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Griswold Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Essex B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Altough it is one of the only hotels in the area, the Griswold Inn was perfect. travel with friends and my wife, we shared a room that had NO tv, which was exactly what was needed in this little town of Essex. it has its own restaurant and bar which both were plentiful and tasty. a free breakfast topped it off and will definetely be back. i recommend this place to ANYONE looking for a true getaway from the tech world!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

My first review seems to have fallen off the Tripadvisor list. So, I'll try again because TA reviews are important to us.

We stayed at the Gris for my wife's birthday at end of July. We are living on our boat just up the river so how could we pass up a night at the Gris. We are so happy we did this. We were greeted by the most enjoyable and friendly person who made us feel very welcome. Not just psudo-welcome but genuinely welcome. Our room was next door, first floor. Walking into this historic house was like coming home. The room was fine, the bed comfortable and clean as a whistle. Dinner, Sea Chanties in the bar and the evening was a great success. It was so much fun I asked the next morning if we could stay another night! We did and it was as much fun as the first. No bawdy sea songs, but a super fun trio of four (that's right) who kept everyone smiling.
We didn't want to leave after a good breakfast, but had to.

I don't know what makes a place like the so enjoyable, but what ever the blend of charm, fun, lightheartedness, attention-but never too much, comfort and history - what ever it is we had it all!

We will be back!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank CasaUmile
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We ate at the bar and sang along to old seafaring songs. The food was good, the beds were fine and the experience was charming. The continental breakfast is not that inspiring. The bar fills up so if you do not want people standing in front of your view try to get a table in the middle of the room. I like being in Essex and the inn is a very cool place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank jmordecai
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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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Thank MBradbury33
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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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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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Additional Information about Griswold Inn

Address: 36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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Region: United States > Connecticut > Essex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Essex
Price Range: £130 - £162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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