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36 Main St, Essex, CT 06426-1132
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 06/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 06/24/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


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
Highchairs available
Shuttle bus service
Meeting rooms
Street parking
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Evening entertainment
Board games / puzzles
Car hire
Taxi service
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
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Room features
Air conditioning
Seating area
Separate living room
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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EuroRitz wrote a review Jul 17
Orlando, Florida8 contributions2 helpful votes
So much to say but to keep it short and sweet, the Inn had great helpgull staff. They helped me pick a very quaint room that the whole family enjoyed. It was very clean and accessible. Food at the Inn is very good. The breakfast was simple but the lunch choices are great. I will look forward to stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
stargazer20 wrote a review Jul 7
Connecticut37 contributions26 helpful votes
I have dined twice in two weeks at the Griswold Inn. . Fabulous food, service, and overall wonderful historic aesthetic. Just a delight time after time. The rolls are served warm and are just delicious. Don't miss it!
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Date of stay: July 2021
subramanian_ravi wrote a review Jun 2021
Connecticut29 contributions10 helpful votes
Had a casual coffee and dessert sitting outside the inn...the weather was great and the staff was super friendly. Everyone was having a good time... need to come back again to check out the main course..
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Date of stay: June 2021
milliegordon2 wrote a review Jun 2021
Southbury, Connecticut539 contributions154 helpful votes
A group of friends went here for lunch on a weekday. We don't live nearby so it had been 30 years since we had been there. What a wonderful lunch we had. The inn remains the same - charming and full of character. The food was very good and moderately priced. It will become a destination spot again, soon.
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Date of stay: June 2021
seacoastNH wrote a review Jun 2021
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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
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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 Ivoryton Playhouse (2.9 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 Liv's Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Penny Lane Pub & Restaurant, and River Tavern.
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).