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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Griswold Hotel Essex