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Love the Hotel, Hated the building work
Tenerife: Los Gigantes Hotel (Thomson Gold) In the resort of Los Gigantes.
We have just returned from two weeks at this hotel in Los Gigantes. The hotel has a great location overlooking the sea with a backdrop of mountains to the rear. The hotel has all the facilities you need to have a good holiday, the food and the weather has been fantastic. A couple of points you may be interested in knowing, there is some construction work going on in the hills behind this hotel and during the day the clattering of the machinery is very noisy which sadly affects the rooms at the back of the hotel. Also there are a few bars very close to the hotel and the music does go on till midnight which again affects the rooms at the back of the hotel. The seaview rooms are also affected till midnight by the entertainment in the hotel which is held on the outside terrace during the summer months. Couple of moans we had concerned the attitude of the waiters in the dining room while they are very efficient, they are not very friendly. There is a 14 day entertainment programme which is run by the thomson production team and while they try their best, we would have liked more variety in the caberet shows. Los Gigantes is only a small resort and is very quiet so if you want a lot of variety this is not the place for you. Nevertheless we had a great holiday, relaxing by the pool and there was always a sunbed available whenever you went down the the pool which was a huge plus.
Mr & Mrs K
we had the time of our lives
I would like to say our stay at Los Gigantes hotel was fantastic, the food was out of this world and the dining area spotless, the waiters looked a little tired and stressed sometimes but they do a fantastic job and try to smile at all times, the bar staff are a scream most of the time, I loved the fresh water pool thats at the furthest end (not near the bar) it was very quiet in there as there are no children in this hotel 'bliss'. The is a little beach just down the road - I found it best to go in the morning as its quieter and you get a nice bit of shade from the cliff behind, my best trip while there was to see the Dolphins and whales we opted for the speed boat and it was brilliant (only 5 of us went out on our trip) we went to mount tiede (vocano) but found it frustrating as we didnt have time to wait in a queue for 2 hours to go up to the top in a cable car and then if you did go up you werent allowed near the very top without a special permit which if you are interested has to be obtained prior to your visit I think it takes a few weeks, if you do go and you want to go up in the cable car go early (the reps offer you an early trip, but ithe price doesnt include the cable car lift, which was about 22 euros each) the scenery to us made the trip worth while that day. we had some lovely evenings with plenty of Sangria and lovely new found friends , Anita and Jeff, Diane and Graham and not forgetting Terry (they may be reading this) I would reccomend this as a top class hotel and even though there was building work going on in the distance it was never really that intrusive if I can up load some pics I will put some of our view to the building work and you can see how far away it is. once again loved this holiday we had the time of our lives.
great view, relaxing holiday
Just got back from a week's last minute deal at the Los Gigantes hotel - after reading the reviews here, we were a little worried about the age group of the people coming (imagining us surrounded my grey hair and zimmer frames). Indeed, when we arrived (10pm at night) the lounge we were led through was identical to a nursing home (chairs in lines!) However, although there were middle-older age groups, there were also a few younger couples (I'm 23!) for a relaxing break, and a few families with older children (17+), so we didn't feel out of place at all.
The hotel is great - clean, spacious and the staff are courteous and pleasant. The rooms are massive, clean and ok (modernish) decor - I've seen worse from hotels in the UK! We had a room on the corner of the hotel, so had a massive balcony which was fantastic. The only thing I would say is perhaps the bathrooms need refurbishing but it's clean and fine. The maids are great - very friendly and do a great job.
I was very impressed with the selection of food - they had a choice of at least 8 main courses, plus a massive choice of salads, vegetarian dishes, soups and cold meats etc. There was a hot plate with freshly cooked meat or fish every night. Would have especially suited fish-lovers! Some traditional Canary island dishes and tapas as well, which was nice to see. Not one meal was repeated the whole week we were there. I was worried (being on half board) that the drinks in the hotel would be expensive but it wasn't at all - a bottle of house wine was about 10euros (7pounds!) and you could get cocktails and sandwiches at the pool bar which weren't expensive either.
The pools are fantastic as well - I usually prefer the beach but found the beach here crowded, small and noisy with no sun loungers (I think you could hire some but it wasn't obvious from where or who). The pools were very very clean (no bugs or anything horrible floating in them). Sunloungers were always available no matter what time in the day you went down to the pool and the bar staff bring you champagne in the morning (which you have to pay for but its only 2 euros for a glass!) The fresh water pool was quieter and more peaceful than the salt water pool. The gardens were well tended as well- they have a gardener working every day! And you can hire towels from the hotel for a 5 euro deposit which was useful.
The resort itself is very quiet and seems quite new. All the bars are "english" , which was a little disappointing but there were no discos/clubs or anything - which suited us. Didn't see any of the hotel entertainment (which seemed a little cringe-worthy). There was a bar next to the hotel which also had entertainment (always packed) which we could hear from our room but was usually finished by 12. The hotel was within walking distance of everything but the resort was quite small - ended up going to the same places night after night.
Just a warning for those travelling now - there is some construction going on further up the hill which means drilling noises echoed through the whole valley the whole week. However, it didn't spoil the holiday for us!
Don't think I'd spend more than a week there (the resort is a little small) although the hotel was fantastic. All in all a great holiday - if you want something relaxing, this is the place for you!!
PS. The views were fantastic!!!!!!
loved the location
We have just returned from 2 weeks in Hotel Gigantes in Tenerife and loved the location, service in the hotel was good, reception staff very helpful, rooms very clean, spacious, we did have a superior room although I do not think there is alot of difference all rooms have fridges etc we did have tea/coffee making facilities but you could always take your own. Our room did not have a sea view which at first I thought would be disappointing but this ended up being better, we had a corner balcony, would recommended you request this, we were overlooking the resort, marina, the fresh water pool of the hotel, other swimming pools, the fab cliffs and the sea, then with being on a corner you could bring you chair around and watch the sun set over La Gorma island, also being facing the resort you did not get the direct afternoon sun, keeping room cooler, did hear some say evan with the air con the rooms directly facing sea got so hot and it was hot enough without that, our room was 311 so I would request that room again, or 411 or 511 etc. Food good, good choice always something you like, worth going into a'la carte restuarant, you have to book at reception but inc in price is 1 night a week in here, waiter served and no choice but if there is something you do not like if you speak to head waiter they will change it for you and it felt really special in there not as hectic as the main eating area, you did need to wait a little for a table if you went a busy times ie 8 - 8.30 for evening meal, but never long the head waiter got you a table within 5 mins. We prefered the sea water pool, plenty of sun beds although if you want certain areas a small amount did go down just before the doors opened (from the quiet lounge) at 8 am to put your towels on beds. You pay 5 euro deposit and you get 2 thomson gold towels, each day you hand into reception and get 2 fresh ones, odd days no fresh ones until the next morning but ready at 7 am if required, only problem with the towels were they were not that large so you really still need to take your own as they did not cover the whole sunbed, and in the heat of the day these beds would get really hot. Did not stay in the hotel alot at evenings as liked to have a wander around resort, but the entertainment we did see was good, prefer sitting outside, as some evenings it was on it the lounge (the one you walk thru to get to dining room) I did not like this room it looked a bit old peoples home kind of room. We loved the resort, just outside the hotel is a good music bar called TJ's some good entertainment on most nights, and just behing this in Domingo's also good, couple of others with entertainment also, in the square where the chuch is is a nice quiet bar Luis nice to sit after your meal with a baileys etc, we also like the yacht
club, just up the street from hotel, turn right then it is on your right, again nice to sit out sometimes entertainment on, also some nice bars down around marina, the resort have more going on then I expected, although all entertainment finishes at midnight. We did not eat out apart from some lunches which were nice but everyone we spoke to did state that there are some very good eating places in resort, did have lunch one day around pool but was not very impressed with the lunch. Did find a small shop Simple Simons, just up the street from the hotel on the left h and corner, sold freshly made sandwiches would often buy these less than 2 euro's and eat on balcony, staff in shop not very friendly but sandwiches ok anyway. Some nice walks along to next resort, although much prefered Los Gigantes resort, had a nice trip out to see Whales, we used the bright yellow speed boats, available from the marina, 25 euro each, but money back if you do not see the whales, trip 1.30 - 2 hours and yes we did see them. Some good shops also in resort, would go back it was worth every penny not to have children around the pool, some day time activities around the pool but not to many to disturb the peace and quiet. The hotel small shop just outside is good sells bits of everything, newspapers water etc. A good hotel and loved the resort, would go back but would like to self cater next time as would like to try some of the other places but can we have another pool without children?
very good not for young people though
well what can i say it was a very clean gorgeous hotel the staff were more than willing to help couldnet get over how big the hotel was as ir did not loo very big on the out side
the bedrooms were a;ways very clean and tidey. there was just one problem i would not advise anybody under the age of 40 to go beacause there is nothing to do if you are that age or younger
me and my gran decided to book the hotel because it was children free and wanted at quiet hotel but as im only 18 it was definatly nothing in my way of anything to do there was entertainment on a night but it was all based at the older group in the hotel but as from that both me and my gran had a fantastic holiday and shall be going back but i shall be hiring a car so i can go to playa da las americas on a night just for a little bit of night life !
This is the second time we have stayed at this hotel and we loved it. The location is superb - right in the heart of Los Gigantes which is a quaint, quiet resort with stunning views. The hotel is immaculate - a little jaded in parts but this may be being put right as we noticed some updating going on whilst we were there. The staff are all polite and really make you feel welcome.
The only criticism is the food. There is a great range to suit all tastes and it is presented beautifully but catering for such a lot of people, buffet style, meant that the food deteriorated whilst being kept hot. In fact it was luke warm. However, you do get one night's free waiter service from a set menu and you can pay for waiter service on other nights if you wish. (The waiter service menu is different from the buffet.) I must add though, that other people seemed happy with the food , so maybe it is just a question of personal taste.
As we got such a good bargain when we booked this holiday, we decided to eat out 4 nights out of 7. I recommend Mistinguetts which is just tucked away behind the Green Corner bar. Sinatras in the square was very good too (except for the desserts)
This resort and hotel is best suited to couples - there is not a lot for young children or teenagers in Los Gigantes but there are plenty of bars, shops etc.
So bad we left
We booked this hotel because it was a Thomson Gold, adults only, and the brochure pictures were sensational.
First impressions of the hotel - it was very old and worn, desparately in need of redecoration. We had requested a sea view but when we were shown to our room it was at the back of the hotel over a kareoke bar. The beds were old and hard, bedlinen grubby. The curtains wouldn't close properly. The bathroom was dark and dirty. The view from the back is dreadful, rather like being in the middle of an old town, which in fairness, I suppose it was.
We requested a different room but were told that the hotel was full and could not move us. The windows of the hotel were dirty, the bannisters sticky. Two out of three of the lifts didn't work. The bar was arranged like an airport longe, with all the chairs arranged in lines facing one another. Peak entertainment was a harpist on a Saturday night and line dancing by the pool.
Food was OK but nothing up to Riu or Occidental standard. The restaurant, after seeing the brochure pictures, was disappointing. The pool area was also dated and overlooked the local police station.
We stayed for three nights and complained to the reps on a number of occasions but nothing was done. On our third night we ordered a drink in the bar and whilst the young barman was preparing it, a fly landed in the drink. He fished it out with his finger then handed us the drink. At that point, we decided that enough was enough and spent our next day finding an alternative place to stay at our own expense.
We are both in our forties and have had our families so we don't want raging night life, but there was nothing that we could enjoy in the hotel - the entertainment consisted of a magic show and quiz by the reps and a harpist, and Los Gigantes itself has very little to recommend it. We love to walk yet after two days we had done it all. No where to stroll after dinner, no bars except English/Irish/Kareoke.
We would not recomend this hotel or this resport to anyone. It is by far the worst few days away we have ever had.
Don't go there if you are under 70!
We spent a week at the hotel in early Feb - we are in are mid 50's and the hotel and entertainment are geared up to our parents generation! The people staying there fall into 2 categories - those who come time and time again and those who will never ever go back - we fall into the latter.
Hotel itself was OK but like being in an old folks home!
If you do not have a sea view room you have to put up with dreaful loud muzak until midnight from the adjoining bar.
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