We had such a great time with Matthew! We learned and saw so much more than we expected. The ipad was a nice touch as it really put things into perspective. He was energetic, funny, engaging, and knowledgeable and we didn't just learn about rock & roll but also many other interesting facts about the village and New York in general. Next time we are back, we'll definitely connect with Matthew and we've already been referring him to anyone visiting NYC in the future. Thanks Matt!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the lovely review Jesse. I was very happy to show you and Lee around Greenwich Village and talk about the music scene. It's great to have truly enthusiastic guests with whom to share the history of NYC and Greenwich Village in particular!
Richard HopwoodUnited Kingdom
A superb tour, especially tailored to our needs and requests. Matthew our guide was both friendly and knowledgeable, the tour was more like a mini outing it was that enjoyable. I need to thank both Matthew and Ben the driver for a great experience and one which I would not hesitate to recommend to others. A special thank you to Ben for driving back to the port to return the phone that I absentmindedly left in the car. Top Tour Guide, top driver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Rick, you and Julie were great fun to be with and show around my hometown. I hope to visit you guys one of these days soon! Cheers, Matthew
Our second tour with Matthew in the week and a Matthew tried hard to show us as much as he could - despite the heavy rain, Christmas/New Year crowds and our tiring group of travellers Two special touches - when Matthew was giving us a history lesson in the meat packing district and two locals who were waiting on a bus said to us "you have a great guide - he really knows his stuff" and 2nd when Matthew and his wife accepted an invitation to join us for dinner at Katz deli at the end of the day. Thanks M
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Scott, and Leslie and Olivia. I had a great time showing you guys around. It's such a pleasure to be with nice people. I hope I can get out to Australia in the near future. Then you can show me around!
Highly recommend Matthew for a tour Great way to see New York with a local New Yorker - nice guy who knows his way around the city He reminded me of the energiser bunny - he never stops on the tour Continually pulls out iPad to show photos of the area you are visiting Only negative - the Dad jokes!!! Thanks Matthew
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Scott, you and Leslie and Olivia were such a treat to spend a couple of days with. Please come back and visit again! Oh, and my wife thinks you guys are super sweet and I must concur!
Sigrid EganUnited States
We were delighted with Matthew's knowledge, performance and personality. He is totally committed and loves his job; it was apparent. I, as a former city and tour guide can attest, that during all my many previous New York City tours, I have never had so much information about New York. Sigrid Egan on behalf of the Phoenix Ski Club group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your excellent review Sigrid. It's especially nice to get such notice from a fellow guide! You and the rest of the ladies were also a great pleasure to spend time with and show around my hometown. I hope I can visit you in AZ sometime in the not too distant future!
John LambertUnited States
Our family scheduled a tour with Matthew for our recent visit back to the City and from start to finish the experience was outstanding. I highly recommend Matthew as your tour guide. His local knowledge, history and appreciation for all things New York guarantees an awesome experience. The Lambert's
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey John, I really enjoyed showing you, Joan, Ryan & Kaitlyn and Katie & Jordan around NYC. You guys are a lot of fun and I hope to get the chance to visit you all someday!
Regina LaraUnited States
Fantastic tour. We chose the option to also hire a car and driver since it was Thanksgiving weekend, and we covered so much more ground. Matthew is a skilled raconteur with a wonderful sense of humor and history, a little bawdy but always in good taste. My smart but rather reserved 12 year old goddaughter and her mother were my guests for their first NYC visit and he was so charming and friendly, and made an effort to direct relevant comments and questions to her so she was engaged in the discussion
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Regina, as I said, you guys were really a treat to be with and show around our home town! Cheers, Matthew
Heather ReeseUnited States
Mathew was amazing! He was able to keep a group entertained from the age of 10-66. We were able to see so many things in a short period of time. He has a plethora of knowledge of the city. We would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the lovely review Heather. You and Randall and Estelle and Debbie were so cool and fun to spend the day with. It was really a great pleasure for me. I hope you had a great holiday season and I wish everyone the best.
Sherilyn StickleyUnited States
My husband and I had a great time on our 4 hour tour with Matthew! He was very knowledgeable about the places we saw along our tour, especially about the 9/11 Memorial. He was cheerful and easygoing, and gave us a wonderful introduction to his city. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sheri, I really enjoyed spending the day with you and Karl and showing you guys around my hometown. I hope to see you all again. Cheers, Matthew
Richard BellUnited Kingdom
Matthew is a New Yorker through and through. We can't imagine anyone better to introduce you to this incredible city. Endless fascinating stories and extra information on his iPad. I'm a wheelchair user and Matthew couldn't have made things easier.
Thank you so much! The tour was very well planned and organized. In top of that it was very educational and a lot of fun. We enjoyed every moment and learned a lot about New York, its history, culture and people. We can highly recommend Matthew's tours to anyone who visit New York.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Marjo. You and your family are really a joy to host and show around my city. It is very gratifying to have engaged and curious visitors who are genuinely interested in what I have to tell you about NYC. I hope we get together again soon!
Tina ChancyUnited States
Dena PalmerUnited States
Funny, entertaining and extremely knowledgeable. My group of 10 had some time to explore from when our plane landed in New Jersey and when we boarded our cruise ship in Bayonne. Matthew arranged for a shuttle to pick us up (and all our luggage) and take us to the 9/11 Memorial. He also shared his knowledge of all things New York as we traveled to and from our destination. Wonderful and entertaining. Thank you for giving us a little part of New York before our cruise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dena, you and your friends were really fun to spend half a day with. I can only wish we'd had a week together. I hope to see some or all of you again to show you more of my hometown!
We had a fantastic tour of NYC. Our guide was very knowledgeable and showed us a nice combination of history and the present.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: HI Brett, I've changed my picture. The one I had up there was pretty old. I'm really sorry I left you feeling like I just blew you off or something. Honestly, I can't even fathom why I would have done that but I'm sorry. You guys were great and I enjoyed showing you around. I hope you can forgive my lapse of judgment!
Great two (1/2) days touring our family through NYC with Matthew! Our family of 4 with two teenagers spent two half days last week in sweltering hot NYC to tour uptown one day & downtown the next & it was great. Matthew kept everyone in our family engaged as we fought through the dog days of summer heat and humidity of NYC and saw a ton of sights and learned some cool stories about the big apple that we would have never known without Matthew's insights. Matthew is a character and recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey James, It was really a great pleasure for me to show you and Jane & Jesse & Jamey around my hometown last week. I can't tell you how gratifying it is when people are curious, interested and engaged in my stories. So I deeply appreciate you and your comments. Cheers, Matthew
Frances BertramBrighton, QLD, Australia
Matthew went above and beyond to show us his city. We had a great day and would recommend him to anyone looking for a fun and informative day.
Gary WrightCaysville, UT, United States
Matt was amazing his knowledge was great and he did a great job!!! I would highly recommend him.
Kathryn LinchUnited States
Our tour with Matthew was amazing!! Our family of 4 was treated to a lesson in history, art, food, and culture. Matthew was engaging, informative, and efficient on our tour. He communicated well prior to the tour, and he customized our tour based on what we wanted to see, yet gave us SO MUCH MORE than what we asked for. I would use him again ANYTIME!! And to top it off, he spent WAY more time with us than we had booked!! We absolutely got our money's worth. I feel as if I now have a friend in NYC!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Kathy, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. You & Jerry & Karney & Kooper were sucha treat to spend the day with, if you didn't have to go to dinner and a show I would have tucked you in! I sure hope to see you guys again. Maybe next time I'm near Houston I'll pay you all a visit!
Lisa BohannonUnited States
Matthew was very knowledgeable of the city & it's history. He navigated the subway perfectly and we could not have gotten around NY like we did without him. We were grateful for the recommendations for broadway shows and information on how to get discount tickets. Although we could have done without his derogatory remarks about our President, we appreciated his time and enjoyed our tour of New York
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lisa, thank you for 4-star rating and your gracious critique. I'm deeply sorry if I offered offense. It was certainly not my intention. I hope you know that and can forgive me. And I hope you guys are well and enjoying the rest of the summer!
Amanda TolbardUnited States
Matthew was great. He customized the tour to the sites we wanted to see, and we had a wonderful day. He was very prepared and friendly. I would recommend Matthew for any NYC tour as he is very knowledgeable and of course loves his city!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Amanda, Thank you for the lovely review. I hope I get to see you guys again!
Garrett ScottUnited States
Matthew was a fantastic tour guide! He brings a wealth of knowledge about early and recent New York history. He did a great job keeping the kids entertained. Also, he went past the scheduled time to make sure we had a good experience at the World Trade Center memorial. Well done, Matthew!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Garret, thank you so much! You and Emily and Griffin and Claire and Hadley were a real treat to take around NYC and show you all the sights. I hope to see you all again!
Tariq SirajAlpharetta, GEORGIA, United 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.
Humberto CalderaUnited States
Excellent tour. WE loved Matthew. One of the best tours we have ever done. I recommend this tour to anyone that goes to NY City. He loves his town. The tour of the 9/11 memorial was amazing. You ride the metro and the bus in this tour. He spent extra time and made 5 hours go really fast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your great review Humberto. You guys were a pleasure to spend the day with and to show around my hometown!
Linda HenriquesUnited States
Matthew was very accommodating, more than willing to visit sites our three 12yr olds were interested in and allowing enough time at each. He patiently explained how to use the subways as we ventured to various sites. Enjoyed our day with him.
William (Dave) HarlanUnited States
Matthew picked us up at the JFK, took us on a very informative tour of NYC and dropped us at LaGuardia Airport where we were catching a flight the next day. Matthew is extremely knowledgeable about the city and its history and my wife and I both learned a lot about all the sites we visited and saw. Only downside was it was a bit pricey for the amount of time we spent touring the city and the traffic was pretty hard to get through. Overall I'm glad we did the tour, but we were ending 3 weeks of Europe.
Evelyn HayesUnited States
Matthew was very knowledgeable and fun. All of us are familiar with NYC and we learned so much more. Loved all of the information on history, architecture and New York life.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Evelyn, I really enjoyed showing you and Ellen & Brady & Carrol & Chris around. You guys are a lot of fun and I'd love to just hang out with y'all!
Mike StrickUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the 5 stars Mike. I'm glad you guys had a good time.
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
Amanda Von KannelUnited 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.