Recently I purchased a one night stay on Living Social for a standard room. This deal also included a $25 spa certificate at a nearby facility. Upon arrival we checked in and were given Room 6 on the 3rd floor which includes a very challenging climb on the second staircase. The room itself is fine as well as the small bathroom, but the location is really poor for rest as the ancient floorboards creak terribly when anyone climbs the stairs or walks the hallway. We did not experience any of the loud bar noises others have complained of.
We were not given the $25 spa voucher upon arrival.
Drinks in the bar were fine and service was great. In all, service was friendly and fine.
The breakfast was continental with no options for upgrading to a hot breakfast. I would think that an Inn that has a reputation for food would not lay out prepackaged muffins for breakfast. This is not a difficult item to bake and it would make all the difference. Only white bread and white bagels were available for toasting. There was a variety of dry cereal and a very unappetizing bowl of melon chunks for the fruit. The coffee was good, but I have had far better continental breakfasts in a Hilton Garden Inn.
Lots of the shops were closed here and the attractions only run on the weekends. Be aware of that for your visit and check first if there is something you want to do like the Steam Train of the River Boat. I believe things really don't get into full swing until the end of June so be aware of that fact when planning y our trip.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Griswold Hotel Essex