommodation was good for a short stay and value for money.
    Ray · Malaysia
    Stayed in Rose's homestay in Robina, Gold Coast, Australia in December 2013
  • 7461
    It was a fantastic experience staying with Terry & Colleen. We enjoyed every moment during our visit in Perth. Terry & Colleen ar...
    Stephen · Malaysia
    Stayed in Colleen's homestay in Gwelup, Perth, Australia in March 2014
  • 1138
    The hosts were very helpful and friendly. The accommodation was good value. I booked a homestay because it was value for money. I...
    Lai Choon · Malaysia
    Stayed in Taboto's homestay in Sydenham, London, United Kingdom in December 2013
  • 5634
    Since the moment I arrived I felt like I was at home. The whole family was very friendly, welcoming. The accommodation totally me...
    Ana · Spain
    Stayed in Constance's homestay in Thamesmead, Erith, United Kingdom in December 2013
  • 2048
    We really enjoyed our stay with our host Louise in Grove Park. She was very friendly and helped us with every problem that occurr...
    Tania and Ramona · Austria
    Stayed in Louise's homestay in Grove Park, London, United Kingdom in July 2013
  • 2373
    Our stay at Eileen's home was perfect! Eileen was a great host, very welcoming and helpful. We stayed in a nice bedroom with priv...
    Hélène · France
    Stayed in Eileen 's homestay in Kingston, Galway, Ireland in August 2013
  • 1141
    My host was friendly and helpful. I booked a homestay because I wanted to taste the real life in a British household and my boy w...
    Vera · China
    Stayed in Stuart's homestay in Grove Park, London, United Kingdom in October 2013
  • 3246
    Simply excellent. The house very well, as shown in the photos. Great location, nice neighborhood. The best, dealing with the host...
    Paloma · Spain
    Stayed in Yvonne's homestay in Highbury, London, United Kingdom in February 2014
  • 3260
    Joe is an excellent and helpful host. The room was excellent value for money. I would book again. The reason for using Homestay.c...
    Hellen · Spain
    Stayed in Joe's homestay in Bounds Green, London, United Kingdom in October 2013
  • 1024
    I was delighted with my homestay with Liz. The accommodation was comfortable.  Liz was a super host.  The location suited me due ...
    Dee · Ireland
    Stayed in Mick & Liz's homestay in Leopardstown / Sandyford, Dublin, Ireland in October 2013
View more guest testimonials »

Host Testimonials

View more host testimonials »


We use cookies to make your experience better. By clicking I agree you consent to our use of cookies.