I was apprehensive about coming here given the heinous reviews, and perhaps because of them I was pleasantly shocked. I would contrast to the previous reviewer to say that I found the CLE to be more consistently comfortable and pleasant than most "approved" hotels I find myself staying in for business. The Benchmark Hospitality staff are exceedingly helpful and gracious; the food is almost amusingly ample and of uniformly high quality (and available 24 hours); and the amenities I would rate on par with the best four-star hotels I've used. The facility is aesthetically quite beautiful and modern (LEED certified).
Regarding security; yes, it is not a public free-for-all, nor is it meant to be, but one can take advantage of the upsides of being situated on the Lockheed Martin campus. Not having to strategically hide technology under mattress cushions during the day or worry about the security of my vehicle in the parking garage was refreshing. The reasonable assurance of a good night's sleep with no risk of being kept awake by street noise or raucous drunken revelry in adjacent rooms was also a plus (note that alcohol is allowed and served at the bar). Furthermore, access to the facility is free and easy, and I encountered no difficulty leaving and returning to campus late at night with my own car (remember to have your badge with you).
The bottom line is that it's really quite a nice hotel with outstanding staff and I would likely stay here whether or not required by policy. The only identifiable downside is the inability to bring guests onto campus; however, it's likely that you aren't coming here for social purposes anyway.
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- Lockheed Martin Cle Hotel Bethesda