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Griswold Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Essex B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 November 2010

Stayed at the Griswold Inn over the Thanksgiving Holiday. My room was in the Hayden House next door to the main Inn. I specificially requested a quiet room as I was there for several nites. Wed and Thursday evenings were quiet and lovely; however; the showers from the various rooms in the house; sounded like a freight train as the water moved thru the pipes; and if you were trying to sleep in; FORGET IT. Friday after Thanksgiving... at 10: 30 at night; I had to request my room be changed because the band was EXCESSIVELY LOUD. In addition; an obnoxious couple were watching the one and only TV in the living room of this little separate house I was staying in (just below my room) and screaming at one another. The Inn did move me to a room across the street right above their store. It was much quieter; however; when I returned to my room after an early morning walk; the store below the room had opened and you could hear the workers climbing up and down the stairs as well as the music piping into the store. If you want peace and quiet; would suggest a work week stay; but definitely NOT over a weekend.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 November 2010

After reading many reviews and promotional info, we were expecting a warm, cozy experience. Instead we had a warm, cozy room. At check-in, the young man didn't even bother to get up out of his chair; he simply calculated the total, handed us the keys, gave a quick rundown of rules (e.g., Guests park across the street. On-site parking is reserved for workers), handed us keys and a folder and sent us on our way. When we came down for breakfast the next morning and asked where breakfast was, the morning clerk likewise remained glued in his chair, pointed around the corner and stated, "Around there." And that general attitude prevailed until the very end when my father sought assistance with his flight check-in.

Overall, the room was comfortable and quiet. But as far as the entire experience, it was nothing more. The hospitality was most definitely lacking and we would have done better at any national chain. The Griswold seems to be staffed by college-aged people that lack the skills, training, and/or desire to focus on the guests and hospitality.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 October 2010

We stayed here as part of a wedding party. Although the room was beautiful and historic, it lacked the ammenities we need to truly enjoy our stay. There was no in-room refrigerator, microwave or internet. The noise from the band was excessive. This was definitely not a peaceful part of our week. We preferred the lesser hotel chain in Old Saybrook to meet our needs. This was definitely not worth the high price.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Marylandgirl53
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

My wife and I put together a last-minute excursion and chose Essex, Connecticut for a 1 day stay. The town is beautiful and very charming. We chose The Griswold Inn based upon its location, as well as the reviews on here. We arrived early and had a wonderful lunch on their outdoor patio. Afterwards, we went to our room in the main building. It was very charming and had alot of character--exactly what we expected after looking at the town and the website. When we went down to go walk around we were pleasantly asked if we would like to check out another, bigger room. We did, and we promptly moved to that one (at no additional charge!). The staff at The Griswold Inn were ALL so pleasant and friendly and very, very helpful! We even met Geoff, one of the owners ,who spent time chatting with us at the great wine bar in the Inn.

All in all, we would highly recommend this Inn, and we would not hesitate to return when we travel through the area again!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank TravellersfromNJ
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Reviewed 30 July 2010

We stayed in a roomon the 2nd floor directly over the reception area and slightly forward of the downstairs bar & restaurant. Entry to the reception area, the bar, and the dining room are through a first floor door which is almost directly under the room. A staircase leads from this door to rooms on the 2nd & 3rd floors as well. The door banged open & shut well into the night. The 12" floor boards squeaked and thumped every time someone climbed the stairs or took a step in the room above us. It is no an exaggeration to say that the combined noise was excessive. OK, that's part of staying in an old historic building. It's all part of the charm. Bad loud music is not! There is no excuse for subjecting guests paying $200.00 a night for a room to extremely loud & bad rock music. The music from the bar below was so loud that it sounded as if the band was playing at the foot of my bed. Charm, quaintness and historical significance fade in the light of such discomfort. and aggravation. We have had very positive experiences at other historic inns. I kept asking myself, "what is the Inn's attitude toward it's guests?" Oh!, I get it. The tourists are coming! The tourists are coming!

Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

Not only is this B & B beautiful, but the staff go out of their way to make you comfortable. Husband and I had a room that was not cooling off well, they moved us without question.

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Reviewed 9 July 2010

My husband & I just returned from a 2 days trip to Essex, Ct where we stayed in the Fenwick Suite at the Griswold Inn. Essex is the loveliest of small towns. It is just charming to be there. The Inn is unlike any other lodging. It is beautiful, old and authentic. The food is absolutely delicious. The tap room with nightly entertainment is just terrific fun. The staff is warm and accomadating. Oue room was quite wonderful across the street from the inn and overlooking the garden. We plan to go back again soon!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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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: $225 - $302 (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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