Partly responding to previous reviews -
Yes the winter clientele is elderly but the average age dropped dramatically in the time we were there (late July) (from over 60 to under 60!), but with some teenagers/early 20s. With that change, the towels on sunbed idiocy ended abruptly and plenty of choice as and when required at either pool. (An earlier reviewer expected bar service at the freshwater pool, but it is explicitly a "quiet" area.)
Food - one couple told us the puddings/cakes had been poor, but improved when we arrived - certainly the bread & butter pudding was perfect! You get offered one night's set 5-course meal with waiter service for each week you stay, but just from the buffet one evening I had gazpacho, then just a spoonful of the warm soup of the day, antipasta (four different ravioli), then a cold meat and salad course, then a bit of fish (couple of grilled sardines), then a main course (a carvery choice or from the hot dishes counter), then a sweet (nice to look at, but go easy with how many). Is that 7 courses? (Small but many!) Managed to avoid the tempting-looking diabetic sweet trolley! There are also themed nights (e.g. Mexican, Italian, Canarian specialities).
No sign of tummy bugs, but the meet and greet policy will be a problem when the swine flu arrives: shake hands with the waiters with your right hand and handle food if you have to with your left. I did try and sneak out to wash my hands but then a different waiter would grab you on the way back in! I'd rather do the friendly bit and assume the virus is airborne anyway.
Wine is on a big mark-up (the house wines particularly) but the Vina del Sol is a decent appley crisp white and the Bach Extrisima a fruity red - both available as a media (half-litre) or full bottle.
Daytime snacks by the pool are priced to compare with local bars.
Noise - we asked for a high and quiet room and got 4th floor at the end behind TJs bar - not a problem, though whether it was worse at the other end (or seaview over the hotel's own entertainment area) I don't know, but you can't really expect quiet till midnight in a Spanish holiday resort.
Aircon - on at very limited hours, but left on in the evening (stick your bus pass in the slot!) it will knock a few degrees off the temperature before you go to bed - but it will be hot again by the early hours. We cooled the room, then opened the balcony door before sleeping, and usually got a drop in night temperature to be comfortable - not much risk of intruders and no biting insects to worry about. (The aircon only works with the balcony door shut.)
Entertainment - there is a career in showbiz even if you'd not get near a Britain's got talent final. The Thomson entertainers work very hard, often with poor material - the Murder Mystery is utter drivel - and TJs had the better acts. The Highland Paddy bar had an outrageous Boy George / Elvis act one night (Jason Watkins) but the peculiar highlight at the hotel was a Cafe de Paris sketch from the Thomson team that really came off much better than expected. It's not exactly top-notch but it's cheesy fun if they get enough interaction. Then there's Vittorio inviting you in to the Paraiso del Sol restaurant on the way to the harbour - camping it up is putting it mildly. Order a "barraquito" (coffee, condensed milk and 43 liqueur - €1.50!) and he'll know we sent you.
Location: Los Gigantes is a gorgeous setting but it's an hour on the bus to anywhere else of real interest (Masca, Icod, the southern resorts if that's your thing).
From the manager Sr de la Rosa's personal interest (from arrival to waving you off on the coach) the hotel's policy is "Mi casa es su casa" and you can see why people go back, and I guess we'd do the same if we got a similar discounted late deal.
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- Los Gigantes Hotel Tenerife
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