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Griswold Inn

3.0 of 5
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36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
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Ranked #1 of 1 Essex B&B and Inns
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Amherst, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our anniversary so I really spent a lot of time finding just the right place. I thought I'd found it and reserved a deluxe suite. Well it was anything but. The room was depressingly decorated in browns and mustardy browns, our view was of the parking lot, unless you sat on the bed, and then it wasn't a... More 

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New Milford, Connecticut
3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We decided to take a drive to Essex to check out The Griswold Inn after having been wanting to go for some time. We had a day off and was a good opportunity to check it out. When we arrived the entry to both check in and restaurant were a bit blended oddly and not welcoming as the ladies at... More 

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Killingworth, Connecticut
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33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was attentive; waitress accommodating and friendly. Buffet, not lavish, but replenished frequently with standard, basic fare such as salads, fish in cream sauce, meatloaf, fried chicken along with waffles/toppings and an omelet station. All was freshly prepared with some selections tastier than others. A real bonus was the Jazz music making the breakfast experience a real pleasure and enjoyable.... More 

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grisresponder, Owner at Griswold Inn, responded to this review

We thank you for joining us on Fathers' Day to enjoy our popular Sunday Hunt Breakfast. Our guests typically enjoy this tradition quite a bit: they love the wide variety of breakfast and lunch offerings - particularly the made-to-order omelet and Belgian waffle stations. And given the price, it is certainly a value! Guests also like the fact that we... More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a bit disappointing to find the Griswold Inn lacking in the charm we expect from such a "name" place. The staff were very friendly, if not too efficient, but the room was small and devoid of amenities and the charm did not make up for it. It was $169 for a Sunday night which should buy more. There... More 

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Trinity, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staying at the historical Griswold Inn was a memorable event. Inn staff was friendly and efficient. Tavern was enjoyable and food was good. Certainly appointed with lots of interesting quality memorabilia. Being old and authentic can make for some challenges however. Some of the rooms are down a few doors so you do go outside from reception desk to get... More 

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Lehi, Utah
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20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We had read other reviews, so chose a room on the third floor of the inn--away from the pub. It was quiet and very comfortable. The lighting in the room was the biggest drawback--you could hardly read in the evening, and the bathroom was also very inadequate for lighting. If you can't negotiate steep narrow stairs, a room elsewhere in... More 

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

On the way home from a recent trip to N.Y. , my friend and I stopped here, since it's a half way point for us, and we wanted to end our trip with an elegant dinner. It was early, so we were the only people in the Library where we were seated and thus had excellent service, wonderful food and,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Superb accommodations and hospitality! We stayed at the Gris five years ago, and will probably return in 2020. It's like stepping back in time, but with the conveniences of the present. We took a tour of the him after breakfast, and were treated to a showcase of artwork and furnishings that can't be matched. The Gris is an experience not... More 

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Denton, Texas
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37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

While driving back home from my project in Connecticut, we dropped into The Griswold Inn for lunch. Having heard a lot of good about the Inn we actually went a little out of our way for the visit, and it was worth every minute. A very beautiful, historic property, in an idealistic setting. We were seated promptly for lunch, a... More 

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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We were too tired to really appreciate, but what a find. Antique room with amazing shower & comfy bed. My wife loved her beef but my chicken was a bit ordinary. Breakfast was nice. Good staff. Wonderful little village for a few hours. Will remember it for a long time.

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