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Griswold Inn

3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
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Ranked #1 of 1 Essex B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ringoes, New Jersey
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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10 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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York, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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5 helpful votes 5 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
40 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I used to live in Essex. Returning for two nights at The Gris was like old home week in many ways....and more. We took a lovely room on the third floor of the main building; quiet, comfortable, and very nicely appointed. We took almost all of our meals in the Dining Room. The staff were warm and friendly, really making... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is a great location and the people are quite friendly. That is about all that earns it two stars instead of one. The room we had was dingy and has needed to be painted for some time now. The walls are dirty and all marked up. The bathroom has two tiny candelabra bulbs, one of which was burned out.... 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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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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