I found the Waldgasthof because I was looking for a place to stay during a business trip while travelling on a tight budget. I was attracted at first by cost, then by the positive reviews, and thought I would give it a shot. I speak absolutely no German, but this was not a problem. A friendly young man answered my questions on the phone, sent me a confirmation email in English, and was there to greet me when we arrived. The drive up to the hotel was almost creepy. It is located in a forest, and a cold winter fog hung in the trees, adding an aura of phantasmal isolation to hotel. The warm lights of the hotel were a welcome sight! I was travelling with two coworkers, and we each wanted our own room. Our company policy directs us to share a room to save money, but a single room at the Waldgasthof is less than half the price of a double room in Bad Windsheim, so we were all quite pleased and able to room separately. The building is historic, so expect creaky floors, and sounds which carry, but it is clean, newly renovated and well heated. No drafts or unpleasantness to be found. Warm clean beds, a spacious room and clean bathrooms.
While the history of the place boasts a bath house and spa, there is not currently anything of the sort. The three famous fountains are just artesian springs which bubble into decorative ponds outside. Don't get me wrong. The clear spring water is delicious.
Absolutely do not miss out on the restaurant downstairs. It boasts a warm room with crackling fireplace, cozy dining environment and a small community atmosphere that makes you feel like a local, even if you have no idea what anyone is saying. The senior Frau Hofmann was our waitress for the evening, and even with the language barrier we enjoyed friendly conversation. I have no idea what was said, but it was friendly and I felt at home. The food is superb! The local specialties are delectable, prepared perfectly, and caused me to bring my wife back for dinner the next night. I will go back to the Waldgasthof Wildbad at every opportunity.
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