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New hotel, casino, shopping mall make for fun getaway

What a nice surprise it is when a hotel that’s unassuming on the outside is a splendor of style and comfort inside.

That was my experience recently while staying at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, Md., a suburb of Baltimore.

Enter the lobby of the 150-room luxury boutique hotel and one’s senses are assaulted by a stylish combination of earth tone textures—stone, fabrics, wood and glass that are beautifully contrasted and arranged. It’s one of those lobbies in which one wouldn’t mind whiling away a little time.

The same pleasing tones and textures of cream, brown, white and black in elements of flooring, wall coverings and furnishings are carried over in guest rooms, which are contemporary with clean lines. One of the features I particularly liked in the room was the double window shades—one blocked nearly all the light and darkened the room and the other was translucent and allowed a filtered view of the outdoors.

The property includes an indoor pool, fitness and business centers, banquet and meeting space, and a large touch screen in the lobby where one can check on flights. Adjacent to the hotel is a George Martin Grillfire restaurant, a nice eatery with a cozy and warm atmosphere. Sizeable salads, an array of grilled meats and appetizers such as the tangy can’t-get-enough chili pop shrimp are on the menu. Evening diners are presented with a unique sweet treat at the end of their meal—a tabletop cotton candy display.

The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, which opened in 2011, was designed to be eco-friendly and features electric car charging stations, energy saving lighting, a recycling program, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and organic herbs and vegetables used in dining facilities.

Room rates range from $119 to $209 a night.

The hotel is no more than 15 to 20 miles from Baltimore/Washington Airport as well as the city of Baltimore.

And Hanover is no no-man’s land. Right down the street is the 200-store Arundel Mills Mall, the largest mall in Maryland. It also features a 24-screen movie theater, Medieval Times, Dave and Busters and an array of restaurants to suit just about every taste. Many of the stores in the mall are of the “factory” variety with discounted prices. Among them are: Nike Factory Store, Last Call Neiman Marcus, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet, DKNY, H&M, Lego and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

On the same property where the mall is located, visitors will find Maryland’s newest (and largest) casino that opened June 6. Maryland Live! Casino features 3,200 electronic slots and table games, a Bobby Flay Bobby’s Burger Place, Cheesecake Factory, Phillips Seafood as well as an all-you-can eat buffet that ranges from $12.99 for lunch to $32.99 for the Friday seafood buffet. (More casino space for 1,500 additional slots and table games and a 500-seat live entertainment venue are expected to be completed by this fall.)

For more information on the Hotel at Arundel Preserve or Maryland Live! Casino, visit www.thehotelarundel.com and www.marylandlivecasino.com.

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