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Griswold Inn

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

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

1Thank andrewtravel
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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...

1Thank elaine r
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.

2Thank Citymominwoods
cape cod, mass
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...

1Thank cap25
United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 May 2014

It's interesting reading the other reviews of The Griswold Inn as I find myself agreeing with both the negative and positive comments expressed. And it is this very dichotomy of expectation that is both the charm and the problem with the Inn. On the one hand, its rusticity is what makes it unique and appealing. Viewed from a different perspective,...

7Thank John L
Kensington, Connecticut
Reviewed 21 April 2014

After having difficulties with the manager, I feel we were put in the worst room at the inn. Never accept Room number two especially on a Saturday night when they have the sing along in the bar,unless you don't want to get to sleep until after 1 a.m. Extremely loud rude people with no respect for the paying over night...

8Thank Carol D
Reviewed 10 April 2014

The Gris is a well known historical inn in a great location in beautiful Essex and is in serious need of some updated facilities and maintenance. Mattresses are old and uncomfortable, shower (tub) doors falling apart, furniture in dining room in need of replacement before it collapses. It appears owners are living off their reputation and location and not investing...

5Thank caribbtravel
Reviewed 9 April 2014

I used to live in Essex. Returning for two nights at The Gris was like old home week in many ways....and more. We took a lovely room on the third floor of the main building; quiet, comfortable, and very nicely appointed. We took almost all of our meals in the Dining Room. The staff were warm and friendly, really making...

Thank Baysidetrips
Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 7 April 2014

This is a great location and the people are quite friendly. That is about all that earns it two stars instead of one. The room we had was dingy and has needed to be painted for some time now. The walls are dirty and all marked up. The bathroom has two tiny candelabra bulbs, one of which was burned out....

1Thank Andy21830
Jacksonville, Florida
Reviewed 17 March 2014

The tapas were absolutely phenomenal and the atmosphere is cosy with an old rustic Connecticut touch. Would recommend it to anyone. They are accommodating for people with children as well. I have been twice now and was wonderful both times.

1Thank als03009

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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 

Additional Information about Griswold Inn

Address: 36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
Region: United States > Connecticut > Essex
Price Range: $95 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Griswold Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 33
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“Call them for a description of the rooms. The web site does not have good pictures of the rooms.”
dodieg2015, 19 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Sorry...we just had dinner ha, ha...but there was a large group of people arriving for a wedding party...!”
fuzzylablover, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We did not stay at the hotel, only went there for lunch.”
CTJodi, 4 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We did not stay at the Inn, enjoyed the Inn Pub and dining.”
marw771, 28 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The rooms outside of the main inn are quieter. Inside the inn you can sometimes hear music from the bar.”
MaureenConnecticut, 2 Jun 2016 | Read review
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