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“A Quiet and Quick Getaway”
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Griswold Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Essex B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Southbury, Connecticut
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53 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A Quiet and Quick Getaway”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Inn this past weekend. We were in room 2. Quiet and peaceful, although it was a Sunday night. The whole street was asleep :)

Our stay was average. No one really seemed to care if we were there or not, unfortunately. My husband had asked for a bit of special treatment for me because we had just had a very sad death in our family, so I think he was expecting a little more acknowledgment. The Irish girl however, was very, very nice in the morning. She was charming and sweet. Other than that, employees were really just walking by us without even saying hello or anything.

Our room was also charming, although tired. We tried to open the windows and they were hard to open and filled with dead bugs and dirt. Windows themselves needed a bath. Queen Anne's chair needed some attention (SImple armcovers would have been nice).

The bar was very nice, great music. Dinner was not memorable although the service was nice.
Continental breakfast was perfect ( included in room price).

Would we come here again? Maybe. But, maybe not. I wish we left with that excited feeling that we would have loved to desire to come here again because this place is lovely in many ways. Just not enough for the price we paid.

Room Tip: Room 2 has a very comfortable bed and a huge shower. Also faces front, which we liked. Bathroom is a...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lawrence, New York
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The town is magical as is the historic nature and ambiance of the hotel. It is like staying in a museum. Nevertheless, the rooms need refurbishing especially the window treatments and very noisy window a/c. The service and people are wonderful as is the location but be forewarned as to what you will be getting. All said though we really enjoyed ourselves.

Room Tip: Upper floor facing the waterfront in main bldg.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Ringoes, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014

and each time we check in we're asked if this is our first time. Odd, in the digital age. The Inn is lovely, but they do seem to have lightbulb problems (ours was out in the shower) as others have mentioned - disconnect between housekeeping and management, I guess The bar is lively on a Friday night with a great band, not so much on Saturday nights (if you'd like to sing along to "home, home on the range" this is your night). The town is delightful, the staff hospitable, the bed comfortable, the breakfast good, they allow a one night's stay. The Inn is just over an hour from the airport in Providence, and makes a great halfway stop on our trips to Nantucket via Cape Air. We'll be back in September and October, and yes we've been here before.

Room Tip: They have rooms in a variety of the historic buildings in town. Sometimes the rooms in the main inn...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

Everytime we come to this beautiful part of America we visit this place, the food is ok, the drinks great but the ambiance is magic! The village of Essex is worth the visit alone but this pub just makes

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

a lovely place to stay, we only stayed one night en route to NH. The room was lovely and included a sitting room, we stayed in the annex next door which was very quite, not sure if the band could be heard in the main hotel but definitely not in the annex. The people were so friendly and the food was excellent, would have liked to stay longer :)

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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83 reviews
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

If you are looking for a modern hotel with flat screen TVs, elevators and every room exactly the same, this is not your ideal hotel. If you are looking for super friendly staff, old world charm, authentic furnishings and a beautiful inn experience in a historic New England Town, then this is definitely your hotel.

Room Tip: One note of warning: the bar can get loud some nights so if you go to bed early request a room in on...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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cape cod, mass
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

I agree with the last reviewer that although the "Gris" has its faults, it offers so much by way of character and authenticity that all imperfections are forgotten. My husband and I have returned again and again for over thirty years and love that almost everything has remained the same: a few updates, yes, but definitely not drastic modernizations. Staying in Essex and at the hotel is relaxing and great fun - from wandering about the town or the waterfront, visiting the Conn River Museum (top-notch!), sitting around the pub, stale popcorn in hand, listening to live music to enjoying the extensive collection of maritime pictures which crowd the walls. The staff has always been accomodating (although the reviewer who found the upstairs rooms next to the action noisy has a point). In short, there are few places left which still offer an old time, simple Yankee hospitality with a touch of old Connecticut River valley life. Plus the fact (not unimportant) in the late spring, shad and shad roe are often on the menu - if not, they can be ordered in advance. I'll take a star away for the "nuts and bolts" problems, but the Griswold Inn gets full points for making "the world go away".

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with 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
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 (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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