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

Alan

CEO

Paolo

CTO

Yvonne

VP Operations

David

Development

Paddy

Chairman

Eric

Business Development

Felipe

Customer Support

Grainne

Development

Debbie

Founder

Jose

Development

Eva

Customer Support

Kim

Marketing

Lorenza

Customer Support

Sarah

Marketing

David

Development

Maurizo

Development

Caiomhe

Marketing

Sarah

Customer Support

Sean

Marketing

Suzanne

Marketing

Victor

Development

Conor

Development

Tom

Founder

Claire

Marketing

Frank

Customer Support

Kevin

Customer Support

Inspiration from the travel blog

Steve from Australia travelled around Japan for the first time in August and stayed in 3 different homestays. He learned about their unique culture first hand by living with his hosts and also made sure to see some of the sights. Steve fell in love with Japan, and will soon be planning a trip back. Keep reading for some fascinating stories from his time in Japan. Continuer la lecture »

Elena and her friend Giulia from Italy went on holidays in Ireland in August. They decided to spend 3 nights in Galway with our 5 Heart hosts Mary and Pat. Pat collected the girls on their bus from Dublin airport and gave them a traditional Irish welcome. Elena tells us that Mary really made her trip to Galway. Continuer la lecture »

Ben from the United States visited Cuba in July 2017 for a photography project to capture Caribbean music and dance. He enjoyed that homestay.com allowed him to read the profiles of each of the hosts and he found a professional musician Jose. He introduced Ben to the managers of several of the music venues and ensured he got access to help him capture some amazing shots. Read on to hear all about Carnaval in Cuba from Ben. Continuer la lecture »

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