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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


Quaint but missing amenities for the price

Stayed here for two nights along with four of our friends we were travelling around New England with . Very pretty. Great communal areas to socialise, restaurant great, staff lovely. Tiny staircases to our rooms, noisy rooms , had no idea we would hear loud live music til midnight which meant we didn’t get to sleep til after it went quiet about 1am. No tea/ coffee making in room , don’t like having to go down two difficult sets of stairs to ge a drink from the reception and having to ask for it.no tv in the very tiny room which wasn’t a problem for us but would be for some. Overall we felt it was charming and pretty but just not worth the very high price tag.

Great old world feel in the restaurant

Loved the old muskets and pistols on display and the food and drinks were good as well. One of the oldest bars in the country. Service was very good and helpful. Second time being there and enjoyed the burger at lunch.

Charming but over priced and dusty
Suzanne J

We had a suite above the gift shop across the street from the Inn. The entire place is indeed charming as is the area. We had a 2 room suite with a marvelous gas fireplace that was amazing. The rooms are large. The bed was rather comfortable. The bathroom seems a bit moldy and in need of a paint job although it was clean. The sink had a crack. All perfectly okay - easy to overlook however we paid a high rate! For what we paid it is not up to par. There was dust and one window did not have a screen. The floors are crooked the building is old. I could hear others in the same building - rather disappointing for the cost of the suite. The free breakfast was really unacceptable although the coffee was good. They offer cheap store bought muffins and bagels nothing one would expect again for the price paid close to $300 for one night. We did not eat at the Inn but after breakfast we toured the empty restaurant to take in the history hanging on the walls. The entire place was beyond dusty it was inches of dust and this is where people eat. My husband had a mold reaction during our stay - the place needs a deep cleaning the dinning rooms are thick with dust. Really disturbing. Old and crooked low ceilings all are for the charm ....the dust and cob webs are not charming. We will not return.