Ratings based on 36 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.2 Room cleanliness
4.2 Service & staff
3.5 Room comfort
3.8 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
by A verified traveler
Posted Dec 1, 2013
The price reflects the location and the history, not the size or comfort of the rooms.
for Everyoneby debbie from Florida
Nice historic propertyPosted Nov 30, 2013
Pros: Historic presence
Cons: Comfort, tv, furniture
Was extremely historic in the sense that there was not a tv in the room, old furniture, not soft and comfortable by any means. Did the job but probably would not book there again, as I would want more creature comforts.
for Couplesby JE from Boston, MA
A Unique ExperiencePosted Nov 26, 2013 on Hotels.com
The Gris is a legend beyond the standard hotel criteria. Yes, the floors creak and slope, the furnishings are ancient, and the rooms are small, but that's to be expected from an old New England Inn. Bed linens from the past 20 years might be a palpable improvement to the rooms. But frankly no one stays there for the rooms - they stay for the restaurant, wine bar, and lively tavern below (of note, the tavern was totally inaudible from our room, which was nice). It is a lively scene in a unique setting - just don't expect the Ritz-Carlton when staying for the night.
by A verified traveler
Posted Nov 16, 2013
for Everyoneby Elena from Santa Monica, Calif
Historic hotel in charming 18th century villaqgePosted Nov 11, 2013
Pros: Built in 1778 and people today can still there!
Bedroom and bath are small but they were build long. ago. The Hot strong shower, 19th c. anitique bed and bureau, large thirsty towels, and lovely public rooms were perfect for us.
for Everyoneby Mary Ellen from Chelmsford, MA
A Wonderful ExperiencePosted Nov 1, 2013
Pros: I loved the feeling that you get when you walk into the main office and into your room.
Cons: The reservation was for 2 double beds and the gentleman at the front desk stated it was for a queen bed only. Expedia needs to improve this.
The Griswold Inn is the perfect stop to experience Autumn in New England, even though I have lived in MA my whole life. It was a Friday night and the band was playing (they are fantastic) in the lounge when we arrived. Very rustic, quaint, warm and homey. I felt like a queen in my bed, which was very comfortable. It is located right in the middle of very quaint shops in Essex. It was a quick stop (1 night) but I keep thinking that I need to get back down there as soon as possible and really enjoy all that the Griswold and Essex has to offer.
by ML from Rochester, NY
Disappointing Overnight StayPosted Oct 29, 2013
Pros: the ambiance of the bar and restaurant, a very interesting place and we would enjoy dining and drinks here again. Continental breakfast appreciated.
Cons: Complete redecoration of hallways and room.
Location: Beautiful location in a quaint village with a beautiful waterfront, lovely shops. A great stop if traveling by boat.
This is a very old Inn set in a charming town of Essex. Unfortunately our room was shabby and uncomfortable due to stained and old and dirty carpeting with visible dust around the edges of the room. We immediately faced a window over the bed with a filthy screen that looked on a dirty building. To the right of the window was an old air conditioner poorly built into the wall with gobs of solid foam sticking out all over with visible dirt. Thankfully we did not have to turn it on. There was one chair in the room which also was old and dirty with thread bare arms and the filling showing through. Everything was old and uncared for. Wallpaper was peeling and it was obvious both the room and the hallways had not had a fresh coat of paint in some time. I believe the furniture were antiques but not refinished and polished. No TV in the room, but we did have internet. The bathroom although small was clean and adequate. We asked for a change but were told the only thing available was a deluxe suite way above our room price. We did enjoy the bar and restaurant. Food and drinks were very good. WE would not take a chance of staying overnight here again.
for Everyoneby Charles from Springfield, MO
Stay in Essex CTPosted Oct 19, 2013
Pros: The evening meal was outstanding and the continental breakfast very good. The room was surprisingly quiet considering the age and nature of the inn.
Booked the room about 2 months before scheduled stay. This is an old, historic inn. The room was very comfortable with the exception of being hard to keep the temperature at a comfortable level for sleeping (hot, typical for such rooms from my experience). The hotel has a bar and restaurant which is very popular in the area as the evening meal was excellent and worth the stay in itself. The area is beautiful for early morning or late evening walks with a lot of older historic homes in the quiet area.
for Overnight Stay Before Destinationby A verified traveler
Posted Oct 4, 2013 on Hotels.com
Mattress was old and uncomfortable
by Gail from Kalamazoo, MI
The hotel is historic, but beaten historic.Posted Oct 1, 2013
Pros: The marketing that got me in there.
Cons: Um......how about a tad of caring?
Location: Old seaport charm in the town.
0 smiles. The hotel is historic to look at, and to read about. The room we stayed in struggled to decide if it was dingy, shabby chic or historic. Broken dresser drawers, chintzy bed and broken toilet made it seem cheap in a building that screamed to arriving guests that it was a special experience because it has been there since the 1600's. Cool- but the dresser shouldn't still be there from 1920 if the drawers are busted. I wanted to think I was in a historic place, but I was thinking more of a really cheap motor court cottage from Oklahoma I had to stay in when my car broke down unexpectedly. Maybe staff and entertainment was a bit burned out at end of season, but it really was nothing worth writing home about except the ceiling is reportedly made of horsehair and crushed crabshells. Considering it's age, the old inn does not wear it's age well or gracefully. For what we were charged at end of season rates for a room at roadside (quiet town), I would compare to the equally historic Thayer at West Point which is half the price and four times the class and pride in accomodations. This "Gris" was a disppointment and somewhat of a gimmick. Nice place to take photos of it in the beautiful town of Essex- but I won't stay there overnight again. $$$$$$ for 0 smiles.