This review is meant for Tourists visiting Lindner Hotel and Spa - locals seem to understand this place, so this review is not intended for you.
I gave this review an overall 4-stars because they deserve it. The hotel and spa are beautiful and our stay was quite lovely. However, this resort did a truly terrible job of making tourists feel welcomed and a part of the experience. The management and staff should take note of the following to help future tourists who may visit.
First - this was the only place we visited in Germany where English was an issue. Signs, guides, receipts and staff simply were all in German. When I checked in the employee spoke English very well, and asked me if it was my first time staying there. When I said yes, I guess I would have liked a little more details on the place and how it works, since I didn't know what questions to ask. She basically told me where the spa and restaurant were and that was it.
The rooms are beautiful, lots of towels, robes and slippers included. We had a beautiful view of the pool area and it was great.
The complex is divided into two areas - the Pool area and Spa. We were given a guide to the grounds when we arrived, but it was entirely in German. We had read that some areas were clothing optional - that is NOT THE CASE. The pool area requires a bathing suit, and the spa area requires you to be naked. We initially went swimming in the pool, it was beautiful. There was nice path to the sauna, but when we went there in our swim suits, a man yelled at us in German and pushed us away. It was very awkward and we didn't understand. We ultimately used Google translate to take a picture of a doorway to finally realize it was a clothes free area.
Obviously this is well understood by locals, but as tourists it was a difficult experience. Later we enjoyed the spa area in the nude, but saw a spa employee being very aggressive about the "rules of the spa" to three other tourists. This could all be avoided with some explanation or a hotel guide in English. The employee literally made them leave the sauna, undress, and then return.
There is only one option here for dinner - and we were fine with that. However you need to have a reservation which was not clear to us. When we went to the restaurant for dinner, we were made to feel quite stupid for not having a reservation, that the restaurant was completed booked (though less than half full) and that we would have only the option of dining in the lobby on couches and coffee tables. How embarrassing! And on top of that the food was quite mediocre and over priced
So for you tourists - you can have a wonderful time here if you are ok with being naked in the spa area, and book reservations for dinner.