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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 2013
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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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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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114 reviews 114 reviews
39 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Jacksonville, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tapas were absolutely phenomenal and the atmosphere is cosy with an old rustic Connecticut touch. Would recommend it to anyone. They are accommodating for people with children as well. I have been twice now and was wonderful both times.

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Charming old historic inn! Our room was very clean nicely decorated - second floor older room in oldest section- antique wide planked floors, antique furniture very nice! Arrived late after the restaurant closed and staff did accommodate a light meal for us which was fine as hungry and on road and everything in town was closed. Live music was very... More

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New Fairfield, Connecticut
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My husband and I stayed at this wonderful Bed and Breakfast this past weekend. The Inn was just beautiful! Our room on the 2nd floor had the view of the main street. The historical feeling of the little village was just wonderful. This Inn also has a Wine Bar which is where we started our evening with tapa's and a... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I took my wife for a one-night stay in celebration of her birthday. Upon arrival we were greeted by Stephanie, the manager on premises at the time who exuded the sort of pride and attentiveness that you might expect only from a property owner. Her enthusiasm and pride would continue to light up our night. At the front desk, Jared... More

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Beaufort, SC
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We've stayed many times at the Griswold over the years and love the ambiance, the lovely paintings and prints and the food. This visit was a little disappointing as the room was next to the dumpsters, the "fireplace" though cute couldn't be seen from the bed or chairs, the fan in the bathroom was so loud you couldn't think, and... More

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

From the moment we drove up Main St. and walked into "The Gris", I knew that this was going to be an experience that you can't find anywhere else. The Gris has it's on character that can't be duplicated or faked, it's curated very carefully down to the period piece furniture, artwork on the walls and fireplaces in the wall.... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

My husband and I started staying at the Griswold Inn in 1988 intermittently over the years, especially around the xmas holidays. It's been a while since our last visit and although we always enjoyed our previous stays and have fond memories - our recent stay this past weekend was absolutely awful and a RIP OFF. There were only two rooms... More

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grisresponder, Owner at Griswold Inn, responded to this review

We were surprised and disappointed to discover your review and are so very sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations. As you are a repeat guest and enjoyed your previous stays, you would know this particular stay was an unfortunate anomaly. Our objective, of course, is to meet the expectations of all of our guests and to make... More

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Also Known As:
Griswold Hotel Essex
Griswold Hotel
Address: 36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
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Location: United States > Connecticut > Essex
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Griswold Inn 3*
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 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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