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Griswold Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Essex B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Spent four nights of a supremely beautiful and warm Connecticut River week in two different rooms at the Gris. First room was a superior cottage -- couldn't stand up in the shower (I'm 6'6"). Second room was on 2nd floor of one of the outbuildings -- shower worked fine, but I carved my scalp a few times walking under the three thresholds in the room. Beds were comfortable. Buildings (neither of these was part of the original inn) had a rustic charm -- windows without screens (but we propped them open for some wonderful night air), rough-hewn furniture.. Amenities were few, but that's fine. Mostly well-kept, but the Venetian blinds can use a good dusting. A nice Continental self-service breakfast with good coffee. Front desk staff was very accommodating. Newer wine bar was nice but closes way too early (around 930-10). Older bar had so-so rock bands that played until 11-midnight... wouldn't want to try to sleep in the main building while that was going on. Didn't try the main restaurant this time (last ate there about 20 years ago), but had some good meals in Middletown (Esca, Luce) and an unbelievably good breakfast at the Whistle Stop in Deep River (thanks, Yelp!). Don't expect fancy, but do expect a quiet, charming town with a lot of boaters.

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New Haven, CT
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

We stayed at the Gris for a random Friday night to get away from the stuff at home that distracts us for enjoying each others company and having a good time. We had dinner at the Inn, which was good comfort food and slept soundly in our rooms.. with no TV. We then explored Essex and went up to Chester for a great lunch. As an escape from the 'modern' world, this place can't be beat.

Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stratford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

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.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Northport, New York
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

The Gris is in the heart of this small town; the location, on Main Street, is ideal. My room was ok; the bathroom was retrofit with a fiberglass stall shower; toiletries , linens and continental breakfast, included in the price of the room, were adequate. The inn has a monopoly on location, but misses the mark with the details.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Westbury, New York
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Our suite at the inn was large, very comfortable and furnished with beautiful antiques. There were on two small problems....no TV in the rooms (my fault for not asking) and we had to cross the street to get to the main building to eat. Not a big deal because we picked an extraordinarily unseasonable February day but if the weather had been the usual February it would have been annoying. But the place was hopping, dinner was great and they even give you breakfast.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Griswold Inn

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 (per night): ₹ 4,536 - ₹ 7,777
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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