This is the oldest continuously running Inn and charming. Crooked, wavy floors (be careful if you have had too much to drink!), low ceilings, etc. There is a balance between liking charm and being comfortable however, so just know what you are getting into before you go. We stayed in one of the outbuildings, which has 2 lovely sitting rooms and large conference table and small kitchenette (not full cooking). You can host a meeting or small family reunion here.
The bed and pillows are hard. If you like firm, that won't bother you. The sheets were scratchy and could certainly be softer. The bathroom was tidy and clean, fairly modern, but the water makes a racket, so you can't sleep through anyone in the building taking a shower.
The buildings are on the main street, so it is not quiet. Buildings of that era were, so it is part of the deal. Bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
We ate at their restaurant. The food was very good but largely rich, therefore not so healthy! There were really no "light" options - even the salads.
It is a bit pricey for off season. But if a little quaint getaway is what you are looking for and you can afford the approximately $250/night rates, so for it.
- 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