Robin GoreUnited States
Matthew is a wonderful tour guide and went beyond our exceptions of showing us all of New York. He is well knowledge of New York. He know so much history of all of this area and gave us great tips of different things for us to do. Would highly recommend him as your New York tour guide. Thanks again Matthew from your Texas friends!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Robin it was such fun showing you and Rodney & Debbie & Randy my New York. I really feel like I made some true friends from Texas! I hope you guys can make it back here sometime. Better, I’m gonna make it a point to get out to Texas to visit with y’all!
Jim WalkerUnited States
Matt's assistance in planning, his knowledge of NYC and his presentation to the student group were all outstanding!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Jim. It was really a pleasure.
Judy UgentiUnited States
OK. If you want HISTORY and drive by's and drive through's then this is the man for you. He knows EVERYTHING. A walking encyclopedia. I would have liked more stop and SEE time but that's my fault as I did tell him "we wanted to see as much as possible." It's great because tomorrow I can go back and really look at the places I wanted to spend time. Today my favorite was Grand Central Station (beautiful). Seeing John Lennon's memorial (of sorts) was great. Matthew went above and beyond for us. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Judy, it was really a pleasure showing you and Iggy & Denise & John around today. Believe me, I always wish I could spend more time and go in depth at many more sites like we did at Grand Central (I'm very happy you enjoyed that) I could easily spend a week or more with you guys. I hope you come back and soon!
Amy Lynn KelleyUnited States
Matthew did a day tour for our friends/coworkers in the city from Kenya and was fabulous!! We arranged for it remotely and he was so diligent in communicating and making arrangements prior to the visit and then did an excellent tour for them! Highly recommend him, thanks so much!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Amy Lynn, it was great working with you to arrange the tour. Then showing Joshua, Gloria, and Dan around NYC was absolutely a treat!
Sylda GrasmanUnited States
Great guide! Was extremely helpful and patient throughout the entire trip. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sylda, It was lovely meeting you and your family and I was very happy to show you all around. I hope you're enjoying a peaceful, happy and healthy New Year! Cheers, Matthew
Jim CooganUnited States
Matthew is a great guide, only he forgot to take us where we requested.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jim, I am sorry I dropped the ball on this. I don't remember all the details from the day of our tour. Reviewing our correspondence previous to the tour, I see we talked about Greenpoint Brooklyn. If that's where you wanted to go, again, I'm sorry we didn't do it. Since we didn't use a vehicle, I thought it would have taken too much time. Of course, if that was especially important to you we could have made it work. I'd like to make it right if I can. Not sure how, but maybe TBL can help us. Matt
Dick HalsteadUnited States
An excellent experience walking the streets of Greenwich Village with Matthew! He was well prepared and researched (historical photos on computer), very knowledgeable of the music/arts evolution in the Village and his personal experiences in NYC were invaluable. His enthusiasm for music and NYC were most appreciated. His tour created an increased interest for me to return to NYC and build upon the insights Matthew introduced to me. Thank you again for a great experience!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Dick, It was a great pleasure for me to show you around Greenwich Village and all the haunts of some of the great folk and rock artists. Thank you for the glowing review. I really appreciate your enthusiasm, it's the fuel that motivates my tour! I hope you do visit again and soon!
Donna PetzoldUnited States
This was our second day of touring with Matthew, and he arranged for a car and driver. This really is the best way to see lots of the city and quickly. We made quite a few stops and got out and walked around while Mathew explained the highlights of the area, then popped back in the car for another location. Matthew is very well informed about New York, its history and surrounding areas. We can't wait to do this again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: HI Donna, I will pass your compliments on to Arkady our driver that day. I know he really liked you guys too. Yes, there are so many things to do and places to see here in NYC. You could easily spend a month here and still see only a fraction. So you and Gunnar will have to come back and visit and plan to stay for a while. My wife and I might be getting a larger apartment in the not too distant future, we'll have a spare room!
Donna PetzoldUnited States
Matthew is incredibly knowledgeable about New York City and the 5 boroughs. He got us around on the subways and buses quickly and efficiently. We had never really used a subway system before and felt like real New Yorkers with him. We had great conversations with him and found him to be a pretty funny guy. We will come back to New York just to take another tour with him. Pretty sure we missed 99.9% of what the city has to offer.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Donna, thank you so much for your splendid review. You guys were really a treat to spend time with and I sure do hope to see you again! Cheers, Matthew
Robert HaarUnited States
Enjoyed our day with Matthew. Manhattan is a large area and there was a lot of walking. Our feet were sore, but it was worth having Matthew show us around and pointing out things we would have never seen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bob, I had a great time myself showing you guys around. Thank you for the positive review. Be well.
Matthew was a fountain of interesting information! We enjoyed seeing NYC through the eyes of someone who knew the history, back stories, and trivia behind the magnificent buildings and other significant landmarks. It is these stories that make you appreciate the sights that this city has to offer.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Stella, I meant to respond sooner but I got very busy and... well you know how it is. I just want to say that it was really a treat for me to spend two days with you and Maureen and Stephanie and Jeanette. Thank you for the great review, it means a lot to me. I hope you are all well and I hope to see you again. Cheers, Matthew
Scott HaingeUnited Kingdom
Would have given 12/10 if possible...Polite, friendly, full of interesting facts and a Soprano's fan what more could you ask for. Alot of competition in New York for tours dont waste your time looking, MATTHEW IS THE BEST...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Scott, it takes one to know one! You and Lisa are the best. I really enjoyed taking you guys around Sopranos sites and to Lou Costello Memorial Park. Hope I get to see you both again soon! Cheers, Matthew
Mark AkinUnited States
We just had a " Bite out of The Big Apple" Tour. Matthew was very attentive and knowledgeable of New York City . We fit a lot into our day. Wall Street, 911 Memorial, Lunch at Katz's Deli, Musical tour through Greenwich, Grand Central , and a great working knowledge of the Manhattan Skyline and the history associated with each of the buildings. We would strongly recommend Matthew C and Tours by Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mark for your review. You and Carol were really a joy to travel with through NYC today. I hope I get to see you guys again soon. Perhaps you can show me around Memphis!
Jorge CrespoUnited States
Very nice gentleman!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jorge, it takes one to know one! I hope you and Wendy & Alex had a great time today. Cheers, Matthew
Joyce JohnsonUnited States
The tour and Matthew was above what I expected.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review Joyce. You and Robert were really a pleasure to spend the day with. I hope we can do it again!
Paul K (Ken) MillenUnited States
Matthew was very knowledgeable about all things NYC and adapted the tour to align with what we wanted to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review Ken. As I said, I surely wish we could have seen more. Perhaps next time. Cheers, Matthew
Mara ClawsonUnited States
Matthew is an unbelievable guide. Incredible insights, personal stories, and a lovely attitude. We were immediately comfortable and felt safe. He got everyone involved, even our difficult eleven year old who tried his best to be disinterested. To no avail, Matthew kept him excited and intrigued. The adults cried as we toured the 9/11 museum and memorial.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mara, Thank you so much for your very complimentary review. You and your family were a treat for me to spend the day with. I hope we meet again. Cheers, Matthew
Greg TwemlowSan Francisco, CALIFORNIA, Australia
Very informative to walk NYC with a true local. We enjoyed our time very much and are very happy to recommend Matthew.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your excellent review Greg. I hope we can do it again sometime!
In early email discussions with this guide, he stated that he liked kids and had a good rapport with them, but this may have been exaggerated. Although our tour started out great, after the first couple of hours the kids were bored and tuned him out...it was the music/art scene part of the tour that did them in. Obviously the guide is passionate about this part, but it did not appeal to kids as the 12 year olds we were with didn't know who singers like Bob Dylan were.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Carla, I'm really sorry you and the kids were disappointed. I'm not going to try to defend myself, you're right. I was not as well prepared for you guys as I usually am for my tours. I would like to make this up to you by providing you with a credit for Tours By Locals, thank you for your feedback and I will take it into consideration for my future tours.
Isavani GovenderSouth Africa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the 5 stars Whitney. I'm glad you had a good time and I hope we can do another tour sometime in the future!
Suzanne TaylorUnited States
I requested a customized super heroes tour for my grandson and myself, and Matthew went above and beyond our expectations! He took us by foot, subway, and bus to various sites around Manhattan, and connected with my 8-year old grandson by sharing stories, movie scenes, and locations shown on the tablet he brought with him. Matthew gave us both a day we will always remember!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Suzanne,Thank you for the wonderful review. It was so much fun showing you and Aiden around NYC, I'd freely & happily show you guys around NYC everyday if I could! Aiden's responses to seeing the actual sites from his favorite superhero movies was priceless. I'd love to see you guys again. Bring the whole family!
Harold KlausUnited States
Matthew returned our get-acquainted phonecall, noted our interests, and delivered a 100% informative & totally enjoyable day in the life of NYC.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your excellent review Jim & Robbie. I can't reiterate often enough that it was a real treat for me to spend the day with y'all! I hope to see you again. Perhaps pay you a visit in AZ!
Heidi CanarelliHenderson, NV, United States
Heidi CanarelliHenderson, NV, United States
Hite L.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the 5 star rating Hite. I'm glad you guys had a great time. I certainly had an excellent time showing you around my home town!
Diane BilodeauUnited States
3rd visit to NYC and was travelling with my husband and 17 year old. We opted to go with a private tour vs. previous bus tours. Matthew did a fantastic job tailoring the itinerary to spots we hadn't seen before. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and great stories made the time fly by. Keeping a 17 year old entertained when travelling with mom and dad can be a challenge, and even she thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Thanks so much Matthew for making our 30th anniversary weekend in NYC so memorable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking my tour for your 30th anniversary. I had a great time with you guys and I'd love to see you all again. Maybe for your 60th? Cheers, Matthew
Stephen CheninHenderson, NEVADA, United States
Our guide was brilliant (should have been a doctor). Super personable, unbelievable knowledge of buildings, dates, architecture, owners. We kept moving with unbelievable knowledge politely displayed the whole trip. Super happy would highly recommend Matt.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow! Thank you so much Stephen for your fabulous review! Of course, you guys were really fun to spend a day with. I wish you all well and hope to see you again! Cheers, Matthew
Marthe LewisUnited States
Matthew was very friendly, knowledgeable, and tailored the tour to my specific needs. I would sign up for another tour with him in a heartbeat, and I would also recommend him to friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marcy, Thank you for such a lovely review. It really was a pleasure spending part of the day with you. I wish I could have given you more. I certainly do hope to see you again. Matthew
David BarbeUnited States
Matthew was a super guide; very knowledgeable with a good personality and sense of humor. I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David, thank you so much for your positive review. I wish I could have given you and Irene more. I could easily have spent the entire day showing you two around. Unfortunately I can't do anything about the traffic! I hope to see you guys again.
John GowdyBellevue, WA, United States
Matthew was wonderful. An amazing source of information about history and art (at our request). Excellent work by Matthew and marvelous driving by Sam. We would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely comments Judy & John & Steve & Rita! It was a treat for me to show you guys around my hometown!
Renee Minnemeyer-ClimoUnited States
I HIGHLY recommend Matthew. He is beyond knowledgeable about NYC and extremely personal and able to connect with everyone in our 10 person group. DEFINITELY choose Matthew!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Renee, Thank you so much for your review. Your gang was a great deal of fun to spend time with. I wish I could have accompanied you for the rest of your time in NYC. I hope to see you again. Cheers, Matthew
Jeff BogdanUnited States
Mathew, thank you again for the tour, everyone enjoyed seeing the sites, when boys said...we want to come back to NYC, your tour was a big part of it. Again, thanks. Jeff Bogdan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeff, I really enjoyed showing you and your family around. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. Cheers, Matthew
Annette LaBarcaUnited States
Matthew was an excellent guide/companion to tour NYC. He got us around the city to see everything we wanted to see and do in the time that we had allotted. He's very knowledgeable, and even gave us history that was above and beyond what we expected. Thanks Matthew!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Annette, you and Lisa were a lot of fun! You're definitely inspiring me to get a selfie-stick! I hope you come back and we can do it all again soon! Cheers, Matthew
Jane StrautzUnited States
Despite the fact that it was the coldest day in NYC in 20 years, Matthew was very pleasant and easy to get along with He was knowledgeable about NYC and obviously loves being a tour guide. He fit into our small group as though he were one of our friends. I felt very safe in New York city with him leading the way. Will definitely book a tour with him again if we head into the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dannehl! You and Don and Arthur and Jeanette were so much fun to spend a day with. You made ME feel safe in NYC! Seriously, I hope you guys come back and see me again. Perhaps I'll get to visit you!
Felix LombardSouth Africa
An absolutely unforgettable tour! Matthew shares an incredible amount of knowledge with a lot of passion. You HAVE to spend time with him when in New York! Thanks for everything Matthew!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Felix, Anderson & Sebastian, Thank you for the lovely review. You guys were great. I had a wonderful time showing you around. I hope you and Anchen are enjoying the holidays and that you'll all come and visit me and my home town again! Cheers, Matthew
Sandra K OHara TorgersonMelbourne, FL, United States
Did an excellent job. Really knows his stuff.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Sandy. You and Johnny were great fun to spend the day with. Cheers, Matthew
Ellen TrimboliUnited States
Very informative! Stopped at a Chinatown Sweet Shop and for the best dumplings in Chinatown. Keep your group small - the streets are crowded!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the nice comments Ellen. Your group was a lot of fun. I hope we'll all meet again!
Very good overview of New York. Great to be driven as distances are large. Right amount of driving and walking. Guide very informative and helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Noeleen, It was a pleasure showing you and Stuart around my city. I'm glad you enjoyed our time together. Cheers, Matthew
Debbie RinehartUnited States
This tour was the most extravagant purchase we've ever made. BUT, because of our incredible guide, Matthew, and Sal, the equally incredible driver, we'll be signing up for a tour with these guys each time we visit NYC. Their knowledge was astounding. Both guys had personality plus. The weather was less than perfect, but Matthew and Sal made it feel like a warm Spring day. Thank you ToursByLocals!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It really was a joy & a pleasure to show you guys our Christmas spirit Debbie. I wish you the very best in the new year.
Keneen Bridgeman MagnowskiCanada
Excellent thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank YOU! You guys were great!
Brian H.Austin, TX, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Thank you for your high rating Brian. I hope to see you & Chuck again next time you're in NY. Or I could come & visit you in Austin!
Matthew was great, very knowledgeable and pleasant to be around. Loved how he used his iPad when he wanted to show us more or look up something he didn't know. We had a large group of 9 but we could always see Matthew and could hear him above the sounds of NYC! We got through so much in a short time and his guidance on the subway gave us the confidence to use it for the rest of our stay. Everyone in the group gave him rave reviews. Thanks Matthew, you are part of our NYC memories forever. Helen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Helen, thank you so much for your excellent review. You guys were so much fun, I had a great time showing you around my hometown! I really enjoy having adventurous travelers like you and your friends who are ready to plunge into NYC's subway system to get around. I think that's such an integral part of the full New York experience. Thanks for visiting & Happy trails.
James TruesdellUnited States
As a first time visitor to NYC I could not have chosen a better tour or tour guide. Matthew was very personable and extremely informative. Kudos to you Matthew, keep up the great work. It is very obvious you love what you do.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I do love what I do James cause I get to meet and entertain really great people like you everyday! Thank you for the excellent comments. Cheers, Matthew
Morgan HogertyUnited States
My children (ages 17, 13, and 10) and I were in NYC for 12 hours and were searching for a tour of the city's highlights. Our search resulted in the PERFECT guide - Matthew did an amazing job of showing us the city. We traveled on foot, bus, and subway resulting in seeing the city not as a tourist but as a local would. I cannot recommend Matthew more highly! He delivers his vast knowledge of the city in a very entertaining fashion!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Morgan, thank you so much for your kind comments. I had a great time with you and your family, it really felt to me like I was showing dear family friends around town! I hope to see you all again. Cheers, Matthew
I would like to thank Matthew for the absolutely great tour around NY!!!!! He is very knowledgeable and professional guide with a great sense of humor! I learned so much over the day, starting with history, architecture, religion, culture and finishing with celebrity's lives and many interesting stories about NY! Matthew is such a dedicated guide that he even went overtime with me in order to show things which i was very interested about!!! Thank you very much once again and all the best for you!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Victoria, I really appreciate your glowing review. It was a pleasure for me to take you around the city and tells you its stories. Cheers, Matthew
Matthew did a terrific job with our specialized private tour of NYC. He took the time with us explaining the history of many sites. He was delightful to talk to and have fun with. His arrangements for our small group were excellent. The van was comfortable and met all our needs as we had people with us with limitations. Thank you Matthew for a job well done and we hope we can book you again in the future. Lillian Worton
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lillian, you and your party were a blast. I hope I get to see you all again! Cheers, Matthew
Matthew was an excellent and entertaining guide. He was well prepared and tailored his tour to suit us. Even our four kids (three teens and a tween, usually a tough crowd!) still remember what he showed us and the interesting trivia he shared along the way. He packed it in, going beyond the scheduled 3.5 hours, to give us an excellent introduction to NYC. I would definitely contact him again, the next time we are in the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Angelina, Thank you so much for the glowing review. You guys were the greatest. I wish I could show you and your family around every day! Cheers, Matthew C.
Bryant DoolyUnited States
Great tour. Matthew was very engaging and his stories were interesting. Thanks for sharing your local knowledge and personal experiences with us. You and Nadar made a great team. Our friends said it was the highlight of our visit! Thanks again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bryant, you guys were so much fun - you all are the kind of people that make me so grateful that I don't actually work for a living! I get to entertain really cool people like you and your friends. Cheers and Very Happy Holidays, Matthew
Joel WebbUnited States
Mathew was a fantastic tour guide! His professionalism and overall knowledge of the city (NYC) is extraordinary. He took us to every site we requested as well as several additional "bonus" sites! Mathew has a unique talent in covering a vast amount of area in a limited amount of time without making you feel "rushed" I would HIGHLY recommend Mathew in the future and will be booking him again for my next trip. A HUGE thank you to Mathew for making this trip perfect! Sincerely, Joel
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Joel, thank you for the glowing review. You and Marilyn were such a pleasure to meet and spend time with. I really felt like I was showing around my old friends from out of town. Please give my fondest regards to Marilyn and I hope to see you again with Kelly next time! Cheers, Matthew
Donald NinoUnited States
We were only going to be in Manhattan for one day and Matt gave us a perfect overview of the high points a person should see in New York City. He was in contact with us before our arrival to find out our preferences and even gave me advice on which shuttle service to use. He tailored the trip to give us a true New York experience from riding the subway, seeing Times Square, strolling 5Th Ave. and taking the Staten Island Ferry. He is very knowledgeable about the history of places we saw. A very nice man.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Donald, thank you so much for the great comments. I really had a great time with you and Martha and Cindy. I hope I get a chance to entertain you guys again. Cheers, Matthew C.
Joyce AngiuoliUnited States
We could not have asked for a better guide. Matthew went out of his way to prepare himself for the specific information we wanted for our tour. Matthew and the tour exceeded our expectations. Thank you Matthew for all of your knowledge.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joyce. I had a great time with you and your sister. It was really exiting for me to do the research to learn more about your mother's and grandmother's community and to be able to offer that to you. You guys have to write me do I can share with you some of the source material I found for your tour. Cheers, Matthew C.
Thanks for a great day Matthew. It was good to see and hear some of the cities history form a true local. hey we even got into the ' arts and architecture" if only a bit. We would throughly recommend Matthew to anyone wanting to see New York, his knowledge and presentation was so much better than the bus tour we took to Washington DC the next day it was like comparing night to day. Cheers
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Shane, thank you so much for your comments. I'm really happy you enjoyed the tour. I had a great time with you and Mitchell and I hope you guys get to come to NYC again some time. Cheers, Matthew C.
Edgar PhillipsUnited States
My wife and I have been on tours all over the world and Matthew's 2 day tour was the best by far of any tour we have ever been on. He spent almost twice the time with us than the tour called for. His knowledge of NY Citywas great. We would highly reccomend Matthew as your tour guide. He will be ours on our next visit to the city. Ed and Amy
Susan LawrenceUnited States
Best day we had in NYC. Our flight was delayed and our guy Matthew rearranged his day for us. Matthew showed us everything we wanted to see and more, plus we had a day full of laughs. He is so much fun to hang out with and if we ever go back we will forsure use his service again. Matthew is a real NYC gem!
Dee HorneFt. Myers, FL, United States
Took my grand daughter to NYC for her 13th Birthday. Matthew was a terrific tour guide. We saw so much more than we would have on our own. Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dee, I really appreciate the feedback. All my best to you and Emma and your whole clan! Matthew
Margaret SporerUnited States
Very friendly and knowledgeable, easy to ask questions. Would have liked to see more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Peggy, Thank you so much for the feedback. I'm glad you and the girls had a good time. And I'll pass your compliments on to Jared. Cheers, Matthew
Kaveeta EastUnited States
Matthew was truly a delightful tour guide to experience NY city with. His wealth of knowledge and love for his city, NY city, is tremendous!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your glowing review Kaveeta. I'm very glad you enjoyed the tour. I had a great time meeting you and hope to see you again. Cheers, Matthew
Nancy SchwabUnited States
Matthew was a fabulous tour guide. He met us at the airport at the set time, took us for a combination driving/walking tour, and got us to the cruise ship terminal at the end of the tour. His knowledge of NYC enabled him to bypass traffic and work around subway station closures. We learned an incredible amount about the history and architecture of the city. It was both a fun and educational day. We would recommend Matthew to any of our friends visiting New York.