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Overview of The Griswold Inn

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Individually decorated, individually furnished, iron/ironing board
Individually decorated, individually furnished, iron/ironing board
Individually decorated, individually furnished, iron/ironing board
Individually decorated, individually furnished, iron/ironing board

The Griswold Inn

3 out of 5

4.0/5 Very good

Guests rated this property 4.2/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Business services

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing

Explore the area

    Popular LocationEssex Island Marina2 min walk
    Popular LocationConnecticut River Museum2 min walk
    Popular LocationPratt House8 min walk
    AirportNew Haven, CT (HVN-Tweed - New Haven Regional)39 min drive

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Standard Room, Annex Building (One Double Bed)

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Junior Suite

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Double Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed

Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed (Gas Fireplace)

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

About this area


Located in Essex, The Griswold Inn is in the historical district. Tanger Outlets and Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets are worth checking out if shopping is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park and Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park Trail. Essex Steam Train and Childrens Museum of Southeastern Connecticut are also worth visiting.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Essex Island Marina - 2 min walk
  • Connecticut River Museum - 2 min walk
  • Pratt House - 8 min walk
  • Essex Library - 11 min walk
  • Essex Steam Train - 2 min drive

Getting around

  • Old Saybrook Station - 8 min drive
  • Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.) - 56 min drive


  • The Tap Room — 1 min walk
  • Abby's Place - 5 min walk
  • Whistle Stop - 7 min drive
  • Ashlawn Farm Coffee - 7 min drive
  • Monkey Farm - 8 min drive

About this property

The Griswold Inn

3-star hotel near Essex Steam Train
A restaurant, a bar/lounge and concierge services are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, free newspapers and tour/ticket assistance. All rooms are individually decorated and offer free WiFi and free newspapers. Other amenities available to guests include free local calls, hairdryers and showers.
The Griswold Inn offers 33 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with free newspapers and a hairdryer. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access.

Bathrooms include a shower and complimentary toiletries. Business-friendly amenities include telephones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Contactless room service is available.

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks are required at the property
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available

Food and drink

  • Free breakfast available
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • Shopping


  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Gift shop/newsstand

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Bathroom emergency pull cord
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • In-room accessibility
  • Low-height worktop and sink
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning


  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower


  • Free local calls
  • Free newspapers
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

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The average per-night price is based on the lowest price found within the past 24 hours for the next 30 nights. All prices include taxes and fees and are based on a 1-night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Check-in time starts at 2 PM


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Property is also known as

Griswold Essex
Griswold Inn
Griswold Inn Essex
Griswold Hotel Essex
The Griswold Inn Hotel
The Griswold Inn Essex
The Griswold Inn Hotel Essex

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at The Griswold Inn and receive a full refund?
Yes, The Griswold Inn offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to The Griswold Inn cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is The Griswold Inn pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at The Griswold Inn?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at The Griswold Inn?
Check-in begins at 2 PM.
What time is check-out at The Griswold Inn?
Checkout is at 11 AM.
Where is The Griswold Inn located?
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Essex Island Marina and Essex Steam Train. Connecticut River Museum and Pratt House are also within 10 minutes.

Overall score and ratings


Very good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 29 out of 70 reviews
5 - Excellent 41%
Rating 4 - Good. 26 out of 70 reviews
4 - Good 37%
Rating 3 - Okay. 5 out of 70 reviews
3 - Okay 7%
Rating 2 - Poor. 6 out of 70 reviews
2 - Poor 9%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 4 out of 70 reviews
1 - Terrible 6%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
the beginning of a birthday week :-)
we ate dinner (excellent!) in the library (fireplace, cozy), danced in the lounge to Shiny Lapel Trio (wicked fun band! that we follow), stayed over night, (comfortable bed and very cute view overlooking main street).

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Disliked: Room comfort
Fantastic Inn, but the bed was bad.

4/5 Good

Liked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Monday night in the bar with the Sea Chanteys was a real treat.

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Didn't stay left as soon as we saw the room.
the room was not the same as was shown on your web site. 8 x 10 so small it was horrible. we left as they would not give us another room they said the small rooms are the rooms people get when they book through expedia. I called and asked for my money back but have not heard anything back. Your people said they had to get the money back from the griswold before I would get my money back. I recommend expedia not having anything to do with this inn again. I don't think I would book another room through expedia again as this left a really bad taste in my mouth for your web site.

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service

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