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“Sea shanties still exhist!”
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Griswold Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Essex B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Sea shanties still exhist!”
Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

Reserves for a business function and stayed over night at the Inn. I was under the weather but still had a great meal. Carolers sang to our table dressed in historical costumes. Wonderful decor, food, service and wine.

The sea shanties lulled my tired and sick (cold and flu) body to sleep. It was kind if a crazy experience. Kept waking up thinking I'd been transported back in time.

I liked the rooms were fitting with the period of the inn. Clean and updated but still without all the technology we somehow feel we have to have.

I loved the store across the way. It had such unique things in it which made it memorable.

We had a great business meeting there too. The staff did everything they could to make everything perfect.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Danbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

It is such a shame not to be able to write a glowing review of this spot. We went to the inn specifically for its historic significance. We stayed one night in mid-August in the cottage. We had a great time experiencing all the inn had to offer, but the lodging left much to be desired. The great news is, there is a free standing cottage at this property that can accommodate several people comfortably. The bad news is the fireplace had not been cleaned and the place was choked with the smell of soot and woodsmoke. Underneath that, there was a musty odor -- and that was topped off by quite a bit of visible dust. Opening all the windows at 2pm and blasting the a/c and fan didn't do enough to make the air breathable by midnight. We even ran to the gift shop to buy a scented candle to survive the odor.
It was a shame because the place has tremendous potential. Full of antique charm, an interesting selection of old books, a wet bar, a round table that would seat 4, a wood-burning fireplace, a powder room downstairs, a sweet old world full bath upstairs and 2 comfortable beds... this cottage could be an absolute dream. With a really good cleaning, it would have been spectacular. (The wood could use some conditioning, too.) But, and it's a big but... the air was not breathable.
The beds were clean as was the bath, but the shampoo and the conditioner in the bath were only half-full (i.e. already used). I would recommend staying here -- but if you do, ask the staff to make sure the fireplace has been cleaned out and the room aired before you arrive. Our stay at the inn was an overall fun experience. It was fun to walk over to the tavern and have a drink -- but the service was non-existent at the pub even when we were standing at the bar -- and we were the only ones standing there. The actual restaurant for dinner was excellent. Good food, great service and a lot of interesting things to take in. It was also fun listening to the "regulars" have a sing-a-long in the tavern on Saturday night. Overall, hospitality was lacking though (except at the restaurant, where it was excellent). This is the only game in town... and it showed.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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South Meriden, Connecticut, United States
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Heard about the Griswold Inn years ago from a friend and finally had to go there for a late lunch after visiting a nearby attraction. We ate in the Taproom- limited menu selection during the hours we went, but the food and drinks were excellent - especially the sirloin burger with Cabot cheddar. Definitely not for calorie counters, the bun is toasted and buttered, the beef seasoned just right- word to wise - order medium for full flavor and juciness. I order medium-well, and it was just a tad on the dry side. The hubby's was perfect. If you love history, the ambiance of the restaurant area is like walking into history - the wood floors and nails look very original as does the ceiling. Lots of memorabilia to keep you gawking like a tourist while you are eating (sorry locals!). Our waitress seemed a little overtaxed - it was unusually busy when we went, but was pleasant and efficient. We were impressed enough with the inn and the quaint town of Essex enough to want to come back and do the full inn experience - if just for the history alone.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

My husband and I stayed at The Gris on our honeymoon in 1984. This was our first trip back since then and we will definitely return. It is as charming as it was before but has been updated in all the right ways- air conditioning and an amazing claw foot tub in our bathroom. Dinner was wonderful and our waitress had no problem when we told her we wanted to savor our martinis before ordering dinner. After dinner the sing along in the Tavern was so much fun! The Gris is our new favorite destination- highly recommend it for a romantic getaway!!!

  • Stayed August 2013
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New Canaan, Connecticut
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

The Gris is the really my kind of inn. I have stayed here a few times over the years. The location is wonderful. You are right in the heart of downtown Essex Ct on one of the cutest little Main Streets I have seen. The inn itself is old but clean and crisp and comfortable with attractive furnishings and rooms. The rooms can be small depending on what you get and the prices aren't cheap....There is much going on at the Gris. The tap room and the restaurant in the inn are very busy each time I have been there and live entertainment and friendly staff. And there are other choices for dining very close by. We usually stay here around the holidays for one night and then we go outlet shopping the next day, which is about 10 minutes away or so. And Essex is beautiful around the holidays. Last time I stayed here was during spring break from my kids school to visit a friend who lives nearby. I am planning on staying here the first Saturday in December and really looking forward to it.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Amsterdam
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Reviewed 9 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights with our family and absolutely enjoyed it. The cottage that we stayed in was, though a bit outdated, very charming. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The bar/restaurant is absolutely great. Good food, good atmosphere, good music and very pleasant people.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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grisresponder, Owner at Griswold Inn, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
We appreciate you sharing your comments regarding your recent stay with us. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience! The Garden Suite, also referred to as "The Family Cottage" in Griswold Square, is quite a bit different than any of our other accommodations. It is perfect for a family with its loft-like space, game table, wet bar with small refrigerator and its "convenient" location right next to the ice cream shop as you probably discovered!!! Should you come back to Essex and The Griswold Inn, you may wish to check out a different type of accommodation. We have several rooms with pull-out sofas and suites that can join one another – a very spacious arrangement for a family as well.

Thank you for choosing The Griswold Inn for your stay. We hope to welcome you back!

Respectfully,
The Paul Family
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

On a rainy weekend in mid-May 2013, Essex was very pretty and very quiet. I booked a junior suite for $230 and was given a large, clean, airy room in a separate building, across the street from the main part of the inn, above a shop (an upgrade, apparently, to Room #31). It looked like a classic colonial sort of place (meaning clean lines, no TV and a rather formal looking sitting area). Nice big bathroom, very comfortable bed. Dinner at the inn was quite good; looked forward to the old atmosphere at the inn's bar but instead found a guy with a guitar kind of drowned out conversation. All the staff were very nice and helpful with directions. Breakfast was good. Essex is really small, and (at least the only time I've visited) very sleepy; it seemed to be two main streets with a few shops and restaurants. Lovely but tiny. I'd recommend the Griswold for a bit of a splurge or a special weekend if you don't need a ton of selection in bars or restaurants to be entertained. If you're interested in visiting nearby Gilette Castle be forewarned it's not open before Memorial Day.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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grisresponder, Owner at Griswold Inn, responded to this review, 6 August 2013
Thank you for sharing your review with the traveling public. The Griswold Inn – and Essex – offer varying experiences at different times of year. Your visit, one in spring before Memorial Day, would tend to be a quieter time in town. Of course this appeals to many who are looking for a place to unwind. As the summer approaches, activity livens up quite a bit! The summer and fall see lots of visitors from all over the world. In summer, many reach Essex by boat. The fall, as you might imagine, is stunning, and absolutely gorgeous out on the water! There are different types of vessels open to the public that offer this opportunity.

December happens to be our busiest and most festive month in the restaurant, with our "halls" fully decked, a Holiday Bill of Fare featuring game selections as well as more “traditional” offerings, costumed servers and strolling madrigal singers who perform seasonal classics table-side. Other seasonal festivities are just outside our door or within easy reach.

While you may have been here on a Wednesday or Sunday afternoon when our Tap Room features a single guitar player, we do have live music nightly – from sea chanteys to swing to Jazz….Monday evening – Sea Chanteys – might be fun for you. It’s certainly classic – old sailing songs are performed with gusto! – but be forewarned, it is one of our most “energetic” nights of the week! Probably not the place to come for quiet conversation…

We hope you will return to Essex – and The Griswold Inn – during another season to see how different it can be. Should you choose to do so, we always recommend reviewing “Things to Do" on our website when planning your visit. While there, check out our Tap Room Events Calendar which lists the various musical genres we feature every night of the week.
Thanks again for sharing your comments. We hope to see you back at The Gris soon!

Respectfully,
The Paul Family
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Property: Griswold Inn
Address: 36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Region: United States > Connecticut > Essex
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Essex
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Griswold Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the picturesque and historic village of Essex, Connecticut, The Griswold Inn is a destination experience. With 33 guest rooms, unique shopping, historic dining, a stunning wine bar featuring a tapas-style culinary experience, and an award-winning taproom voted "Best Bar" over and over by Esquire Magazine and countless others, the 'Gris' offers visitors an authentic and spirited adventure. Come make your own history here. The oldest continually operated inn in America. Fine Food, Spirits and Lodging....Since 1776! ... more   less 
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