Okay, so yes, it is a bit like be imprisoned, and yes, I was intercepted by the guards when I tried to go for a walk on the trails after dark, but as a hotel, this place is about as average as they come... Not a wonderful luxury hotel (as we occasionally experience as LM employees attending conferences), but as bad as many LM "approved" hotels I've stayed in on my travels for the company. The food is not bad (during the week) at the three-meals-a-day buffet, and is certainly plentiful. Many attendees complain of gaining weight during their stays, but that's why they also provide a workout center in the basement (adequate, but nothing more).
Clearly the worst part of this monstrosity is the fact that they must force employees to stay here in order to justify the capital outlay (I'm sure whoever's bad idea this was is now retired). The prison-like atmosphere and sterile rooms make it a place you just can't wait to leave. The greatest puzzle to me was the beautiful walking trail that has lovely landscape lighting that just invites a still after dinner, but... ist verboten! And, yes, the guards will intercept you and inform you that you return to the building because the grounds are off-limits after sunset. Security makes sense, but this looks more paranoiac to me.
- Also Known As:
- Lockheed Martin Cle Hotel Bethesda