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 55,000 rooms in over 160 countries.

At a glance

2013 Launch

Homestay.com open for business

33K+ 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

Debbie

Founder

Eva

Customer Support

Lorenza

Customer Support

David

Development

Suzanne

Marketing

Tom

Founder

Inspiration from the travel blog

We’ve gathered all the need-to-know bits about taking in guests through homestay.com, so you’ll be hosting like a professional in no time.  Continuer la lecture »

Erasmus allows you to experience first hand other European cultures, to live with fellow Europeans and of course improve your language skills. It may well be one of the most enjoyable experiences from your time in University, with memories lasting long beyond graduation. If you’re looking for a reason to choose homestay to further enrich this amazing experience, keep reading...... Continuer la lecture »

Samuel, 21 from France wanted to live with a host family to improve his English. He decided to stay with Kait and her family in Belvedere a 35 minute train journey to Central London. Kait, her husband Joe and their daughters provided him with lots of opportunities to practice his English conversational skills. He stayed with them for 3 weeks and didn't want to leave...  Continuer la lecture »

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