John FlaggeUnited States
Sean is a brilliant guide. He is a native and deeply versed in the history, the culture and the language. And by the way also speaks excellent English. Because of his breadth of knowledge, he is able to customize the tour and improvise as needed. Along the way, you get excellent referrals for everything from shopping for gifts or food, to restaurants and sights to see. And quite frankly he is just a joy to be with. Thank you Sean you made my trip to Madrid memorable.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 hour "Madrid in a Nutshell" tour. Sean was a very knowledgeable guide wth an easy going and fun nature. We walked at an easy pace to see the sights and also stopped to enjoy the local cuisine-tapas and delicious pastries. We would highly recommend Sean as a guide.
Todd BirdUnited States
Sean was fantastic. We booked this tour because of the previous reviews and we were not disappointed. I told Sean that we were not interested in visiting the standard tourist attractions.. we wanted to get a lay of the land and see the real Madrid where locals live, shop, eat and drink. And that is what we got. He took us to markets, churches,quaint stores, a few bars and had coffees, beers and tapas. He knew a lot of the owners and we were treated very well. Even helped us learn the subway. Stellar
Sean was great! My family loved exploring Madrid w him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michelle: Thanks a lot for your rating and kind words, hope to see yee again in Madrid soon! Sean
Johanna O.United States
Sean was very knowledgeable. He customized the tour to our needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Johanna. Thanks for your nice comment, really hope you enjoyed your time here in Madrid. Till we meet again, un saludo!
Emma ByreUnited Kingdom
Am excellent tour given by an excellent, friendly, knowledgable guide. Would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Emma: Thanks for the comment. How's everything back home? Please send my regards to Alysa, Nick and Jonathan, I'll be soon posting the pictures we took, some of them are great! Remember the dog race? Un saludo cordial desde Madrid: Sean
Charles StreffUnited States
This was my fourth time in Madrid, but first time using ToursbyLocals. I learned more in four hours with Sean than I did on all my other three visits. He knew the history of every building we passed, every plaza we walked through. He was not only knowledgeable beyond expectations but appropriately polite. I had forewarned him that I had had a recent hip replacement, so I might tire easily. He was politely concerned and very kind, pausing frequently to ask if I needed to rest. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Charles, I know its a bit late now to reply but I also know it is really never too late for anything. (I really hope you agree with me on the second statement). It was a pleasure to be with you here in Madrid and I'm sure it would be a pleasure to hang out with you anywhere in the world. Thanks for coming over and thanks for your very kind words: it is so obvious I hardly deserve them but they are a delight to read. More of this type of generosity is what the world needs! Stay in touch please, un abrazo.
Ivor AllchurchUnited Kingdom
Sean is a great guide, fantastic knowledge and can tailor the walk to your own tastes. Plenty of time for stops for a quick drink and Tapas. Would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ivor, thanks a million for your kind words. Hope to see you in Madrid again, or in Birmingham!
Daniel W.Stamford, CT, United States
Sean is terrific. The day of our tour I was i bit ill, so my wife went solo. He adjusted the tour to her interests, and she came back absolutely thrilled with her morning with him (he showed her where I could get care nearby if needed). He emailed to check on me & offer me 2 hours the next day (gratis) if I was up to it. I was, I went - he took me to places of my interest (history), and I had a great time - so we both got the tours we wanted. He's knowledgeable, friendly, warm, charming. Go with Sean!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Daniel and Ellen. It was great to be your guide, I hope everything goes well at your new location Ellen and that you continue enjoying Madrid! and Daniel, good to know you have recovered and are willing to come back to Madrid soon. Un saludo cordial a ambos. Sean
Christian HelblingUnited States
This tour was extremely informative for first-time visitors like us. We were able to return to several of the shops and restaurants that were introduced to us by Sean (the Canary Islands Ropa Vieja was the highlight of our trip, and our son is still begging us to find a source of Bellota Jamon Iberico in the USA), and they were all very memorable. He was great with our kids and we all had a fun time. Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christian: It has been a while since the tour but I wanted to thank you for your feedback. I am particularly happy we seem to have made your son a new convert to the bellota faith! Don't hesitate to get in touch if ever you think you need assistance here in Madrid. In the meantime, all the best: Sean
Our tour of Madrid with Sean was just what we were looking for. He gave us a great mix of history combined with Madrid's culture today. We appreciated his opinions of Madrid and Spain today. It helped us understand more about the people of Spain. He made the tour flexible and kept it interesting for our three teenagers. Thanks Sean!
Rebecca BermensoloUnited States
We had the most wonderful time with Sean! He met us at the AVE station and was immediately friendly, enthusiastic, and welcoming to his city. We spent half a day with him walking around Madrid and experiencing things we wouldn't have if we had been on our own. We stopped at a few tapas bars and had wonderful food, he answered all our questions knowledgeably, and you can tell he really loves his job. We would definitely recommend him and if we are ever in Spain again, he is our guide of choice!
Scott W.United States
Sean was fantastic! He gave us not just a tour of Madrid's historical sites, but insight into what it is like to live in Madrid. His personality is friendly and easygoing, and we thoroughly enjoyed our morning with him. We would not hesitate to have Sean guide us again.
Anca OpreaUnited States
My daughter and I were very happy with the tour, the objectives selected, and the guide, Sean, who is very knowledgeable, curteous, and accommodating. It was a pleasure to have him as our guide. We explored many parts on foot that we couldn't have done or known otherwise, except for shown by a local. He also gave us great tips for our future trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Anca: Thanks for your very nice words about my work. I was very happy too to see you had a great interest (and knowledge) about Spain and its history. I know the tour was kind of demanding and hope your daughter had a chance to rest. And you too! How was the rest of the trip, are you still around? Un saludo afectuoso: Sean
David HendersonUnited Kingdom
Sean helped make our weekend in Madrid so special; he gave us a 4 hour history lesson sprinkled with interesting anecdotes that made the one fly by for all the family (including a 16 year old and a 12 year old). Wholeheartedly recommend Sean if you want to learn about Madrid in a nutshell.
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Michael AndrisanoUnited States
Sean did a fantastic job touring us around old Madrid. We have 2 children 9 and 12 and he even made it interesting for them! He took us to a great local restaurant for traditional tappas which was delish! He even went above and beyond and sent us an email with suggestions for the rest of our trip. We highly recommend Sean.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michael. Thanks for your lovely comments. It was a pleasure to be with you and I'm glad you liked the restaurant. Next time you'll have to try my father's recipe for rabbit. That's all for the moment, hope to see you back soon. Un saludo cordial: Sean
Loved the tour! Super-informative yet fun. Lots of flexibility to try food/drink too. Would definitely recommend Sean to friends. Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tom! Thanks, I had a great time too in spite of the cold weather... I would dare say you are pretty flexible also when it comes to food and drink! All the best, stay in touch and give me a shout if you happen to be downtown y un saludo cordial a todos.
Alford OttleyUnited States
Sean is more than knowledgeable and personable as would be expected by a reputable tour guide. What makes Sean a 5-star guide is his broad range of knowledge on a variety of subjects. So in addition to history, culture, architecture, and folk lure, you can talk albout philosophy, art, musiic, or whatever interests you and you will find a keen mind with which to converse.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Al! Thanks for the effort, I know it was noy the right moment for you to be walking around but I think we finally did a great job, right? I must say our conversations were kind of out of the ordinary so thank you very much for that too. Yes, let's keep in touch, northern Spain is awaiting!
Franklin TrappUnited States
Our walking tour of Madrid with Sean was absolutely phenomenal. Not only did we see the sights and get an excellent overview of the city, but we also were able to enjoy some lovely wine and tapas, sidra...Sean also provided an excellent overview of the beautiful architecture as well. What a fun and fabulous experience! Book with Sean!
Donald DodsonUnited States
Sean knows a lot about Madrid and he knows how to impart that knowledge. Our walk was fun and interesting. We went off the beaten track and we saw the highlights. He obviously loves Madrid and now so do I. He is very entertaining. I highly recommend his services. I give him 5 out 5 stars.
Sheikha Al ThaniQatar
Sean was the best private guide tour I had by far, he is so attentive , friendly with a great amount of knowledge , he made me enjoy my first visit to Madrid , definitely I'll choose him in my next visit to Madrid . He also gave me lots of insider tips and great advice .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sheika, tahnks a lot for coming and many thanks for your very nice comments. I hope you are enjoying the snow down in Granada. Please keep in touch and send a link to your blog!
Rick H.Wyoming, MN, United States
Sean is a personable,knowledgeable,creative,entertaining,guide who is a right choice for anyone wanting a tour guide in Barcelona.Sean was able to deliver an understandable history of the area that has a rich and complicated history.He answered questions from all eight of us retired travelers. His Irish/Spanish background is an asset that makes his Tours by Locals stand out.He is a dedicated employee who delivers an interesting and insightful tour. He is the best,thank you Sean.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Rick! thanks for your words and your company. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Spain (I belive you didn't have that much left in Madrid, right?) So you now know where to find me if you ever find yourselves seeking for info about things to do and see in Madrid/Spain: info is free! Gracias de nuevo por vuestra compañía y un saludo afectuoso a todo el grupo desde Madrid.
Diana RichUnited States
Sean is a gifted guide with impeccable English and a charming personality.. He seamlessly lead us into various streets, commercial establishments, neighborhoods, and tapas/wine bars - regaling us all along the way with fascinating stories, historical anecdotes, and nuanced insights. Fascinating all around. We highly recommend Sean and wish him the best.
Raphael R.United States
Sean was great. He knows Madrid - in perfect English too.
Marisa BernettiUnited States
Sean is an exceptional tour guide. Not only does he know his history and the monuments, but he also is great at suggesting local places to eat regional delicacies and drink wonderful wines and beers. He is 180 degrees from ordinary. We truly enjoyed his kind of touring.
Ted RossiUnited States
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Nancy YoungUnited States
Sean arrived promptly and cheerfully at the appointed time. He put together an excellent overview of the popular sites of Madrid,while also showing us the local way of life at the tapa bars and restaurant. We had a superb lunch while learning about Spanish history. Sean's personality suits thr role of guide - he exudes enthusiasm about the city with added to our enjoyment of the tour. He spent an extra hour with us to make sure we didn't miss anything. AND, we mastered the subway system!!!
Ingrid YurchencoUnited States
Sean was terrific!! He was so enthusiastic and so full of information about Spanish history and culture. He took us into all sorts of out of the way places and got us interesting things to eat like churros and shrimp in garlic. He took us to the oldest restaurant in the world, the street where Cervantes lived, Lope de Vega's house, the palace, etc. He explained so much about this city and went above and beyond helping us to buy tickets for the bull fight.
Graham StarlingUnited Kingdom
Michael MeasellsUnited States
Sean did an amazing job showing me around Madrid. It was fun, interesting and entertaining. He knows all the history and info of the area, but he also shows you all the great, fun out of the way places. (The weather was awful, but it didn't stop us all.) I'd not hesitate to call Sean next time I'm back in Madrid.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Michael! Sorry I have taken some time to reply. I am traveling in Portugal, ....make sure you come here one day! Thanks for your vey nice comments, will let you know how I feel about papa joe's pizzas if they ever show up in town. ¡Un saludo!
Iain ChesterUnited Kingdom
An excellent way to gain access to and learn about parts of Madrid that would have otherwise remained unknown to us. Sean has an extensive knowledge not only of Madrid but of the history of Spain and parts of Europe too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Iain thanks for your words. I had a great time too. Hope one day to see you wanting to explore interior Spain. The environment is amazing, and the towns and villages are full of real medieval charm. Please stay in touch if anytime you think you need some ideas in this direction. Un saludo cordial: Sean.
Had a fantastic day seeing parts of Madrid and hearing insights I would not have known about as a tourist. Sean was a great guide with lots of knowledge and passion for Madrid and Spanish culture in general. Would highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kristy: a million thanks for your comments. I had a great time too. How are things up there in Navacepeda? Rainy I guess. It will soon get better I'm sure and then I'll take a car, drive there and let you guide me around the place! Un saludo y ¡hasta pronto!
Armando BaltraUnited States
We've taken many private toursp all over the world. So we can confidently say that Sean is by far the very best. He's passionate about his country and Madrid, his hometown and clearly conveyed these feelings to us. He showed us amazing places that are not on the regular tourist path. This was my 3rd visit to Madrid and I hadn't ever heard of these buildings, corners, clubs, XIX century Shops, restaurants, etc. An old Madrid couple said: "You must have a very good guide that brings you to these places."
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Armando and hello Stan. Great to hear you enjoyed the tour. And thanks for the (very) nice comments. The important thing is that you are back soon, will you? Muchas gracias otra vez y un saludo afectuoso a los dos.
Michael CzarcinskiUnited States
Our tour Guide, Sean was very pleasant and knowledgable.. Sean gave us a perfect 4 hour walking tour throught Old and New Madrid. When my wife and I finished we could not say enough about how great the experience was.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello again Michael. Thanx for the great comment. Very glad you enjoyed the tour. You know where I am now so don't hesitate to get in touch if you ever need assistance here in Madrid. All the best and a Happy Reyes Day for you and your family!
Steven LevinUnited States
Sean was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was flexible as we wanted to explore Madrid, learn some of the historical background,see nice areas/neighborhoods, and do some shopping rather than visiting a museum. He accommodated our interests. We enjoyed our tour with Sean immensely.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Steven, thanks for the comments. It was good to have you here and I'm looking forward to having you back. ¡Un saludo afectuoso desde Madrid! Sean.
Bill MoellerUnited States
Sean was an excellent tour guide, with excellent communications skills (especially in english) and great knowledge of Madrid, Spain in general, and Spanish history and art. Sean quickly figured out our interest and adapted the tour appropriately. We had a wonderful tour and I highly recommend Sean as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Bill, thanks a lot for your comment, really hope you had the best time in Madrid. You know where I am if ever you or someone you know thinks of coming back. Regards to everyone in your family y un saludo afectuoso. Sean.
This tour was big fun! Quite an unique tour, we VERY much enjoyed it! Gracias!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tom! Thanks a lot for the comment. It was great to be with you all, I had a very good time too. Particularly the bar. You know where I am if you ever need any assistance preparing your tours around Spain. All the best for now. Sean.
Kimberly LanphearUnited States
AMAZING! Sean is SO friendly and SO knowlegdeable about every detail of Spanish history. Our family of four, husband, wife, and two teenaged daughters (16 and 18) learned SO much and saw so much in 4 hours. We could have spent three days with Sean. I have travelled in many countries, using many tour guides and can honestly say that Sean was the best. He was delightful and polite to be with, smart and fun. I could not recommend him enough! Thanks so much Sean - the Lanphear family!!
Chere JohnsonUnited States
I would like to say that Sean was such a knowledgeable and relaxed Tour Guide. I felt as if we had just met a friend and he was taking us around his home, introducing us to his friends, showing us the things he loves. It was just a very comfortable adventure. We also had two friends that had never traveled to Europe or experienced any history. I will make certain than anyone I know that is going to travel to Madrid, books Sean through this company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Chere!!! Thanx a million for this comment, if I understand properly then you are going to make it back to Spain sometime somehow...???!!! You know? This guy Amir, played again a week after in a different venue, and there we were, the same crowd as usual, but no Americans this time. Stay in touch will you? Un abrazo fuerte desde Madrid. Sean.
James FreyUnited States
Great taste of Madrid -history,architecture,food,and wine
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jim! Still on board? Thanx and regards to both, hope to catch up again one day! Sean.
Sean is very good in what he does and very knowledgeable. It was a great pleasure to visit Madrid with him and I will recommend you do the same.
Sam De LucaUnited States
We loved our tour with Sean. It was interesting to see the city through his eyes. You get a feel for how the people of Madrid live while also getting all the historical information you would expect. I highly recommend that you take the tour with Sean during lunch time—it will be a real treat!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sam: Muchas gracias! Hope to see you both again around here!!! Stay in touch, all the best! Sean.
Chris K.United States
Sean was a terrific guide for our family. He tailored our trip to engage not only my wife and I, but also our three kids (ages 12, 9,8). We learned quite a lot about Madrid and saw different sites off the beaten path. Very fluent in English and extremely knowledgeable about the history of Madrid. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chris: thanx a million for your views about my work, and your comments. Don't hesitate to get in touch again if ever around. Really hope you enjoyed your stay. Tell your son to keep it up and persevere, having history as an ally in today's world means quality of life and confidence. All the best back in Switzerland! Sean.
William McCarthyUnited States
Sean was absolutely fabulous. Informative, witty, and the pace was perfect for our group. I would highly recommend him for any group that has an interest in local history, culture, food. Congratz to Sean, a job well done! Bill McCarthy & Family
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi there Bill! See, I just came across your comments today! I'm awful, I didn't really know there was a section devoted to client's comments on the site! Thanx a lot. Your words are very encouraging.I meant to get in in touch with you that night, didn't I? Maybe it was better I didn't, things turned out a bit different than I expected...Saturday night after all! How was Granada? I'm sure you loved it.Was there any snow up in Sierra Nevada? All the best, hope to see yee all soon!Saludos desde Madrid.Sean.
Anna LevinUnited States
Bernie TobinHalf Moon Bay, CALIFORNIA, United States
Sean was amazing. Not only was he prompt, but he was incredibly knowledgeable about the city and its culture. He was obviously passionate about his country and his city and he represented both well. He was great with the kids (all 7 of them ages 8 through 18) and we loved that he stopped in businesses and restaurants to show us Madrid's culture through its products and food. He knew his history and patiently answered all of our questions. I can't recommend him highly enough!!