The Griswold Inn

The Griswold Inn

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#1 of 1 B&B in Essex
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.3
Service
4.3
Value
3.8
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!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Boating
Highchairs available
Car hire
Gift shop
Street parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Evening entertainment
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
24-hour front desk
Room features
Air conditioning
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Seating area
Separate living room
Sofa
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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bobby k wrote a review Jan 2023
Milford, Connecticut25 contributions3 helpful votes
Property's Favorite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
most amazing saturday night we've had in a long time!!!!!! the hospitality was great. our room was small but only needed it to sleep. the furnishings were beautiful original antiques. we had dinner in one of three historic dining rooms and the food and service were fantastic. went into the tap room for a drink after dinner and spent the entire evening there. there was a local band (local honey project) that was really really good. great people everywhere you turned.. the town of essex it's self was picturesque. i highly recommend the GRIS (as the locals call it). only a two block walk to the ct river and the sunrise was amazing. do your self a favor and go........
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: tap room gets busy but worth it
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seacoastNH wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I recently stayed here after a long day traveling through New England. We were booked into a small 3rd flr room in the old part of the hotel directly above a small outdoor dining patio below. What we were not forewarned about is that a "golden oldies" rock band with their Marshall amps would be playing in the bar with the doors open to the street. Directly below us. Until 11PM. If you plan on turning in before then, I strongly advise booking the more spacious rooms above the gift shop across the street. The property itself is an "antique" and charming and has one of the most amazing collections of early steamship advertising lithos you'll ever see. The blackend chicken sandwich is the best I've ever had and the dining service was excellent. But "caveat emptor" on the room selection if you'll be there during a live music night.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: see review
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VP wrote a review Jun 2022
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Located in the picturesque and historic town of Essex, CT. Surrounded by natural beauty and also had amazing ice cream near the inn. Rooms are historic, without TVs or fridges or microwaves and small but are extremely comfortable, tastefully designed and provide the 'inn' experience without compromising on essentials like a nice attached bathroom with wifi. Also ate at the tap room (children welcome too) where the beer and food was tasty, with ample portions and hospitable staff. Definitely recommend staying here for a day and a night on your way elsewhere.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from The Paul Family, Owner at The Griswold Inn
Responded Jun 28, 2022
Greetings from Essex and The Gris! We're delighted you included our establishment on your itinerary. Though it sounds like you may have been here for a short time, there are many activities offered in Essex and the surrounding areas, particularly at this time of year. So that potential visitors may be aware - we do have 33 guest accommodations which include a number of spacious suites, some with ground floor access if that's important. We thank you for your visit and appreciate you taking the time to share your endorsement. We hope to serve you again in the future!
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Jay1012013 wrote a review Oct 2020
Berlin, New Jersey230 contributions138 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were shopping in Essex and stopped at the Griswold for lunch. It is a nice Inn with a great history. The food and service were very good. We ate outside on a patio across the side street and the tables were spaced out properly and everything was very clean.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from The Paul Family, Owner at The Griswold Inn
Responded Oct 22, 2020
Griswold Greetings! We're delighted you enjoyed your experience with us and appreciate you sharing with potential visitors! Thanks so much for visiting!
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John S., Branford CT wrote a review Dec 2020
Branford, Connecticut7 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose the Griswold Inn for our annual family get-together this year and really glad we did! The meal this past Saturday night was outstanding from the appetizers to the drinks to the dinners, oooh and the deserts! We had the full range from steak to scallops (fab!) to pasta, honestly everything was THAT GOOD! The staff waited on us very attentively which made the whole time even more enjoyable. The Chef readily handled our special requests, and we topped it off with a round of House Special hot-buttered rum. We also stayed that night at the Griswold in one of it's buildings across the street (above the Coffee Room) & it was a gift! In reality, it was a suite with a fireplace that we continued our annual family trip into the wee hours the next day. Sunday morning came with fresh coffee and continental breakfasts all boxed up for us ready within 5 minutes of my phone call. Truly, truly a memorable weekend and we spent the rest of Sunday exploring the shops and museum all along Main Street. Thank-you Griswold Inn for making our annual family trip a most excellent time!! John & Debbie Sedor, Branford, CT
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Date of stay: December 2020
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yle wrote a review Nov 2022
Erie, Pennsylvania4 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The restaurant. We had a family get together at the Griswold Inn for 8 family members from Pa , NY and CT. for which we had tried to have a convenient date for the get together at the Inn for several years! Our table for 8 was in a room off the main section of the restaurant. Soon it became so noisy from nearby tables that hearing our conservations were very difficult. We attempted to close the accordion door - it was broken. Then the dinner. Chowder was sent back because it was not hot. The dinners came and the cod was barely warm and was sent back. Such a disappointment for this special occasion. The restaurant did provide desserts for all of us due to our problems and the desserts were excellent! Overall we were very disappointed with the evening at the Griswold Inn Restaurant.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Susan wrote a review Mar 2022
1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My sisters took me out for a birthday lunch and I was excited to have a nice meal out as it had been a long time since my last restaurant visit. It started out ok. We were seated quickly and our server seemed very attentive - at first.

We ordered our meals and I figured I would take a chance on the steak ciabatta. I normally don't order steak except in a specialty restaurant as it can be chancy, but I figured at an upscale restaurant (and for the price $$$) I could expect a quality cut of meat. I was so wrong. The "steak" was literally inedible. It was a pile of grizzle on ciabatta bread. I was barely able to get a bite off of it, and what little I could manage to separate from the cut was chewy and flavorless. I actually had to spit it out because I couldn't chew it enough to be able to swallow it. My sister had ordered the same meal and said hers was chewy but she was at least able to eat some of it. She didn't finish her sandwich either.

Our server mysteriously decided we were invisible once our meals arrived so no one checked at all to ask how everything was. Had he, I would have sent it back and asked for a different meal. Since he completely ignored us and I was very hungry, not wanting to make a big deal out of this rare quality time with (and gift from) my sisters, I just ate my bread and salad leaving the pile of meat on my plate.

When we FINALLY got his attention, long after my sisters had finished their meals, our waiter just cleared our dishes, never inquiring about how it was and pretending not to notice that I had not eaten any of the meat. He didn't even ask us if we wanted dessert, just brought us the check and walked away. We continued to chat for a while and he came by after about 15 minutes to ask us if we might want a "complimentary coffee or tea" which we declined. I have no idea what kind of tip my sister left but I'll bet it wasn't our usual 20%. I have no plans to return here again.
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Date of stay: March 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Heather B wrote a review Mar 2021
Norwich, Connecticut553 contributions177 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I love everything about Essex, and dining at The Griswold Inn just completes the experience. It is one of the oldest standing Inns in the country. The dining room is chock full of history and artifacts, it's like a museum. There is one room filled with paintings of old ships, it's just fascinating.

Our service has been excellent every time we have visited, and I love the old fashioned garb the servers wear. The clam chowder is mouthwatering and the cheesesteak flatbread is out of this world. we could not get enough of the scallops, I almost wanted to lick the plate!

If you are in the area, you do not want to miss this dining experience.
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Barbara T wrote a review Mar 2023
1 contribution2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family has been celebrating many occasions from birthdays to graduations and others and always thought of the Gris as our special place. The Hunt Breakfast was always our favorite when gathering with multi age groups. We were very disappointed that they had not reinstated the Hunt Breakfast since the pandemic. The menu choices were too few and expensive, pancakes and bacon, $19. The empty dining room reflected the disappointment of the public because in the past there would be a steady stream of people from 11 to 2. I really hope you will rethink the decision not to return the Hunt Breakfast. While we love celebrating there, it won't be for Sunday Brunch.
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Date of stay: March 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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rravid wrote a review Feb 2020
CT14 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have dined at the Griswold Inn Wine Bar on several occasions. It has always been very, very good. However, when we heard that the chef in charge when we had visited previously was no longer at the Wine Bar we were apprehensive about going back. Not to worry! Chef Ferrisi is on top of it. Tonight we enjoyed one of the best meals we have had in a very long time. You may have a better recipe (but I doubt it) for a scallop dish (on a potatoes cake with curried cauliflower puree) but you will never find better preparation of a scallop; perfectly seared and crusty on the outside and creamy on the inside. I raved to my wife as much about the potato cake as I did about the perfectly cooked scallop that she risked anaphylactic shock ( she is allergic to mollusks) to try the potato. She thought that it was worth it and yes, she is ok...thanks for asking. We also shared the Potato gnocchi with carmelized onion, gorgonzola and blue cheese and the white asparagus risotto. Both were very, very good. The only issue is white asparagus. I have never had white asparagus that was not tough and stringy. This was not the exception. But if you are looking for a truly exceptional meal at a very reasonable price, this is the place to go. Actually, it would still be worth it if the price were less reasonable.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Innkeeper1776, Owner at The Griswold Inn
Responded Feb 11, 2020
WOW! Thank you for the wonderful endorsement of our Wine Bar: we're glad you enjoyed a great experience! So that we give credit where credit is due... Though Chef Ferrisi certainly has culinary talent as evidenced by the delicious meals she prepared while she was with us, the experience you recently had was prepared by Executive Chef Toppin and his culinary team. Due to the demands - and joy! - of a young family, Chef Ferrisi decided to take a different path to allow more time with them. Our Wine Bar culinary experience will certainly not suffer: we have a very talented team in place! Personally, we too enjoyed an excellent meal at the Wine Bar recently: the Faroe Island Salmon Macro Plate is superlative! Truly!!! We hope you will come back for "more" and thank you so much for your patronage! With Gratitude, The Paul Family
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bayleadog asked a question Jan 2019
Camillus, New York9 contributions5 helpful votes
If there are no TVs in the rooms, do they have decent wifi available?
Answer from The Paul F
essex
Greetings from The Griswold Inn! Thankfully the TA community reached out to respond to your question. Our apology for not responding until now! (There is a new backend formatting where questions, etc., appear a bit differently and we didn’t see this.) We do have free wi-fi throughout our “campus” and there is a large screen tv on property in one of our common spaces, seldom used. We have found that not having TVs in guest rooms becomes less and less of an “issue” for people these days: many seem to prefer to stream their favorite shows on tablets or even smart phones. Plus - our original reason for not having them - we want people to enjoy all that is special about The Gris and our Tap Room is certainly part of the experience: we feature live music every night of the week! So much fun!!! :)
309allan asked a question Jun 2017
Hyde Park, New York43 contributions11 helpful votes
Do the rooms have tv
Answer from josiern01
Newington, Connecticut
My room did not
Lori G asked a question Jun 2017
Flat Rock, North Carolina
Are there any laundry facilities for guests at the inn?
Answer from The Paul F
essex
Sorry to say - there are no laundry facilities for guests on property. Essex Laundry, however, is within 5 minutes from the Inn.
Catherine D wrote a tip Mar 2024
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Skip the Dining Room"
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bobby k wrote a tip Dec 2023
Milford, Connecticut25 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"great place for all seasons. christmas time here is fantastic"
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Mike R wrote a tip Nov 2023
Smithfield, Rhode Island48 contributions38 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"The menu need updating. Tired options."
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Clifford Driggs Mallory wrote a tip Nov 2023
New York City, New York32 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go to Black Seal down road for meals and shop at J. Aldan."
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bobby k wrote a tip Jan 2023
Milford, Connecticut25 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"tap room gets busy but worth it"
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PRICE RANGE
$276 - $305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
34
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Griswold Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Griswold Inn?
Nearby attractions include Florence Griswold Museum (3.6 miles), Connecticut River Museum (0.1 miles), and Essex Indoor Golf Center (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Griswold Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Griswold Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a fireplace, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at The Griswold Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Griswold Inn?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Griswold Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Penny Lane Pub & Restaurant, Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant, and The Griswold Inn.
Is The Griswold Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Essex.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Griswold Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Griswold Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Florence Griswold Museum (3.6 miles), Lyme Art Association (3.6 miles), and General William Hart House (4.5 miles).
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