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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 375 Reviews
Fab Lunch !
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 was so busy was a tribute to the good food and welcoming atmosphere.

21st century comfort in historic 18thC Colonial Inn
Reviewed 2 months ago

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 taken to our room (in one of the annex buildings) which we found spacious, updated and with a comfortable bed and modern bathroom. We immediately went to the Snug (bar) where an excellent 5 piece jazz group was performing. The place was packed with everyone having a great time. That evening we had dinner in the main dining room after cocktails in the Snug where and acoustic guitarist was entertaining another enthusiastic crowd. The dining room menu is creative and we enjoyed outstanding dinners & service. The Griswold provided and outstanding Autumn experience so we will doubtless return when next in the area.

Cute and Cosy but Room 39 is for earlybirds only!
Reviewed 2 months ago

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 Suite with Queen Bed and Pullout. The space is great, a little private apartment with a main sitting room, fireplace and a separate bedroom, plus little hallway between so lots of privacy.

BUT it is not in the main hotel - it's across the street above the coffee shop. There is a small winding staircase to get to the room (which I found cute but be aware you have to be able to navigate narrow stairs), which means you are literally ON TOP of the coffee shop. The light jazz starts around 5am, and the sounds of coffee being made are ongoing all morning. And yes, you can hear it all perfectly in the room. We could hear when they switched from jazz to Eddie Vedder. It would have been nice to sleep later. I'd like to be informed at the time of booking that this room has regular noise from a coffee shop. Other than that, very nice stay!

So-so lunch
Reviewed 2 months ago

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 we were told they were “unavailable.”) The wait staff were all pleasant but the service was mediocre. The clam chowder was delicious but my crab quiche was bland. Prices are on the high side.

Pan seared "salty" scallops, atmosphere great, service okay
Reviewed 2 months ago

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.