Hotel Los Gigantes
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The Food was Cool, the Air-Con wasn't.
Read all the reviews before I went to the Los Gigantes Resort and agree with most of them. It is a very hilly location, so not for the less mobile. It was extremely hot when we were there, 29-32 degrees c., which for me was a little overpowering. So conscequentley when the Hotel Controls the Air Conditioning as they see fit it did nothing for my ability to relax or sleep. It seemed as if it came on at about 14.00hrs until around 02.00hrs., but as it was so Hot so early in the day the room was not pleasant for me until after 14.00hrs. & I would wake up roasting in the middle of the night. Not what I would expect for a Thomson Gold Hotel (4*). Also the Entertainment was pretty repetitive (Black Jack) & Thomson Reps. I askedfor a high floor & a Quiet room, I got 5th. Floor of 8, but was extremely noisey until Midnight. Foregoing these two problems the Food was first Class as were the Staff. The Hotel is fairly old but is in good condition, although we found the Saltwater Pool extremely salty.
Our first visit to the hotel but we shall return. A superb hotel, great staff, lovely food great value.
Get los(t) gigantes, never return
los gigantes eh? one way in and one way out,yes
a 1 in 6 incline up and down. about 7 bars, most run by rip off english folk.a small beach,(black)
if you go out of this hole you'll have to get a taxi or a bus.you either struggle up the hill or slide down there is NO FLAT WALKING AREAS its true.
any one who's been back to this dump has not been anywhere else, it takes you about 1.5 hours
to realize what a cock up you've made, you will know every inch of it and get the next plane home.
sorry but you have been warned. my promise, offer me £2000-00 and i will give it to children in need to go to BLACKPOOL.
Good but avoid fiesta time
Excellent Hotel. Good staff. Good food. BUT avoid this hotel fiesta time. Feb/Mar. We had a good holiday ruined by excessive noise until 5am. This happens every year, the hotel keeps a stock of ear plugs. Some guests took blankets into the lounge at the back of the hotel to get some sleep. The noise was horrendous.
We have just returned from the Los Gigantes Hotel and found it to be a friendly, clean and tidy hotel. All credit to Senor Dela Rosa the Manager and his staff.
The rooms are well maintained.
I found it cheaper to make a telephone call to the UK from your room than to go outside to a call box.
Each call, although brief, cost me less than 1 euro (67 Pence)
The meals have a great deal of variety. What must be remembered is that veg is produced differently in the Canaries, so don't expect totally English cooking. The Canarian Stew is a must as are the fish dishes. The sweets are mainly for the UK taste.ie, Crumbles, Bread & Butter pudding, Fruit, Ice Cream etc,
Bar / table service excellent and faultless but a little expensive. Use a 50 cent tip as your baseline for table service as tipping can be quiet prolific.
This is one of the downsides. Quiet a few guests remarked on the number of times that the Reps appeared and produced a low grade show during a two week period.
Some of the UK imports are a reminder of the days of ENSA. (Every Night Something Awful). Local acts appear to be more professional in their presentation.
Each evening, excepting Saturday there is dancing to a very good duo. (Blackjack)
Twice a week there is instrumental entertaiment in the Canarian Hall, which is very good.
Good entertainment outside the hotel at a small bar called TJs.
Another source of entertainment is watching the orderly file of guests heading for their favourite spot by the pool early in the morning (8 o-clock). All very good humoured and full of banter.
It is likely that we shall return at some future date,
Towels on Sunbeds!
I have visited Hotel Los Gigantes many times and have always enjoyed my holidays there. I had never previously stayed in February until last year and was horrified to see that people (mostly quite elderly) were actually queuing at the doors very early in the mornings to put their towels on their sunbeds - and these were Brits!! There are plenty of sunbeds so there is no need but the most annoying part of this practice is that people who bag beds in the morning don't bother taking occupancy until later on in the day. This is clearly unacceptable and the management needs to put a stop to it.
Otherwise the hotel is faultless - staff, food, entertainment etc.
Lovely hotel and pool areas but extremely disappointed in restaurant.
Dinner menus were very repetitive. Very "cliquey" as obviously some people returned year after year - can't understand why! Definitely not a good value for money holiday as it was by no means cheap. Would say an "older person's" hotel. Entertainment pretty average but more for older people. Better entertainment in bars around the hotel. Food good at marina restaurants nearby.
Great Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes Hotel was excellent. A touch of class. Fantastic views.
Friendly staff. Good variety of food (although buffet is a bit of a free for all until you get used to the system, after which no problem).
Great position in resort (which is very hilly) - not far from the harbour. Relaxing. Entertainment daily but not "in your face" - very discreet. Quiet lounge. A bit of character even though it is a tower block. Got a late booking with Portland Direct (part of Thomsons) for this Thomson Gold hotel aimed mainly at couples/adults only. Couldn't have been much luckier.
Los Gigantes, El Sombrero Apartments
I visited Tenerife in 2002 and stayed with a friend.Returning in July 2003 with my boyfriend we booked a last minute deal and my friend said these apartments were nice.He was right - so much so that we've just booked to go back in October 2003 taking our eldest daughter.Beautifully clean and with good facilities these apartments are ideally situated for all the local amenities.Book yourself in!
A great place to stay, The Hotel Los Gigantes was beautiful, great staff, and food.The rooms have pleanty of room and were very comfortable. It was nice not having anyone under 16 allowed in the hotel, it made for a very restful week. The views were unbelievable. I recommend taking the tour of La Gomera Island.On the way there, by ferry, we saw some wales and dolphins. Outstanding views, and the view of Mt Teidi from there is breathtaking. I also recommend the travel by 4x4 instead of by coach. You'll see more. Take time to go to Los Americas and Adeje. The area of Los Gigantes is very clean and tidy. If you are taking a honeymoon or just some relaxing time off, this is the place..
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