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.
- 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