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Located in Essex, The Griswold Inn is in the historical district and minutes from Essex Island Marina and Connecticut River Museum. This inn is within close proximity of Pratt House and Essex Library.


Make yourself at home in one of the 33 individually decorated guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include complimentary newspapers and irons/ironing boards, as well as phones with free local calls.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Make use of convenient amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access and gift shops/newsstands.

Food & Drink

Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of The Griswold Inn.

Business & Travel Amenities

Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

The Griswold Inn
36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States



Notwithstanding living within a 35 minute drive of Essex (residence - Mystic), my daughters surprised my wife and I with a unique birthday present - an overnight stay at the historic Griswold Inn to include dinner and continental breakfast. Arriving on a Thursday night in late July, there was ample street parking nearby; additional parking is available in a lot across the street. The desk clerk promptly processed registration and issued two keys, one for our room, the other for access to an adjacent building with 18th century decor and several rooms for reading, conversation, or watching television (there are no televisions in the Griswold Inn individual rooms). Our room was immaculate and beautifully furnished with 17th Century antiques. The king size bed was very comfortable; bathroom was upgraded with modern fixtures maintaining the look of antiques. During a stroll around old Essex before dinner, we chanced upon "Thursdays on the Dock" entertainment at the Connecticut River Museum. Geoffrey Kaufmanm, a very talented guitarist and singer of folk songs and sea shanties, provided interesting commentary along with authentic songs of yesteryear. Having enjoyed the immediate vicinity, we returned to the Griswold Inn for dinner and relaxation. (See TripAdvisor report - Griswold Inn Dining). I highly recommend the Griswold Inn where you can enjoy the Circa 17th Century ambiance without sacrificing modern amenities.

A real working class property in good old Essex

The rooms appear to be an addition to a great local bar and restaurant. I'm guessing about 15 rooms, clean, early "we're an historic inn" approach, with bathrooms that are clean if nothing else.
Good enough!! Great town to walk around.

I am flummoxed.......mixed review......

I've stayed at the Inn before. Needless to say, the town of Essex is charming w/a capital C.The Inn exudes timelessness and brings one back to another time. I've also had other rooms which were wonderful. I stayed on a Tues. night and the Inn was quiet. I was given Rm 20 and moved Rm 22 which had a "view" of the parking lot. Both rooms required a shoe horn (for the modern traveler)provided one was as lithe as a ballet dancer or gymnast..The bathroom had no room to even put a toothbrush. The mattress dated back to the middle of the last millennium. The shower however was great- surprisingly powerful and invigorating The couple above decided to get amorous at 0530 .. Well, enough said. Thank you for sharing. Oh, while I am grateful for the breakfast, it was rather prosaic and uninspiring.

My point is- the inn is very special. I think you have to be very, very selective which room you get. Some of the flaws you have to take tongue in cheek, it's an authentic Inn rich in character and history-not a Marriott in Dothan, AL or Topeka, KS. Those 2 rooms should at the very least be discounted and occupants forewarned. The food is always good, The wine room has good Karma. The music at night when I was there consisted of a guitarist and bass player and they were memorable and terriffic w/the crowd.

Oh, loved the beds from Leonards Antiques!