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Offline gladys

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« Reply #30 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • The Barcelo is the only place that I know where you can dance on a regular basis. Not modern disco stuff though.

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    « Reply #31 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • Thanks Gladys - if we are in the area then we will pop in and give it a go.  Let's hope when all the younger guests start to visit the Los Gigantes Hotel then maybe somewhere nearer will open.  We all love to boogie in Tenerife on holiday. xxx

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    « Reply #32 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 !!
    I agree it will bring more business to the village with younger people

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    « Reply #33 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.

    I agree

    mpt

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    « Reply #34 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • i,m sorry,but i don,t believe that younger couples will come to LG,s.I have been coming to LG,s for  16 years & the older people that return year after year because of the peace & quite.Younger couples want somewhere to go & be entertained.LG,s is not going to change that much.I personally think Thomsons or Still hotels have made a mistake in changing to a couples hotel.ok refurbing hotel(it was needed)but they,& for that matter the villagers themselves should not forget that the" older guests"have kept the village going since the hotel was built.what sould be done is get the Rising Sun complex up & running.as self caterers they filled the cafes ,bars & restaurants.this brings us to the letting row going on elsewhere on this site. i know the oler guests probably didn,t spend much in the village but is was constant.whats going to happen now is unknown & a big gamble

    magsnmike

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    « Reply #35 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • We love the area and have been visiting off and on for nearly 20 years.  Green Corner used to be livelier when we first started coming out and the old Highland Paddy where Harp is used to have some dancing with Gary as dj and the little club that you went downstairs to was a good night.  You could have some fun without it being in your face and tacky like other resorts, which I think it why it appealed to us.

    We have been out with younger members of the family aged from 18 - 30 in recent years and they really do not like it.  They have said there is nothing for them to do in the evening.  HP is ok but they got fed up with that every night. 

    I do agree that something needs to happen to get younger people in but I think 30 somethings nowadays sophisticated travellers and want more than LG/PS has to offer.


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    « Reply #36 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • LG does seem to be in a time warp, when we visit for some of the winter, the same faces are both sides of the bars and restaurants. We joke that we are in the village from the sixties series the 'prisoner', there being one road in and one out, and elderly trapped as they are unable to make the hill and get away. But there is something, that keeps us coming back, and even to try to sell (some hope!) and buy something bigger, for future winter retirement. And every year we notice that visitors do seem to be younger, by about a year each time.

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    « Reply #37 on: August 20, 2012 »
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  • Marketing Los Gigantes as a young peoples resort is rather  like marketing it as a skiing  resort with no snow.  When the hotel fails to attract younger people because of the lack of late night facilities in what is now a de facto residential  area,  the next phase in the development of the hotel  will be  all inclusive  facilities with appropriate in house evening  entertainment.  How will that benefit local bars?  What is good for the hotel ain’t necessarily good for the local economy.

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    « Reply #38 on: August 21, 2012 »
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  • not sure about thitys but maybe mid forty fifties lg is a place to chill and many people of that age have passed night clubs and want good food and drink and people watching.

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    « Reply #39 on: August 21, 2012 »
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  • Los Gigantes and Puerto Santiago are what YOU make of it. There is Tennis Bowls Swimming a super sports centre and some good walks.The trouble today is that many people cannot do things for themselves entertainment is an i.phone or a tablet. Wake up and smell the coffee.

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    « Reply #40 on: August 21, 2012 »
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  • The Plaza restaurant in Puerto Santiago have dancing every Thursday night to a keyboard player (at least they did up to me coming home in March ) it is not exactly disco but you can have a jig around, its also nice as it is outside and attended by all different nationalities.

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  • plaza is great with dancing lovely atmosphere


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    « Reply #42 on: August 21, 2012 »
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  • not sure about thitys but maybe mid forty fifties lg is a place to chill and many people of that age have passed night clubs and want good food and drink and people watching.

    I think it would be great for LG to be visited by new younger people, and possibly with their children. There are loads of activities locally that would be of interest to them. And for the existing older others who prefer to people watch, hey! you have even more to criticise/gossip about.

    FredLee

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    « Reply #43 on: August 21, 2012 »
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  • There are a couple of favourable reviews just in on Trip Advisor.  Seems like the guests there were a mixture of ages and from the sound of it these guests enjoyed themselves.   As usual the staff have impressed them - we can't wait to go to see it all when it's our turn !  Roll On October !!

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    « Reply #44 on: August 21, 2012 »
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  •   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

    I believe a revamp of the LG Hotel was long overdue - its all very well saying that guests returned year after year to "their" hotel, but using that template there will come a time when those returning guests will become of an age when they will be unable to travel abroad, manage the local terrain, or perish the though "pop their clogs".

    You need to move with the times, the younger guests will, given time become the next generation of older repeat guests - a more cosmopolitan mix of holiday makers I believe will be welcome both to the hotel and to the village.

    Visitors from other countries must currently see Los Gigantes as an extention of Britain - I would feel a little uncomfortable if I visited a small holiday resort abroard  that had been taken over by virtually one nationality from another country

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    « Reply #45 on: August 21, 2012 »
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  •  last time they found the clientle too old, after dinner everyone shuffled off to bed,

    I hope you don't mean what I think you mean !!
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    t l c

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    « Reply #46 on: August 21, 2012 »
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  • ooooo I will have to ask them what happened when they all shuffled off !!!!!!!

    back to an earlier post (FredLee) asking about dancing, yes the Plaza in Puerto Santiago, also Route 66, Barcelo Hotel, Melia Hotel in Alcala. Also Azafran (formerly The San Francisco Beach Club) are starting to have Sat afternoon entertainment, the Drifters, etc etc from 5 'o' clock, it's a GREAT atmosphere and everyone gets up and boogies & has a real good laugh, the ages are mixed, from young to old. All welcome, when you are here on hols just ask locally and someone will know the dates.

    FredLee

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    « Reply #47 on: August 21, 2012 »
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  • Thanks to all the replies re the dancing!  Yes we will certainly give those places a go.  Whenever we've stayed at the Los Gigantes Hotel I used to hear the various groups playing at the Green Corner and it sounded absolutely fantastic (I had a little bop and boogie on the balcony as we have a village view and could hear the music !) - I read that the venue had moved so will have to get out to the new Azafran place.  Thanks again to all.......I am soooooo.....looking forward to my next visit in late October....(in case you hadn't guessed!!  We love it there xxx)

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    « Reply #48 on: August 21, 2012 »
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  • well I have read all of your comments and it saddens me that you wants the youngesters in. Us oldies (63yrs) have loved our time at Lg's. The manager is well pasted his sell by date and he is the reason it has gone downhill. I am returning again in 3 weeks time I am sure I will continue to love it there,but if Lg looses it tranquility I will not return. Our group come every year 45 - 86yrs we liven the hotel up(I expect thats why the manager always takes his hols then). We spend loads of money in the village. You will eat your words when it goes all inclusive. So please be please we are coming. If you want rowdy youngsters on your streets after 1am Enjoy !!!. Ungentle George

    t l c

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    « Reply #49 on: August 22, 2012 »
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  • Why are people so tetchy about the 'oldies' thing, when I say a younger crowd, I mean 30's - 40's (not 18-30's) LG will NEVER EVER be a 'disco' town, it just hasn't got the appeal or facilities, I think the majority of people mean 'younger with families' who do enjoy the safety and tranquility of the resort. You cannot blame the demise of the hotel on the Manager, the tour operators are in control as they have the money. As stated many time on this thread the 'village' needs a fresh 'batch' of tourists whether they be English, Russian, French etc etc etc.  Also I came here as a teenager (too many years ago !!!) and we always found things to do and places to go and if we fancied it we hopped on a bus for a night out in Las Am & got a taxi back. Best of both worlds. Iv'e met many teenagers who actually like the chill out factor of the resort, in fact just recently I met a young crowd & the were going off to Ibiza after they had chilled here (mind you it should have been the other way around)

    t l c

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    « Reply #50 on: August 22, 2012 »
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  • On another note I have heard the hotel will not be All Inc, drinks have to be paid for. Prior to refurb it was practically all inc anyway, (breakfast & eveing meal) so people always stocked up on brekky and prob didn't have lunch anyway. I can't see the addition of lunch making a difference & I imagine drinks prices will be the same as before, so people will still use the village.

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    « Reply #51 on: August 22, 2012 »
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  • The image that has been portrayed of the hotel's older clientèle staying in the hotel at night, not using local bars implies that the hotel was benefiting through  those same older people spending money in the hotel bar. The new target audience is much younger and there are many comments here about how the village will benefit when those younger people go out at night spending money in local bars.  If both these assumptions are correct, do you really think that the hotel management having spent a fortune on a new chic bar will be happy to see their customers leaving the hotel at night to spend  money in local bars and not react by offering all inclusive. It would be poor management -  a missed opportunity to make money by offering an all inclusive option ? 

    All inclusive is a natural and probable consequence of  the management's  new business philosophy.  It fits comfortably into the new business model  as it does elsewhere with similar hotels.  Why would they not offer all inclusive? 

    mpt

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    « Reply #52 on: August 22, 2012 »
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  • after reading all the comments it is becoming clearer that the vilage will not benifit much more from the hotel clientel than it did before.the village will only benifit if young families are attracted to the village.this i,m afraid brings us back to the letting problem.many young families prefer s/c & this is the only way i can see Los Gigs thriving

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    « Reply #53 on: August 22, 2012 »
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  • Losgiganteskid, for a long time visitors have viewed Los Gigantes as an extension of Britain.

    The beauty of Los Gigantes is it's a great base for a break in the sun. Lovely beaches at Los Gigantes, Playa de la Arena, San Juan and Abama. Good bus connections to Puerto de la Cruz, Playa las Americas etc ( even Santa Cruz ) with the Bono ticket. Wonderful walking in the Santiago del Teide area, wonderful boat trips to see whales and dolphins. Lots of great local fiestas and the annual carnaval. Wide choice of great restaurants that meet a range of different tastes and needs, and entertainment if you want it, or just sit and watch the sun set over La Gomera. Looking forward to getting back in the new year for my 3 months.

    t l c

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    « Reply #54 on: August 22, 2012 »
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  • .........and what about those of us who will now VISIT the hotel for a g&t and sit in the wonderful cocktail bar with great views (once it's up & running). Not all people who stay in hotels stay glued inside, they DO go out for evening drinks and 'stroll' about. All of you that live here will you be popping in & spending your money!! I know I will and will be happy to, I didn't go in before (occasionally during the day by the pool bar) as it was like a rest home (and I don't mean the people, the surroundings & furnishings), we tend to go and drink in the Barcelo bar, now we have 2 hotels, GREAT !!

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    « Reply #55 on: August 22, 2012 »
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  • Great words said by all. The village will not suffer. The entertainment in the hotel had been dire over the past 4-5 yrs so yes we did go out every evening to local bars. Bar service at the hotel was also a problem as were the prices. Los Gigs will be fine as I cannot see refurbishment making any different for us popping out in the evening to sit in the square(which is so relaxing). Harbour lights had some decent entertainment thoughout the week, hopefully that has not changed. Paddys, Domingoes and TJ'S good as well. . Coming in 3 weeks cannot wait. Would be nice to put faces to some of you. Do you meet up anywhere.

    FredLee

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    « Reply #56 on: August 22, 2012 »
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  • Hi TLC - thanks for being our eyes and ears whilst we're here counting down the days till we're back in paradise !   One question please....how was/is the service in getting served with a drink?   When we went earlier this year we used to find getting served a bit of nightmare - the bar staff would all stand at the end of the bar talking but would sometimes all disappear into the room at the back of bar (it was like a stock room but we did think that maybe they were on their break) - but a lot of us used to complain it took ages to get served.  We used to wave and try and call them over but all we got was a smile and cheery wave before they all legged it into the stock room !
    Any improvements on that score?? 

    t l c

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    « Reply #57 on: August 23, 2012 »
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  • Note to Fred:   So far have only been in during the day and service has been fine, we are going in this weekend, in the past we never had any problem with service, mind you we havne't been in the evening for ages, I didn't know there was an issue. Maybe your 'wave' wasn't big enough, maybe make a banner for when you come over.

    Note to gentlegeorge: I'm always wandering about the village and areas, with my trusty chocolate lab, (the only one in the area that I've seen) so if you see me say 'hello', I actually don't know if any of us meet up anywhere as we don't know each others 'log on' names, we probably pass each other & say hello but don't know who is actually posting the comments. Did that make sense??

    turtle lyn

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    « Reply #58 on: August 23, 2012 »
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  • should be all right now as its a round bar  and no where to hide lol its now where you use to read or play cards

    magsnmike

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    « Reply #59 on: August 23, 2012 »
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  • Made sense tlc.  I know who you are.  will see you in December ;)