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Mark Phillips

Any truth to this story?
« on: September 17, 2010 »
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  • A friend of mine called me today after recently returning from two weeks in Los Gigantes.

    Whilst there she was told that Thomson are set to pull out of the Los Gigantes Hotel and move their "gold" clients to the Gran Melia.

    Could anybody living out there confirm or deny this please?

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    Re: Any truth to this story?
    « Reply #1 on: September 17, 2010 »
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  • I was told it was going fully inclusive

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    « Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010 »
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  • it wouldnt surprise me, i think thompsons have a big commitment with the melia - its on the adverts.   i wonder how that would work for all parties concerned.......?

    turtle lyn

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  • hope its not true  bars and restautants are finding it hard as its is now  ,places closing down  its not doing losgignates any good

    magsnmike

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    « Reply #4 on: September 18, 2010 »
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  • Who has closed down?

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  • hope its not true  bars and restautants are finding it hard as its is now  ,places closing down  its not doing losgignates any good

    It's full board already, so there is little contribution from it's inmates to local restaurants. I wonder if the hotel's recent protracted virus problems have influenced Thomson's rumoured plans? 

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  • maybe it would be better for los gigs if they did move all the 'all inclusives' to alcala, the hotel would then have to rethink its plans and maybe to offer bed and breakfast, or half board would widen the net of possible holidaymakers for them!   they may return to creating a family hotel which would bring a lot more business into the area.........

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    « Reply #7 on: September 19, 2010 »
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  • The place needs pulling down and the site redeveloped. The place is antiquated and can't compete with the likes of the Costa Gigantes, the new place at Alcala or even the Playa la Arena hotel. People expect more for their money than  the tired old Hotel Los Gigantes has to offer.

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  • The place needs pulling down and the site redeveloped. The place is antiquated and can't compete with the likes of the Costa Gigantes, the new place at Alcala or even the Playa la Arena hotel. People expect more for their money than  the tired old Hotel Los Gigantes has to offer.

    Fraid I have to agree, the hotel is looking very tired, sad and outdated - guess it was the bees knees when it was first built but hardly pleasing to the eye now either inside or out
    I wanted to be the Cincinnati Kid - but couldn't spell it

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  • I agree, it truly is a 'blot on the landscape' of LG and the site could be far better developed.

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  • Half page article in todays Mail on Sunday on the merits of the Sensatori Resort ( formerly the Gran Melia Palacios ) in Guia de Isora Tenerife. Last paragraph refers to fact that holidays can be booked through Thomson.  Also mention of child free zone in the hotel, shades of Thomson Gold. Coincidence or what ?

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    Re: Any truth to this story?
    « Reply #11 on: September 20, 2010 »
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  • The manager of the hotel Los Gigantes contacted us this morning and requested that we inform everyone they are still working with Thomson gold.

    Mark Phillips

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    « Reply #12 on: September 22, 2010 »
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  • Thanks for all the replies.

    I'm still not sure if there is a story here or just a rumour. Dolly says that the manager says they are still working with Thomson but is there something due to happen in the future?

    I spoke with my friend again who gave me this "tale" and she said that she had been in the LG hotel, whilst she was on holiday  and heard the story from certain members of the staff, who she (quite correctly) refused to name.

    So, I suppose that only time will tell (unless anybody knows anyone who works there???).

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    Re: Any truth to this story?
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  • Thomson would be mad to drop it from there gold programme as people have been going there year in year out.

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    Re: Any truth to this story?
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  • I disagree entirely, look at the reputation it earned last winter as the result of the Nova virus, as above the place is old, decrepid and should be pulled down. 

    Thompson do have a deal with the new hotel in Alcala sp presumably will offer both hotels to their guests.  As always, the customer will choose and determine which resort is popular, and the Alcala Palace is modern, airey, and has facilities far and beyond the rabbit hutch in Los Gigantes.

    I think I know which will win ...

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  • The more I think about this idea the more  implausible it becomes.  The Thomson Gold brochure for October 2010 to November 2011 only lists the Los Gigantes Hotel for  Tenerife.

    The Los Gigantes Hotel prior to the  outbreak of the virus (which affected many other hotels on the island) was considered by many to be the best  hotel in the Thomson Gold brochure. The virus has now gone and the hotel  it is back to normal and once again it represents  excellent value for money. It is a half board hotel (and not fully inclusive)  so it is generates income for other businesses in the  area  and should be supported.   

    There are only two Thomson Gold  hotels in the Canaries, the other being in Lanzarote. The ?Gold? brand sounds expensive but isn't really.  A ?Gold? hotel is one which doesn't accept bookings with  children so it excludes  families but it is appealing to older people like me who want a quiet time in an inexpensive hotel.

    For the Gran Melia to go ?Gold? it would move out of  the much bigger and more  lucrative family holiday market   and it would  have to suffer the double whammy  of having to significantly reduce its prices in order to fill the Hotel with price sensitive elderly people who have seen their investment incomes dwindle in recent years.  The Gran Melia is far too good  and far too big to be a Thomson Gold hotel and even too good to be a Thomson Platinum hotel. 

    Up to a year or two ago there was another Gold hotel on the Island  - El Tope  in Puerto de La Cruz. It is a nice hotel and  has  many similarities with the Los Gigantes Hotel in terms of age and construction. It is still a Thomson Hotel but now takes family bookings, so losing its Gold classification may not have adversely affected its profitability.

    Linda is absolutely right about the Los Gigantes Hotel's solid  customer base. Thomson would be mad to drop it as a Gold hotel and what on earth must prospective  customers think when they read idiotic  comments that the hotel should be pulled down. Just as if someone would be prepared to go to the expense of rebuilding it in 2010. Where on earth would the money come from and just think of all the disruption rebuilding would bring.

    The Royal Sun has been  in mothballs for 6 years, the beach is closed and we all have to  listen to  pointless self destructive comments. Do you all have  a  collective death wish for Los Gigantes?

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  • Well said Falstaff !

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    « Reply #17 on: September 23, 2010 »
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  • i agree falstaff!   and, i cannot see the gran palacio becoming totally adult only.  it does though have a section of the hotel which caters for adults only.

    also, people are creatures of habit on the whole. they like what they know and know what they like.

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  • Your comments are as valuable to you as mine are to me - does anyone  believe that the building itself adds anything at all aesthetically to the village? It was never built with sympathetic consideration for the existing ambience of LG. It is reminiscient of the concrete gargoyle standing alone at Son Bue in Minorca, purely a means to earn money for the investors without any consideration for the surroundings.  I don't advocate rebuilding it - just remove the blot from the landscape. There is plenty of empty accommodation in LG and around the area. Perhaps as a nation (ie british) we should have paid more attention to the country in which we were trying to make money before building such a soleless-looking concrete edifice.

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  • Los Gigantes Hotel was built long before the village.  So we really can't complain, just be thankfull it wasn't Marazul hotel built there instead!  I have seen (can't remember where) old photos of Los Gigantes Hotel standing with absolutely nothing around it.  Does anyone have an old photo to post here?

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  • There's an excellent book published to celebrate 500 years of Santaigo Del Teide Municipality. I got a copy of it through the tourist office at Playa de la Arena. and for anyone who knows and loves the area it's  "a must have". It's in Spanish and packed with photo's ( some very old ) of the area. It cost me 10 euros and the helpful staff at the tourist office got it for me in a couple of days. I would thoroughly recommend this book even if you don't have an understanding of Spanish, it's a lovely pictorial history record of the area. Buy it and enjoy. 

    Online ANGIE

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  • But that's my point entirely - there were no concrete edifices prior to this being stuck up in LG and it's not 'at one with nature' - or is it?

    LaCochinillo

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    « Reply #22 on: September 23, 2010 »
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  • "At one with nature?"

    Most of us live in concrete or brick boxes (houses or apartments) not being able to afford the ideal of being "at one with nature"

    The only true 100% eco friendly accomodation in Tenerife are the cave dwellings in the North of the Island as anything else will impact the environment around it.

    However, if the LG hotel had not been built, Los Gigantes would not have been developed at the time it was, depriving many people of what most of us consider a beautiful place, even if it has the odd wart!

    And if we're talking about concrete monstrosities and crimes against nature, then why has the derelict site at the entrance to LG not been demolished, and why were the cliffs at the top of village allowed to be massacred in the way they were?

    LaCochinillo

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  • Havn't got an old picture of hotel, but this is what the square looked like as it was being developed in the 60's.
    The shack is where Highland Paddy is now

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    « Reply #24 on: September 24, 2010 »
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  • Here's a couple of old pictures of LG showing the area before, and just after, the hotel was built.

    P.S.  Seems you need to logged in to view the pictures.  Is this normal?

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  • Found old Laker Wintersun 81-82 brochure (my wife used to work for them), when the Oasis was called "Club Los Gigantes", and featured LG hotel (?200 a week HB incl flight) and Apts Las Adelfas (?140 a week B&B).