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t l c

LOS GIGANTES HOTEL
« on: July 28, 2012 »
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  • Well 1st Aug is fast approaching and judging by the work still in progess I can't see the hotel being open by then, I bet it's got at least another 4 - 6 weeks to go, they have taken bookings for Aug so I wonder where those people will end up, not very good if you had chosen the area & hotel for the 1st time, but I may be wrong......................lets see if we have the grand opening on Wed !!

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    Re: LOS GIGANTES HOTEL
    « Reply #1 on: July 29, 2012 »
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  • Furniture is being delivered.  A large articulated lorry had the village in gridlock yesterday as it had to reverse down the one way system to get into the hotel.  They are very busy there.

    cityangel

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    « Reply #2 on: July 30, 2012 »
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  • Could you keep us informed of their progress if its no trouble to you, we are due to stay there in Sept but assume it will be ready by then.

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    « Reply #3 on: July 30, 2012 »
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  • I will be taking photos when it opens again

    cityangel

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    « Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012 »
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  • Thanks Dolly  :)

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    « Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012 »
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  • Did the hotel open?

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    « Reply #6 on: August 03, 2012 »
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  • Hi All

    Its not due to open until next Friday according to the Thomson info. So lets hope!

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    « Reply #7 on: August 05, 2012 »
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  • Sunday morning - dozens of workers - all actually working hard.  They are getting there

    cityangel

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    « Reply #8 on: August 07, 2012 »
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  • Thanks Dolly for the updates

    So what happened to the guests who were booked in from the 1st August ?

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    « Reply #9 on: August 07, 2012 »
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  • Probably the Melia Palace in Alcala where they're sending the Thomson Gold people.

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    Re: LOS GIGANTES HOTEL
    « Reply #10 on: August 07, 2012 »
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  • A taxi driver told me today that it will be opening again on the 11th (August) BUT I somehow don't see that happening.

    t l c

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    « Reply #11 on: August 08, 2012 »
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  • It's opening on Friday - had a sneaky peak  in last night and it looks lovely, so modern & fresh, can't wait to get in for a proper 'nosey'

    cityangel

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    « Reply #12 on: August 11, 2012 »
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  • So did it open and has anyone got any pictures of the inside?

    Petespan

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    « Reply #13 on: August 11, 2012 »
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  • Seems are there people around the quiet pool, not  too many but August is usually pretty quiet. Information sent from someone living there, near to the hotel.

    t l c

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    « Reply #14 on: August 12, 2012 »
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  • I've been into the hotel today (occupancy at the mo 167 but rising by end of Aug) It's really lovely, white, modern, fresh & airy. Lots of new lounge areas, new reception area, new bar - infact everything is NEW. The pool area is beatuiful, all glass fronted so giving the illusion of sun bathing at sea. The rooms are equally as beautiful (bathrooms have not been re-furbed) again all keeping with the white minimal feel. There is still lots to do, in the way of soft furnishings, plants etc etc, cocktail bar still to sort out etc etc. There is a lot of glass so any OAP's going in now will probably walk straight into it (ha ha end of the OAP's - that was a joke, before anyone starts ranting) The layout, furniture will not be to everyones taste but I loved the modern feel and cannot wait until the bar opens on the 2nd floor as the view are stunning outside on the terrace. Also a new A La Carte menu. Once it's up and running to the max it will only be good news for the surrounding businesses.

    cityangel

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    « Reply #15 on: August 12, 2012 »
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  • Thanks for all that info  t l c we are booked in for mid sept so hopefully it will be finished by then.

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    « Reply #16 on: August 14, 2012 »
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  • They have done a superb job of the hotel.  The interior is beautiful.  The exterior well...... it is still a blot on the landscape, but we have to live with it.  The new balcony screens and paintwork have improved it.

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    « Reply #17 on: August 14, 2012 »
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  • Dolly

    Looks good from your pics. We are out in sept for 10days so look fwd to seeing it first hand!!

    FredLee

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    « Reply #18 on: August 16, 2012 »
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  • Thanks Dolly and others who have kept us informed re the changes.
    It looks so different and we can't wait till we return to see it in late October.

    cityangel

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    « Reply #19 on: August 16, 2012 »
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  • Yes thanks everyone for the updates am looking forward to our visit now in Sept

    Dsb2126

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    « Reply #20 on: August 19, 2012 »
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  • Thanks Dolly for your photos.  We are coming out on 13 November. I looked at the Stil site and they have finally posted some photos.  Looks fantastic, hard to believe they could do so much in 3 months.  I'll bring my camera this time. Everything looks very good I just hope TJs bar and Tipsy Terrace are still there to produce the perfect holiday,

    cityangel

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    « Reply #21 on: August 19, 2012 »
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  • Lovely pictures Dsb2126 thanks, we hope tj's is still there too, loved sitting there in the evenings listening to the music and people watching lol.

    Looks so much more modern now maybe it will bring the average age of the guests down a tad now, last time we went we must have been the youngest and we are in our fifties.

    Cant wait to get there now only a few weeks to go.

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    « Reply #22 on: August 19, 2012 »
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  • Thanks everyone from Los Gigantes for keeping us updated. I have been going to the hotel for 15yrs, and call it my second home. Returning in September . Los Gigantes  Village is something special and the local are so friendly.

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    « Reply #23 on: August 19, 2012 »
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  • Anyone now if the Los Gigantes hotel is still doing the paella and a glass of sangria for 4.50 euros on Monday lunchtimes.

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    « Reply #24 on: August 19, 2012 »
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  • Thanks to everyone for the photos, everywhere looks so white and clean can't wait to come out. :) 8)

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    « Reply #25 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • The modifications to the hotel are quite nice giving it a modern look about it. However, one of the attractions of the hotel in the past has been that it offers a good standard of accommodation  at a very  reasonable price and for this reason the owners have  (I believe) never had much trouble in filling it. Its clientčle in the past has been  older people who have returned faithfully every year, or more frequently.

    The purpose of the improvements is to make the hotel more “classy” and enable the hotel to charge guests more for their stay and so make more profit- nothing wrong with that at all, but  personally, I don't do classy- I do “comfortable” and I wonder whether the other elderly returners who were satisfied with the accommodation prior to the improvements are happy about paying substantially more for cosmetic changes which in my opinion don't add a lot of value for me to my holiday experience at the hotel.

    As I understand it, the owners are marketing the hotel at a different audience – “couples” rather than older people,  however, the new socio-economic  target audience is more discerning and less  inclined to  return out of habit.  Looking at the new price regime, a stay in the hotel is now more expensive than its competitors locally - the Barcelo Santiago is significantly lower on the dates I'm interested in so I will probably  go there instead next time out.

    I don't think I'm unusual in my liking of holidays at other resorts and on the other islands- Lanzarote and Gran Canaria in particular. So, whenever  I look at the cost of  a stay at the Los Gigantes Hotel I always compare it with the cost of staying elsewhere.  The new price regime for the hotel means that I am now comparing it with the cost of staying at  a much better quality hotel elsewhere – five star platinum,  and “elsewhere”  has  five swimming pools, a fantastic  beach  for me to walk miles along every day and lots of shops for Mrs Falstaff - and no steep hills.

    I believe that new price regime for the Los Gigantes  Hotel  will have to be revisited  if the hotel is to be revisited by me.

    FredLee

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    « Reply #26 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • I totally agree with the points that Falstaff has raised.   We have stayed in this hotel on numerous occasions and know quite a lot of the regular repeat guests - although we are not in their age group.  A lot of them were unhappy about ''their'' hotel being changed especially when told it was for a younger crowd.   The repeat guest for any hotel is worth it's weight in gold - it shows that the hotel must be getting something right if certain people return year after year (the majority of them make two visits just before Christmas and then come back in the New Year through to early February.)   We will be there this year and as we know a lot of these people it will interesting to know what their feelings are on this modern hotel and whether they will be returning ''home to the Los Gigantes'' in the future years to come.    Some of them may have a little moan when there is something not to their liking but on the whole the older crowd have been quiet and untroublesome.   One thing is they like to eat early in the evenings (making this possible for the restaurant staff to leave at 10pm), they don't stagger into the restaurant late and drunk and are polite to both the restaurant and bar staff.   The hotel manager refers his guests as ''part of the Los Gigantes family.''   I hope all of this tranquil atmosphere continues ! As one of the older ones said to me ''if it ain't broke dear - don't fix it!''

    t l c

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    « Reply #27 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • The hotel NEEDED to be re-furbed (whether u like the re-furb or not) and it has now also be opened up to other nationalities, it's the village that (hopefully) will benefit from this new 'modern' hotel and the surrounding areas. I live here and my parents have been visiting this hotel since 1976 (on & off mind you not year in year out) and they cannot wait to see it all modern when they come here at xmas, it's so refreshing, they are young 70s (just) & when they were here last time they found the clientle too old, after dinner everyone shuffled off to bed, just because it's being advertised as a 'couples' hotel, it doesn't say what AGE you have to be !! Personally I WELCOME a younger crowd, let the village live again !!

    FredLee

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    « Reply #28 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • Yes TLC I agree how many of the hotel residents do shuffle off to bed after dinner - the entertainment in the hotel wasn't all that at times - think it bored too many people and sent them off to bed (LOL).   One thing you can advise me on - as you live there -  where can someone go to dance in the village of Los Gigantes - is there somewhere we can all dance the night away if we wanted to?   I'm not looking for a disco or to go clubbing but when I'm in the village apart from the bars where people sit and have a drink is there anywhere in the village where people get up and have a dance?   (not ballroom dancing) 
    Cheers !

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    « Reply #29 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • Totally agree t l c the village definitely need an influx of younger blood. Possibly thirty somethings and maybe the hotel will encourage them.