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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
Philadelphia PA
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“Always fun to stay at the "Gris"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This was the second year in a row that we stopped at the Griswold Inn and it did not disappoint. Essex is a cute little piece of CT history and the Inn is a central Player in the history of the town. this time, we opted to stay in the annex adjacent to the Inn and the checkin person upgraded us to a mini-suite, complete with a comfy if somewhat time-worn sofa. No TV in the room though I believe there may have been one elsewhere. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate. We ate supper in the Tavern at the Inn, which pours excellent cocktails and offers basic pub food. The Inn has a more formal dining room as well. Parking is on nearby streets. The Inn seems to be very popular with the locals and given the chance, we'll join them there again.




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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Rhinebeck, New York
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232 reviews 232 reviews
44 hotel reviews
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

When you first approach it's really a little difficult to figure out exactly where to go to check in, as the front desk area seems to double also for the restaurant......

But, while I was NOT pleased at all with the wait staff in the restaurant, I can state that the front desk staff was very accommodating, warm and gregarious.

The rooms larger than I expected, but again, finding the room was a little bit confusing..... but it was large, with a sitting area, a very comfortable, but small bed, and an okay bathroom.

Something that I felt was incredibly tacky, and on some levels insulting to guest is something that I have only seen done at hole in the wall hotels...... all of the art work on the walls is actually screwed down to the wall through the front of the frames as though they are afraid that the guest are going to abscond with it! This is an incredibly tacky move on the part of the Inn..... and something that they should change to show some level of class as an establishment...

But other than the restaurant wait staff and the tacky screwed down things, overall the experience was fine. Oh, and as another traveler noted, an upgrade to hot breakfast items would have been appreciated.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We recently stayed in a delux room across the road from the main section of the Griswold inn. The room was very clean and nicely decorated. The bed was comfortable although the sheets are a little to thin and didn't feel like 100% cotton. They made me itch a little . Other than that I really enjoyed our stay in this lovely little town. The food at the Griswold was a very pleasant surprise! We really enjoyed our dinner, and the atmosphere was great. We will most certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

We loved the town and the hotel.. Always something going on. Listening to jazz music while eating lunch and good entertainment in the evening.. We were there in the run up to halloween and all the shops had built scarecrows representing their businesses, very quaint and very american..
Our only complaint was our room was tiny and extremely hot. No window to speak of.. Hotel was full as a wedding in the town, so no chance of changing. Would love to return one day, but would have to insist on a bigger room as the one we had was quite unbearable!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

The Griswold Inn is the oldest running Inn in the U.S. dating from 1776. The rooms are completely renovated and very clean. It is fascinating to stay at this hotel and take in the ambiance and feeling of a place that's been around so long. What's also great is their pub which has live entertainment almost every night. Particularly on Friday's when the have a band that plays great old rock music that you can sing (and dance) along to. The location is also a plus in that it is down the block from the water. You get a very peaceful feeling walking down to the dock. The room rate per night is not cheap, but this is definitely something to experience at least once.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Expensive for what it is as it's the only game in this sleepy town.

Perfect place to stay if you want to be kept awake by banjo or oldies music from the bar, slamming doors from the coffee shop, or straining window air conditioners that sound like laboring airplanes.

Be aware that king beds are actually queen-sized. Do not expect your room to be thoroughly cleaned if you are staying multiple days.

Similarly, do not expect offers of assistance or smiles from most of the staff - the pleasant Irish (?) woman at the front desk is the exception. Want ice? Get it yourself at the bar. Suggestions of where to dine? Good luck with that. This attitude extends to most - but not all - of the Town's shopkeepers as well.

Note that the continental breakfast is extremely limited considering what the room costs. Included are stale bagels, cereal, reasonably tasty muffins, coffee, and the saddest fruit salad I've seen since summer camp.

Having stayed at at least 50 B&Bs and inns over the years, I understand classic and quaint. There's a difference between antique and tired - this place is certainly listing towards the latter.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Having said that, if you want to kick back and wander around looking at OLD buildings (impressively kept up/restored) and walk along the boat-filled shoreline, then this is the place for you. As others have said, shops close early and there is not much in the way of entertainment. About the hotel itself, our room was on the 2nd floor, small, creaky floors, decent mattress, but was very clean which always impresses me. We arrived after 5:00 so the shops were closed, but had a nice glass of wine in the impressive wine bar then moved to the pub for a revolutionary ale (yum) and dinner. My husband's fish/chips were very good and my salad was really good too. There was a guitar playing singer in the pub area and he was very entertaining and friendly. No noise issues, so I had a good night sleep but was up early to catch the sunrise on the harbor and walk the quiet streets before we had to leave. Oh, breakfast was a decent continental--no complaints as it was included and free. What was offered filled me up, but dh stopped for a breakfast sandwich later.

My one complaint would be that there was not a coffee maker in the room--I really like my coffee when I first wake up.

I would go back but my husband was not as impressed as he's not as into historic places as I am. His rating would be lower.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
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Location: United States > Connecticut > Essex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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*
Number of rooms: 33
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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