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Griswold Inn

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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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Grade: 66 out of 100
10Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
7Attractionswithin 0.5 km
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loved the Christmas atmosphere here in the Restaurant - it was very cosy . The Waitress couldn’t have been more helpful and was very friendly. I loved the corned beef hash quiche which was very light and extremely tasty . The fact that the restaurant...More

Thank lynnel41
Response from Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold InnResponded 5 days ago

Griswold Greetings! We're delighted you enjoyed your experience with us and thank you for visiting. We hope you'll be back for more! As a matter of possible interest for this year or next...every evening in December through the 30th you may also enjoy being served...More

Reviewed 30 October 2018

The Griswold may be one of the oldest continuously run Inns in the country and for good reason; the place is full of colonial ambience providing exceptional comfort for it's guests. My wife and I arrived on a Sunday afternoon and were warmly welcomed and...More

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Response from Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold InnResponded 31 October 2018

Greetings from The Gris! Thanks so much for staying with us and for sharing your experience with fellow travelers - and potential guests. :) We’re delighted you enjoyed our spot and look forward to your return! There are so many “dimensions” to enjoy at our...More

Reviewed 27 October 2018

The property is as charming and quaint as you'd expect, and the staff was warm and welcoming. They have tea and coffee available all the time for guests, which was great on the cold fall night. However, beware of room #39 - it's a Deluxe...More

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Response from Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold InnResponded 4 November 2018

Greetings from The Gris! We so appreciate you staying with us! We have 34 guest accommodations on property. Though most are located in the main building, we do have several others that are located in the seven other historic structures that comprise The Griswold Inn...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018

Recently met friends for lunch at this iconic inn. The atmosphere was cozy and inviting on a brisk October day. The three of us were seated at a huge table even though there were several smaller, unoccupied tables. (When we asked for a smaller table...More

1  Thank E9600YXsusans
Response from Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold InnResponded 4 November 2018

Thanks so much for patronizing our spot. We're not sure exactly WHAT happened on the day you came in: it is unfortunate that your experience was less than stellar. Since, thankfully, your situation is a bit of an anomaly, we do hope you will come...More

Reviewed 18 October 2018

Have been there many times, just so-so, place is beautiful, old, and charming. Food is okay, never a big fan of the food. Bathrooms ok, small. Parking is terrible. Essex is nice, but sadly over run with tourists.More

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Response from Innkeeper1776, Owner at Griswold InnResponded 4 November 2018

Greetings from Essex and The Gris! It is highly unfortunate that your experience with us has not been up to our standards. Of course we strive to have everyone who walks through our door leave having enjoyed a memorable experience so your comments are important...More

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24 June 2017|
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Response from Innkeeper1776 | Property representative |
Sorry to say - there are no laundry facilities for guests on property. Essex Laundry, however, is within 5 minutes from the Inn.
Room Tips
"#39 is above a coffee shop (very noisy); also narrow staircase to room"
26 Oct. 2018
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"did not stay there, only had lunch"
17 Oct. 2018
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"I recommend the rooms in the Main Building."
15 Oct. 2018
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"We’ve only eaten here. Never stayed."
20 Aug. 2018
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