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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


4.0 Very Good 384 Reviews
Review of the Tap Room
Reviewed 20 hours ago

Stayed here a couple of times in the past so well aware of the history and comfort of the rooms. The enemy and I now live just 20-25 mins away, so decided to head to The Tap Room Saturday night for a change. What a terrific evening..no reservations for that part of the establishment, but grabbed an excellent Limbo (IPA) while listening to the pianist finish up her stint (4pm-7pm), and lurking with intent at a couple's table close by as they finished up their drinks. Had a first class dinner from a pleasingly brief menu..potato cakes with sour cream/apple sauce and clam chowder to start, very lightly breaded shrimp and fish and chips, sticky toffee and a salted chocolate caramel tart to finish. in the interim, a couple of hilarious guys came out for the 2nd set around 8.30pm by which time the place was packed, and lapping up the 'Oirish' themed song choices.Other than a slightly miserable barmaid, a cracking evening and will certainly be back. With a couple more beers and a glass of pinot grigio, $98 before tip..great value. Recommend arriving the same time as we did..circa 6pm - 6.30pm if you want to be in The Tap Room and not the dining room. Go.

Treat yourself!!!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an fabulous, unexpected find! My husband and I stumbled upon this super quaint town and stayed at this wonderful inn!! The host was extremely courteous, the food was delicious, and atmosphere was just delightful!! LOVED the Griswold and the town it is in!!

A winter get away
Reviewed 1 month ago

We just spent two nights at the Griswold Inn, Essex CT. We’ve stayed there before, many years ago (30?) in the summer rather than off season. We loved it then and we loved it now. The staff was warm and helpful. We wanted a first floor room and we asked to have two comfortable chairs where we could sit and read. The room we were assigned was lovely but had only one chair. When we questioned that, we were told “no problem, we’ll bring you a second chair.” Instead we were moved to another first floor room, just as comfortable, more spacious and with the two requested chairs. Often, when we stay at inns, we find the lighting dim. This room was bright, attractive, very clean and quiet. We ate both nights at the tavern. The food was good, especially the potato pancakes, an unusual but very satisfying appetizer. The piano player was excellent. It was early in the week and early in the evening so few people were there but those that were sang along and told jokes—all in all, a warm and memorable winter evening! It was fun to fantasize about the lives of the many people who have stayed at the Gris since 1776!

History, great food, convivial atmosphere....and music every night!
Reviewed 1 month ago

We have been to the Griswold Inn for lunch many times as we live within an hour of Essex. After reading in "Taverns of the American Revolution" by Adrain Covert (a great guide for travelers seeking such places) that the Gris is the oldest continually operating inn in Connecticut, we decided to spend a night. Our room was a lovely suite with a sitting room, bathroom, four-poster bed, push-button fireplace, attractive marine art, and all spotlessly clean for $250. We love the feel of the inn and always enjoy a drink and in the tap room. We started there with a drink and snack and were amazed to learn that our server, Lynn Ann, has worked at the Gris for 30 years - a testament to a happy staff and a well-run establishment. For dinner, we had a table by the fireplace in the library dining room. Again, we loved the feel of the cranberry red walls and shelves of vintage books. Dinner was delicious (trout for my husband, salmon for me) and we enjoyed chatting with our friendly server, Lindsay. After dinner, we were lured back to the tap room by the sound of robust singing. It was sea chantey night with The Jovial Crew - a tradition begun by lead singer Cliff for 47 (!!) years! The room was packed with regulars and everyone knew the words and belted them out. It was a joyous, companionable evening and we so look forward to our next stay there.

Reviewed 1 month ago

This was a great place to eat lunch. All ships in frames on ceiling staff was very helpful. Due to my food allergies they checked with the chef. Great selections I had a turkey sandwich.with a salad. The sandwich was huge. Only $12. They also make their own chips. Fireplace very effective. We will be back.