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Staten Island
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We just returned from the historic Griswold Inn in Essex. We had a wonderful time. The inn was all decorated for the holidays and we fell into the warm ambience that the inn exuded. From the moment checking in with Moira to joining in with the Friday and Saturday evening activities in the Tap Room, we felt the inn's charm....

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Staten Island, New York
INNKEEPER’S FAVOURITE REVIEW
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Having the surname "Griswold" piqued our curiosity about this accommodation and the Essex, CT area. We visited for 2 nights and were simply amazed by the The Griswold Inn itself and the town that surrounds it. Visiting the Inn is like stepping back 240 years in time but with a modern twist. The Inn has managed to preserve the flavor...

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grisresponder, Owner at Griswold Inn, responded to this review

Thank you Peggy GRISWOLD for sharing your comments with the Trip Advisor community about your recent visit to Essex and The 'Gris' - both very special spots in our humble opinion as well. :) We are delighted, of course, that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay. Your comment "visiting the Inn is like stepping back 240 years in time but with...

Durham, Connecticut
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always wanted to go here, when we were in Essex. Decided to go for our Anniversary. Food was great, but we were seated at a small table in a corner. No other patrons in the room, felt like we were separated from everything. Would have liked a better area and table. Next time we will request a table near the...

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Stamford, Connecticut
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I'd dined and lunched at the Griswold Inn in passing over the years but had never taken the opportunity to spend the night in this fabled hostelry. The fact that the Gris dates its founding to 1776 makes it intriguing, but I wasn't sure the room would be 21st-century appropriate. Our room, as it turned out, wasn't in the main...

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The atmosphere is the plus at Griswold especially at Christmas. The food is overpriced and average but total experience makes it worth going to. It is an early American, rustic atmosphere, staff was pleasant and attentive to serving us. The cuisine is New England, my dinner, fish was a little greasy. In all, I recommend Griswold Inn for an enjoyable...

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Blue Springs, Missouri
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We met up with the family while visiting Connecticut at this lovely restaurant. It is located in downtown Essex, a quaint town that has retained the New England ambience. The food was excellent with a wide variety; cocktails were very good; and their service was also very good. The atmosphere gave us an opportunity to hear eacwh other and the...

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Essex, Connecticut
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I recently dined with a party of 8 at the Griz. From beginning to end our evening was great. We were pleasantly greeted and escorted to a round table in the middle of the dining room. The taproom was full as regulars were waiting for the popular sea shanty singers. It was a festive vibe from the moment we walked...

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Tallahassee, Florida
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This inn is truly exceptional. It dates back to revolutionary war days, & each room is unique with furnishings reflecting the time period. Essex CT, the town it is located in, was once a shipbuilding town in the 1800's, & the beautiful ships built there ferried passengers to & from various port cities in NY, NJ, etc. in the late...

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Chatham, Massachusetts
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Every year college sorority sisters from long ago, along with husbands gather in a different location simply to enjoy each other and whatever the locale has to offer. This year at The Griswold Inn was fabulous because of the food, the company, the music, the accommodations and warmth of the front desk ladies--Maura and Kate. Our three days were fabulous!

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Hartford, Connecticut
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Living in central Connecticut I have dined at "The Gris" periodically over the last many years, usually for a special celebration, sometimes just for lunch, and a couple of times just to imbibe in the Taproom. The atmosphere is warm and charming and a highlight of every visit, particularly if you are nautically inclined. Some meals have been memorable and...

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  • Free Breakfast
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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 

Additional Information about Griswold Inn

Address: 36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426
Region: United States > Connecticut > Essex
Price Range: $94 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Griswold Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 33
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“Sorry...we just had dinner ha, ha...but there was a large group of people arriving for a wedding party...!”
 of 5 bubbles fuzzylablover, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We did not stay at the hotel, only went there for lunch.”
 of 5 bubbles CTJodi, 4 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We did not stay at the Inn, enjoyed the Inn Pub and dining.”
 of 5 bubbles marw771, 28 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The rooms outside of the main inn are quieter. Inside the inn you can sometimes hear music from the bar.”
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