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For those looking for a good hotel room under $75 near Foxwoods Resort Casino, and Mohegan Sun Casino in southeastern Connecticut, the choices are rather limited. Motel 6 in Niantic, Connecticut, proves to be a smart choice for the consumer who is looking for a place to sleep for the night without breaking the bank. I and my girlfriend decided to head down to Foxwoods to play some bingo and stay the night at a local hotel to rest up before taking an hour trek the next day.

The Search While expensive hotels are nice, we agreed that it would be better to find a cheap motel since we would only be staying one night and neither of us has lots of money. After looking online through reviews from websites like Orbitz, ,, and Trip Advisor, I saw several negative comments regarding cheap motels in the area from chains and independent motels I had originally thought might be good places to stay. Some of the chains I was considering included Red Roof Inn, Quality Inn/Comfort Suites, Days Inn, America's Best Value Inn and Suites, Super 8, Knight's Inn, and Best Western.

I still think those motels in general provide good economy even though accommodations may be quite basic. I have to admit that finding a motel near Interstate 95 was much more important than finding one closest to the casinos where prices tend to be higher. I looked online and found a Motel 6 in Niantic off exit 74, near the junction of Interstate 95 and 395. Ironically, I have driven past this motel thousands of times to and from work but have never set foot in the hotel or even seen the outside of it, I have only seen the large sign visible from the highway.

The motel is also known as "New London-Niantic" location #1063. It got positive reviews by guests, photos of the hotel exterior and room looked nice, and prices were affordable. While it is cheaper to stay during the week, work obligations prevented me from doing a Thursday night outing so I and my girlfriend decided to go on a Friday night. Reservations I made the reservation through the Motel 6 Web site and acquired a special "Click 6: Web Bargains", exclusively for;, those making their reservations online.

Click 6 is only available at participating Motel 6 locations and these rates are cheaper by a few dollars than those found at Orbitz and The Niantic Motel 6 offers customers three options online, all at the same price: 1) Standard 2 Full Beds, Smoking, Table, 19" Television, 2) Standard Queen Bed, Non-Smoking, Table, 19" Television, and 3) Standard Queen Bed, Smoking, Table, 19" Television. As a non-smoker, I chose the second option which, according to the site, would cost $50.39 plus 10 percent in taxes.

You have the option to give comments or preferences if you have any requests for your room. I found making reservations on the Web site quite easy after creating a My Motel 6 account where your personal information can be safely stored and available anytime you want to make a reservation. The Motel 6 directory indicates that at the Niantic motel one-person rates vary seasonally. From Jan. 1 to May 22 rates vary from $39 to $49.99 Sun. through Thurs.

and $49 to $65.99 for Fri. and Sat. From May 23 to Sept. 1, rates vary from $49 to $55.99 Sun. through Thurs. and Fri and Sat. vary from $85 to $95.99. From Sept. 22 to Dec. 31, rates vary from $39 to $49.99 Sun. through Thurs. and Fri and Sat. vary from $69 to $79.99. A $6 surcharge applies for a second person. Walk-In Guests The motel has a number of walk-in guests who see the chain's name and red LED display with price clearly displayed on a large sign visible from I-95.

On the evening we stayed, the price showed $49.99 for one person while the next morning the price rose to $59.99 for one person. Clearly, it is cheaper to make your reservations in advance online with the Click 6 Rate. When entering the motel, we immediately saw that the enclosed lobby inside the building was closed and a sign directed people making reservations to go up to an interior window where a speaker was installed.

Check-In An older female clerk immediately greeted me after walking into the motel's main entrance. After explaining to her I had reservations, she asked to see my driver's license (which I had to put in a steel drawer similar to the setup at the state police barracks), and sign paperwork as well as give a description of my vehicle. A monitor in the lobby showed four images of security cameras and we had mixed feelings whether this show of security made me feel safe or whether I was staying at a motel that was anything but safe.