Arrived on a Friday PM to warm Sunshine. That was the weekend you may have seen on TV with film of cars floating down the street in Santa Cruz and two people drowned. So much for winter sun then!
That said the cliffs are awesome and with rain water pouring off them as water falls we probably got to see a sight many of the regulars don't even know exists.The rest of the week after Monday was beautiful and a bit of rain is always refreshing in these islands anyway.
As other reviews cover the general layout, the comical march of the ants at pool door opening in the morning for sunbed reservation, lack of saucepans, wi fi, rooms, beds etc I'll just comment on what I felt about the place.
The hotel is big. Built I believe in the mid sixties and architecturally fits that bill. That said it has clearly been looked after and kept up with the times, except maybe for the hamster powered lifts of which there are four that seem to operate to no particular pattern. We were on the fifth floor with a sea view and on pretty much every day we could see the island of La Gomera and a couple of the clear days we could also see across to La Palma in the distance so well worth the lift fun or stair exercise.
All the staff were friendly and helpful, I didn't see any "grumpy old ones" and maybe it helps if you learn and chucl in the odd Spanish word here and there. Yep there was a clear and present danger of regular visitors but hey, they were friendly to and with the staff so you get out what you put in. You can't beat 'em so...
We had absolutely no problem finding sunbeds, if you look all around the place there are probably more beds than people. Daily quiz was good fun and not so difficult you had to be a genius, though we did win twice. (You don't win anything just posing value!)
We stayed half board but this was probably the most lazy stay we have ever had as the hotel prices were clearly designed to compete with outdoors and the quality of both food and drink in the main restaurant and the pool bar was very good. Thomson staff on hand were friendly and tuned in to the scene whilst the entertainment and service in the bar at night was excellent.
All the folks we met were friendly and although I agree that in my fifties I was probably one of the nippers, I don't see why anyone would have their bottom lip out (the review giving one star because "it isn't the same as I remember it as a child" apart) about a stay Los Gigantes it is splendid isolation, or not if you don't want it to be and yes, I would go again.More
Luxor-Wright, Shropshire, United Kingdom
What a relief.
To be honest, I was dreading what we might find. My pre-conceptions of the south coast of Tenerife were proved to be fully justified as the coach from the airport dropped people off at some pretty ropey places.
Ours was the last drop - you can't really go any further west. What a relief! the hotel is large and not the prettiest building in the world but newly refurbished, clean and nicely appointed.
Everyone else has complimented the rooms, swimming pools and other facilities and I am in accord.
The most important factor governing our enjoyment of the holiday though, is the people one has to share it all with.
This is a "Couples Hotel" so we were already looking forward to the absence of undisciplined, spoilt children. What we hadn't forseen however, was the massive further advantage of not having to put up with their "modern" and "enlightened" parents either, who, lets face it, are usually even less blessed with the social graces than their little darlings.
It was lovely to be able to sit in the bars and restaurants with the buzz of conversation unhindered by the constant ghastly ring tones of mobile phones. Couples actually spoke to each other rather than constantly typing fatuous text messages and taking mindless "selfies"
Here then was genuine, good old fashioned social networking; not the kind that necessitates moronically staring at a screen in pursuit of the instant gratification of constant communication.
To aid this wonderful feeling of a better age, the Maitre d' was quite superb, doing a wonderful job in making sure everyone was happy, keeping his staff on their toes and of course, buttering up the old girls!
The very basic dress code of men being required to wear trousers to dinner was a nice touch. Could you not stretch it to the banning of t-shirts and flip flops?
So, the all important figures (for our week)
1. Incidents of bad behaviour - 1.
2. inconsiderate use of a mobile phone - 1.
3. Serious violation of acceptable dress code -1.
4. Indescrete tattoos. - 1.
5. unpleasant piercings. - 1.
Five is an excellent score; unequalled anywhere in my experience.
It is even more remarkable when one realizes that they were all attributed to the same person, who vanished after one night; presumably in the direction of Los Cristianos.
So if you fancy a bit of the good old fashioned good life, this place is for you.
If you prefer a lifestyle more akin to "Eastenders" try a few miles further east.More
Hotel Los Gigantes
Me and my husband have just returned from a week at this couples hotel. Lovely hotel in quite location. Our room was spacious, huge bed, very good condition. We had not been able to book a sea view but the view over the marina and harbour was lovely. The quality of the food was good with plenty of choice, with two meats and two fishes being cooked on the hot plate in front of you also. Omelettes and eggs also cooked freshly at breakfast, alongside all other selections. We never had a problem getting a sunbed despite the early morning towel brigade picking the hot spots each day. We used the smaller pool at the side of the hotel and there was always room. The hotel staff were all friendly. We visited Mount Teide, Masca, Puerto de la Cruz, Garrachio all by hire car from Santiago Cars. We went out whale and dolphin watching twice with Uno Flipper and we're thrilled with seeing pilot whales and dolphins alongside the boat, well worth â¬15. There are loads of bars near the hotel if the entertainment at the hotel is not your scene. The area is quite hilly but it was not a problem for us (both in our 50's). If you want a child free environment, quiet location and a good hotel, we would recommend this one.More
Deborah P, Hastings, United Kingdom
Warm sun in November? Yes please and never mind the quibbles.
It was three days before I actually looked carefully at the huge picture in reception of the Hotel taken 50 years ago when it was under construction. The hotel standing on the cliff in splendid isolation. You had to admire the foresight of the developers way back then. Fast forward to 2014 and there isn't an inch of Los Gigantes that hasn't been built on. Partially built apartments are climbing up the cliffs.Over developed is one word, ruined is another. This was our first visit to the Hotel, it came hightly recommended by friends who have been visiting for twenty years and remembered Los Gigantes as a fishing village! It was our first November holiday, and we went for half board and decided we wanted a thoroughly lazy week. We had one. However, my first twenty minutes were spent supressing a great sense of disapointment. We didn't get a sea view, but our seventh floor room looked over the "Lego like" village below.
Don't know what strings you have to pull to get one,the only advice that reception could offer was "book early" but that is no guarantee. My sense of injustice had gone after a day or so! The rooms, as has been mentioned in other reviews are large, well appointed and comfortable and are thoroughly cleaned. Odd then such a large re-developed hotel didn't add extractor fans in the bathrooms. As my wife pointed out, there are times when the lack of a fan can become an issue! The dining room did remind me at times of manic school canteen,but overall the food was good, varied, and well presented. The service was prompt,almost to prompt. I hadn't finished my chocolate mousse, but it was whipped away while I wasn't looking! There is a degree of preference to at least some of the regulars, tables were regularly reserved in the popular outside dining area. The hotel provides a good standard of entertainment ev ery night of the week, and the bars are well staffed and "Happy hour" was very popular! There are plenty of sunbeds, although the practice of "reserving" them is frowned on, everybody does it in true German fashion! I found them a bit uncomfortable to be honest so we reserved the very comfortable "Balinese" beds on a couple of occasions and they are well worth the 10 euro cost, You also have the add-on option of Champagne, Caviar and fresh fruit which was nice. You can grow old waiting for the hotel lifts and express elevators, they are not!
It was the weather that made this holiday,we lapped up the glorious warm sun unbroken for most of the week. You will see large black clouds overhead but they do disperse. Just to get the sun it was worth any minor quibbles about lifts and views. Well, we will be back next year and oddly enough I am not that bothered about the sea view!More
Modern,clean,modern flat-screened television in bedrooms,decent internet access,good food and plenty of choice,great cen
Adult only hotel, which is wonderful when you've raised a large family like we have-it's our time now! The village outside the hotel is lovely! Plenty watering holes and eateries, with sports bars karaoke ect! Village feel-very relaxing, buses to Los Christianos, Las Americas. Ect!.small beach down the side of the hote-next to the cliffs.bigger beaches about a mile away in next town, very pretty ,! Two gripes ! I have come to the Canaries ten times in the last two years,I begrudge having to pay for the safe in our room! It should be free ! It's not an armed guard that needs wages! And if the hotel can't gaurantee the honesty of their staff, it should be free! Towels on empty sun beds is another bone of contention! Staff should remove them if the owner has been away for more then fifteen minutes, you wouldn't leave your coat on a bench in a park ! Overall relaxing holiday in a very pretty place.More