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Sensimar Los Gigantes
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Norfolk
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“home comforts”
Reviewed March 20, 2008

My husband and I are in our fifties and we felt like teenagers, we knew gold hotels were for adults only but we did expect there to be a few more people our age. The more elderly resisdents liked to get up early and reserve their sunbeds which we found very annoying as the hotel states this is not allowed. We always had the later breakfast and dinner and the waiters liked to clear up around us making you feel uncomfortable if you sat there too long. This also happened every night by the pool at 5pm. The inside bar where the entertainment was held was far too hot and unbearable to sit in so most people under 65 seemed to go out in the evenings.

These comments aside the hotel rooms were lovely and very clean but I would advise that you pay the extra for a seaview as the rooms facing the town are very noisey. The salt water pool was lovely and the area very clean. The hotel staff were very attentive and helpful. The Thomson reps tried their best but the evening entertainment were generally crap. We used to go to the local bars every night and if you get a chance to see Bitter and Twisted do so as they are hillarious.

The food was plentiful but someone should tell the chef that not all english people over 50 like bland tasteless food.

Los Gigantes as a place is lovely and the views from the hotel are stunning and the weather was very hot with only one afternoon of rain.

If you want a peaceful holiday and dont mind lots of elderly people that take all the sunbeds and eat very early and as long as you go out at night you would probably enjoy your stay. The cakes and coffee over the road in Bamboo are wonderful.

  • Liked — the room
  • Disliked — the food
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2008

Returned from our first stay in Tenerife 13th March. Having read some of the recent reviews I am wondering if we were on the same island let alone in the same hotel. Firstly the hotel was clean had friendly staff large rooms and the food and dining room sevice were excellent. There was always plenty of choice from salads to roasts, italian dishes and mexican food . Breakfast was a good choice every day fruit, yoghurt,porridge,.cereals,continental hams and cheeses,eggs,bacon.sausage ,hash browns ,fried bread, toast what more do you want for goodness sake. Waiting staff very quick very friendly and Tomas the restaurant manager is a character to behold.

We had a room on the town side of the Hotel and yes there is some noise from coaches but you can count them on one hand!! The bars close at 12 so plenty of time to sleep. To be honest if you want to sit on a balcony in silence every night you may as well stay at home.



Los Gigantes itself is everything that we could have wished for quiet peaceful ,nice shops a few bars and marina to walk off dinner. Bamboo tea room pastries have to be seen to be believed and the coffee was exceptional. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the coffee in the hotel and as another reviewer has already said investment in a state of the art coffee machine would be advisable.

Weather was very good during our stay lots going on but no one tried to force you into joining in, Reps were all lovely ,good attitude and if they lacked talent in some areas they made up for it in enthusiasm. Danny and Neil (Sway) are a very good duo and deserve a better spot on the bill.

|To finish I do wonder what people are expecting out of a holiday when they seem to complain about everything.

  • Liked — size of room cleanliness friendly staff layout of pool area
  • Disliked — would have liked a sea view
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Berkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2008

Well its full of oldies with old world courtesies! but so it should be I'm 65 ! Its fine with lots of regulars who go back year after year, one couple have been there 54 times!! So the manager and his staff MUST be doing something right. You could regard the dining room as sometimes a bit school dinner like but the big buffet range would normally enable you to find something to your liking! There are a few words of warning however, the hotel is 44 years old and the lifts behave accordingly! If you are nervous about such old mechanical items request a low floor and WALK! Being stuck in the lift for 20 mins or so IS not a rare occurence! The location and view of La Gomera is stunning but its all hills surrounding and it is a steep hike out of the village area or down to the harbour! There has been a potent virus infection sweeping the island and sadly this hotel has had quite a few "hits" If you are worried one way to seemingly cut this to a minimum of contagion is to arm yourself with "hospital type gel wipe" for your hands and swab your hands down after touching anything!! Several people did that and stayed bug free ( nasty sickness and vomiting )

We enjoyed 3 weeks there (Feb/Mar 08) and I certainly improved my table tennis and boule prowess !!!

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Doncaster
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2008

Booked with Thompson Gold..... Wow made to fell like someone special bags taken off coach sat in nice lounge porters took bags to room reception staff bring room keys to you whilst you have a welcome glass of wine food excellent service brilliant staff could not be more welcoming the place Los Gigantes is very quiet and all the life takes place around the harbor which is down a steep hill you can go whale and dolphin watching from here at very good prices the bars and restaurants are very reasonable and no one seams to want to rush which was very nice if you want to chill out and don't want anything to taxing then you will be in heaven here

  • Liked — High room fantasic sea view
  • Disliked — A lot of hills
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
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hampshire
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2008

stayed at this hotel. the thomson rep(the northen monkey ) was extremly rude.

the food was ok (lots of choises)
the rooms, comfortableish.

if you wont a saga holiday then this for you. dont get a room on the road side you will be p*ssed of with the noise from outside bars.

both of us picked up a bug(and more people in the hotel were ill)never had anything like it before, so wondering, WHY!!!!.

Stayed February 2008
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2008

The hotel is very dated and there is quite a bit of building work going on that they state as 'Maintenance work'. Hammer drills hammering and crashing from 7am. The manager is okay if you are but if you go to him with a problem he turns very nasty and avoides you like the plague. The view from our room of the car park with the coaches coming and going at all hours and the noise from the on site bar was terrible.
The hotel is in a lovely part of Teneriffe that in itself was wonderful but I wouldnt recomend the hotel to my worst enemy.
Holiday from Hell.

  • Liked — Nothing
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  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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lincs, uk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2008

We were quite surprised to really enjoy our stay after reading some of the negative reports about it being a holiday home for the elderly, true there were many older folk but they were all having a good time and pretty lively believe me , there were also many couples in their 40's and several very young couples. I did not witness the famous run for the sunbeds but in all fairness this is common proceedure in most hotels, we always managed to find a couple of beds and there are 2 pools to choose from. The food was great, such an array and they cater for vegetarians and people with special diets too, they also had a gala night when there was mexican and canarian specialities and they decorated the restaurant, it felt really special. The evening entertainment was ok, thought the resident singer Danny had a very good voice, he was followed by the main event at 10, whilst we were there we had a comedian who was quite amusing, a tenor who was excellent and a BeeGee tribute group who were not up to much. The staff were very courteous and the manager came out and shook hands with us as we were leaving which was a nice touch.

  • Liked — views and food
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Sensimar Los Gigantes
Address: Calle Flor de Pascua, 8, 38683 Acantilado de los Gigantes, Tenerife, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > Acantilado de los Gigantes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:4 star — Sensimar Los Gigantes 4*
Number of rooms: 220
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