J C (Clay) HamlinUnited States
See my other write up on Ellen.
Melissa BenderUnited States
Ellen was an excellent tour guide. She is friendly and knowledgable. She did a great job of engaging with my group of university students and adapted the tour to our interests and to the subject that the students are studying. She also gave us a lot of useful tips about other things to do while in the area. I couldn't have asked for a better guide. I will definitely book another tour with her in the future.
David MartinMississauga, ON, Canada
Ellen Malasky is an excellent Tours by Locals guide - and then some. She is very personable with a happy and outgoing personality. She is extremely knowledgeable about the Mall area and the history represented there. A wonderful afternoon at an excellent pace.
Christine MoogUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Chris WeeksUnited Kingdom
We had a great time with Ellen who, despite the weather, provided a very informative and entertaining tour. It was a packed afternoon, but she brought the city and the story behind its many memorials to life.
Richard RodriguezUnited States
Ellen was great. Her tour was just what we wanted. She provides so much interesting information; she really knows Washington and its history. Just a perfect tour guide!
Cyndi CynthiaUnited States
Ellen led an exceptional tour for us. There were 4 in our group; grandparents with 2 young teen grandkids. Ellen asked a few pre-tour questions and planned the trip for our interests. We saw and learned far more than we would have on our own. She added many insights and details about Washington D.C., historical backgrounds and little known facts. I will definitely recommend Ellen!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! It was so great to be with such a close and fun family. Lucky grandchildren to have you two! I hope you enjoy the remainder of your time in DC! Come back soon.
Michelle FrancisUnited States
Ellen was amazing. She knew just how to take care of our 10 year-old boy and 12 year-old girl. She told stories about all the monuments, explaining things that, after 4 visits to DC, I didn't know. I wasn't convinced our son was getting anything out of it since he was bashing his umbrella on everything. However, the rest of our week in DC, the kids' favorite phrase was, "remember when Ellen told us about..." That is enough proof to me to know that Ellen did a great job!!!
Renata AziziUnited States
Ellen was amazing! She was knowledgeable, accommodating and very pleasant. Would highly recommend her to family and friends!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!! I hope you stayed dry and enjoyed the remainder of your stay in DC. Come back when the kids are older..we have lots to see!
Richard RodriguezUnited States
Ellen was a fantastic tour guide. One of the best tours I have ever taken, very knowledgeable and a great host.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! I so enjoyed meeting you and the family. I hope the remainder of your stay in DC was great fun. Ellen
Robert (Bob) HuntUnited States
Ellen's knowledge of and insights into the workings of Washington, DC were so informative and enjoyable. We had a terrific time, in large part to Ellen's guidance.
short notice booking due to some friends agreeing to extend our stay in Washington, Ellen made the tour happen with minimal stress, she only needed a few questions to be answered, suggested transportation due to the heat, 100% correct, she arrived early, her level of knowledge, passion is evident, she has a great personality, warm and welcoming, she even planned our Saturday trip, we saw way more than we had expected too, I recommend Ellen, you made our trip fantastic - THANK YOU, your awesome
Julie PischelUnited States
Ellen was amazing! So was a book of knowledge and managed to make it fun for the kids as well as the adults. We were a group of 30 traveling on a charter bus. She was great with our driver. Bottom line is we were in very capable hands and absolutely loved her!
Joseph KirkeyUnited States
My family and I had the pleasure of meeting with Ellen for an awesome, custom tailored, and extremely flexible tour. She is very knowledgeable, kind, and friendly guide who shared a lot of historical and sidebar knowledge that we would have not received walking alone. She also has great patience considering the several stops we had to make to tend to our twin 16 month olds and 8 year old that we brought on the tour. She was able to maximize our time because she knew the city like the back of her hand.
We loved our tourwith Ellen. She was very pleasent and knowledgable.
Chris McKinnieUnited States
Very knowledgeable and really maximized the details of what we saw. Very easy going and is a great storyteller about what we were seeing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great spending the morning with you. I hope you enjoyed the rest of you stay in DC.
Douglas WanderseeUnited States
Enthusiastic about DC and knew a lot of interesting and varied things. Seemed a little geared toward a younger audience. Would have preferred something more adult oriented.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Doug, I appreciate your comments. I'm sorry that you felt my commentary was a bit elementary. I didn't realize it and, if I had, would certainly have changed it a bit. I hope that the visits to the law and med schools were productive and wish them all well. My best to you, too. Ellen
Three couples from Canada enjoyed an informative, interesting and diverse tour with Ellen. Lots of background information and stories to round out our experience. Ellen is very comfortable to be with and open to making sure your visit is the best it could be. Be sure to see Washington with Ellen!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!!
Howard SterlingUnited States
Ellen, was everything we wanted in a guide. Especially since she geared tours to adults and kids. We saw all we could see in time. I would give her 6 stars if I could.
Linda McGowanUnited States
Ellen was delightful. She related well to all of us but especially nine-year old Sean. Her knowledge of Washington seemed endless. High point of our weekend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! What a fun evening. Loved getting to know you both and to helping make Sean's birthday very special!
Ed VennerUnited Kingdom
We are very grateful to Ellen for her time. Ellen was extremely knowledeable, but most importantly was friendly and flexible to our needs. She read our boys' energy levels like a pro and flexed the tour to accommodate them (including pointing our ice cream vans and toilets!). Going on the Senators' train was an undoubted highlight. Thank you so much.
Suzanne NaccaratoUnited States
Ellen began our tour with an informative and historical overview of Washington DC. She continued to add interesting information throughout the afternoon as we toured. Ellen was so accommodating to our schedule as we literally flew in to the area went straight from the airport to our tour. A true asset to our visit to Washington DC! Thank you Ellen!!
Leonard KramUnited States
I wanted to thank you for a lovely experience. We certainly enjoyed meeting you as we'll. I am glad we had an overview of the city.
Great personality, versatile and very knowledgable. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with her... Understands families, and that was good for us, as we were a family of 8 in total.