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Offline Eddie

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This may seem like an odd thing to ask but what has changed in the last 2 years, particularly in the Playa Arena area? Last time we were there, Los gig beach was still closed, various works were going on around the town etc.. Any new restaurants or English style cafes, preferably ones that are able to have children with appropriate menu and high chairs etc? Will be returning this time with my wife and 2 1/2 year old son so will be looking for some things locally to do with him - any suggestions? Will be arriving on 5th November for 10 days. Thanks!

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Good morning.

I visit LG twice a year with my wife usually in the Winter months and these are some of the changes I have noticed over the last 2 years if it helps:

The Restaurant by the beach was closed in both January and March and I am not sure if it has reopened

One of the larger restaurants on the marina seems to have closed down but a new fish restaurant has opened at the end of the marina (sorry cannot remember their names).

There is a new shop (which my wife loves) on the marina where you put your feet in water and small fishes manicure your feet.

The apartments Pablado main reception on the marina has been re decorated and they now have a pole dancing gym open.

The set menu at the Chinese at the top gives free wine with every set menu option ( They did).


I hope this helps.



 

Offline dablar

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Re restaurants, try Pepe's at Playa de la Arena. Why worry about  English restaurants/ cafes making families and children welcome, all Spanish ones will as a matter of course, it's part of the culture. Try the beach at San Juan. and keep an eye out for "What's on " on this web site.

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Eddie - the restaurant in Puerto Santiago called Asador el Estero is excellent for families (and couples) and the food is high standard but good prices. Went in March with our 1 year old grandson and they were very welcoming. Returned for 2 meals this month aswell, and they have now put a fantastic play area in for toddlers. ;D  It's located up the hill as you drive out of Puerto Santiago, opp the 'white elephant block', Tel 922 862 505  email: asadorelestero78@hotmail.es Have a great holiday!

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Hi Eddie

Don't know if u already knew but Pilgrims has shut down in Arena... damn shame if u ask me... but we still have the Blarney Stone... haven't been over to Arena this year so will be watching out for other things that has changed in the area too.

Sauco has moved too... cant remember if its Alcala or San Juan... but we will be visiting it next July (hopefully)...

There is a cigarette/booze shop opposite the varadero... just up the bank from where Sauco was... and a small cafe is situated there too, sorry cant remember the name of it (might not be there now??)

Yes Casa Pepe has moved under Domingo's.... was Domingo's there the last time you were out?? Where the Chinese was, the Golden chopsticks... Domingo's is fabulous too...fantastic food and service...

Where do u stop in Arena  Eddie??

Im sure u will enjoy yourselves when u get there.. we have to wait till July to come back.. :-(

Regards

Julie

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Thanks everyone for your replies, some really helpful info, cant believe Pilgrims has closed..! Always a popular bar. Keen on the English cafe because we love a good cooked breakfast when we come over, always used to go to the arena cafe next to the tattoo parlour but that closed. Is CK's bistro still open does anyone know? Had some lovely meals there and a lovely friendly atmosphere. Have always enjoy el pescador and little italy in Los Gig, has anyone been there recently? Used to do really good food but it has been a while!

Julie, we stay in the sunflower apartments opposite the brown guia d'isora flats and what I think is some sort of hospital thing at the top of the hill. Always go to Mecca's for at least 1 meal and a takeaway pizza - his t-bone steak when he has it is unbelievable!

November cant come quick enough..!!

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Blarney Stone does a good English or Irish breakfast.

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Hi Eddie

Try Lazy Days for a lovely brekkie and snacks too... its along the end of the walkway, opp end to the chinese... Yes we always went to cafe arena too...

Love Meco's fillet steak with roquefort sauce.. amazing...

We stop in Sunflower 1 too.... love the complex...  do me a favour Eddie. will u take some photos of the new pool and area... dying to see it... whilst we were out last year they doing the pool.. fabulous blue tiles in the inside area... PM them to me if u can ??

CK's has changed hands and the chef/owner is the chef from Pilgrims... still fab food...

have a look in the resturant bit and look for little italy, comments have been made about it on there.... i havent been to it for years as had a really bad meal there....

I'm sure u will have a fab time no matter where u end up for food etc... have a lovely time.

Regards

Julie x

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 I AM SURE LAZY DAYS HAS GONE  ,CK S IS VERY GOOD  AS FOR LITTLE ITALY IT HAS GONE BACK TO TAMARA AND I WOULD KEEP AWAY KEEP HEARING BAD REPORTS , WE HAVE A NEW CARVERY IN  LOSGIGANTES  JDS CARVERY VERT NICE NEED TO BOOK SUNDAY TO GET SEAT OUT SIDE  ONLY 9.95 AND HOME MADE SWEETS  , AND TONIGHT PADDYS 3 OPEN THERE NEW LOUNGE BAR AND RESTAURANTE  SO I MAY GO FOR A DRINK AND HAVE A LOOK TO NIGHT 

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Where is JDS please

Offline cs

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Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2012 »
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  • if you like a good cooked breakfast try Funky Chicken in LG harbour, its run by Jason (ex Tipsy Terrace ex harbour Lights) and Sheila (ex Tipsy Terrace). They serve, in my personal opinion, the best full English that I have had anywhere in ther area and we've been visiting since 1984.

    My children, who are adults now, grew up going to LG on holiday and we found that the thing the wanted most was a pool, and new pool toys which we'd take with us.

    We never came across a restaurant were we weren't welcome, although there were a few that we didn't think suitable, but as a parent you can easily judge that yourself

    Offline dablar

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
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  • Lazy Days has been gone for getting on for a year now. Cafe Arena do a good Sunday roast. Get in there before the golfers.

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
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  • Probably not Cafe Arena, but it's the place where Harry's Bar used to be.

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
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  • CS you are so right about the Funky Chicken breakfast. Beautifully cooked by Sheila and served with a smile by Jason. A lovely way to start the day!

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
    « Reply #14 on: September 22, 2012 »
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  • Its sounds like there are going to be some good places to try out when we come over, just for the record i noticed that next to my first post there is an advertisement for record rent a car..!?!? NOTHING TO DO WITH ME and I definitely DO NOT recommend them!! They have masses of extra charges and will never use them again!!

    On the subject of car hire I have been advised the autoreisen is the best to go with now, is this still the case in your opinion?

    Julie, will definitely take some photos and send over to you, I have heard it is nice, just a shame that the little kiddie bit is not there anymore..  :(

    I will also put some comments etc on here on how we get on in the restaurants etc with our little for any other families that may be visiting in the near future.

    Offline cs

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
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  • we use autoresien, I wouldn't say they were the best but there they are certainly the cheapest we've found from the airport and we've never had any problems with them and have usually been given an upgrade, which we've surmised is because we've used them previously. We've just paid 100 euros for 7 nights in October

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
    « Reply #16 on: September 22, 2012 »
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  • if you like a good cooked breakfast try Funky Chicken in LG harbour, its run by Jason (ex Tipsy Terrace ex harbour Lights) and Sheila (ex Tipsy Terrace). They serve, in my personal opinion, the best full English that I have had anywhere in ther area and we've been visiting since 1984.

    My children, who are adults now, grew up going to LG on holiday and we found that the thing the wanted most was a pool, and new pool toys which we'd take with us.

    We never came across a restaurant were we weren't welcome, although there were a few that we didn't think suitable, but as a parent you can easily judge that yourself

    I agree that Funky Chicken has the best breakfast in Los Gigs, at the moment they are serving mini breakfast for 2.95 Bacon Egg Sausage, beans or Tomatoes, fried bread or toast, best value going. Also the rest of the menu is good value for money. Fish and Chips Friday 6.95.

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
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  • Where is JDS please
    It is where mariposa was, go up the steps by Verdes, before you get to Bodeguita Restaurant, the carvery is superb

    cityangel

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  • Always go to Mecca's for at least 1 meal and a takeaway pizza - his t-bone steak when he has it is unbelievable!

    Hiya Eddie, where do I find meccas, love a decent steak, lol

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
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  • The correct name is Mecco's (not sure of spelling)
    The restaurant is in the Sunflower block in El Varadero.

    Turn down the street which is opposite the El Varadero Hotel and it is on your left after aprox 100m

    cityangel

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  • The correct name is Mecco's (not sure of spelling)
    The restaurant is in the Sunflower block in El Varadero.

    Turn down the street which is opposite the El Varadero Hotel and it is on your left after aprox 100m

    Thanks Dolly, how far is that to walk from the Los Gigantes Hotel?

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
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  • If you want a good steak try El Estero or Edu's, won't do much better.

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
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  • Where is edus?

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  • not heard of of that edus?? but good steaks etc you will find  at  EL ESTERO   which is top of hill by the fiher womens round about going round the left on the right sa you are going up

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
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  • Reply to cityangel.

    Los Gigantes Hotel is a good 30 - 40 mins walk to Mecco's.  Or 5 mins in a taxi

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    Re: Whats changed in Los Gig/arena in the last 2 years?
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  • Deffo worth a taxi ride to Meco's... his fillet steaks are fab..  and i cant find a better roquefort sauce.. garlic bread and toms for starter too... yum.....  ;D :)

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    Thanks everyone for your comments! Flights are booked, car hire is booked, apartment is booked... Now just 1 month to go!!!

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    Hi Eddie

    Enjoy yourself, hope u and your family have a great time... sooooooo jealous... have to wait till next July to go back to Arena....

    Dont forget my pics of the pool etc...  ;)

    Regards

    Julie x  :)

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