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Griswold Inn

3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
karyn626 Southbury, Connecticut
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Southbury, Connecticut
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed at the Inn this past weekend. We were in room 2. Quiet and peaceful, although it was a Sunday night. The whole street was asleep :) Our stay was average. No one really seemed to care if we were there or not, unfortunately. My husband had asked for a bit of special treatment for me... More

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Lawrence, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The town is magical as is the historic nature and ambiance of the hotel. It is like staying in a museum. Nevertheless, the rooms need refurbishing especially the window treatments and very noisy window a/c. The service and people are wonderful as is the location but be forewarned as to what you will be getting. All said though we really... More

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Ringoes, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

and each time we check in we're asked if this is our first time. Odd, in the digital age. The Inn is lovely, but they do seem to have lightbulb problems (ours was out in the shower) as others have mentioned - disconnect between housekeeping and management, I guess The bar is lively on a Friday night with a great... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Everytime we come to this beautiful part of America we visit this place, the food is ok, the drinks great but the ambiance is magic! The village of Essex is worth the visit alone but this pub just makes

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

a lovely place to stay, we only stayed one night en route to NH. The room was lovely and included a sitting room, we stayed in the annex next door which was very quite, not sure if the band could be heard in the main hotel but definitely not in the annex. The people were so friendly and the food... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

If you are looking for a modern hotel with flat screen TVs, elevators and every room exactly the same, this is not your ideal hotel. If you are looking for super friendly staff, old world charm, authentic furnishings and a beautiful inn experience in a historic New England Town, then this is definitely your hotel.

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cape cod, mass
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I agree with the last reviewer that although the "Gris" has its faults, it offers so much by way of character and authenticity that all imperfections are forgotten. My husband and I have returned again and again for over thirty years and love that almost everything has remained the same: a few updates, yes, but definitely not drastic modernizations. Staying... More

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3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

It's interesting reading the other reviews of The Griswold Inn as I find myself agreeing with both the negative and positive comments expressed. And it is this very dichotomy of expectation that is both the charm and the problem with the Inn. On the one hand, its rusticity is what makes it unique and appealing. Viewed from a different perspective,... More

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Kensington, Connecticut
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

After having difficulties with the manager, I feel we were put in the worst room at the inn. Never accept Room number two especially on a Saturday night when they have the sing along in the bar,unless you don't want to get to sleep until after 1 a.m. Extremely loud rude people with no respect for the paying over night... More

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5 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The Gris is a well known historical inn in a great location in beautiful Essex and is in serious need of some updated facilities and maintenance. Mattresses are old and uncomfortable, shower (tub) doors falling apart, furniture in dining room in need of replacement before it collapses. It appears owners are living off their reputation and location and not investing... More

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Address: 36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
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Location: United States > Connecticut > Essex
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Griswold Inn 3*
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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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 nouvelle cuisine wine bar, and a taproom considered by some to be" the most handsome barroom in America", 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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