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

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 LocationPratt House8 min walk
    Popular LocationEssex Steam Train2 min drive
    AirportNew Haven, CT (HVN-Tweed - New Haven Regional)39 min drive

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  • Standard Room, Annex Building (One Double Bed)

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Double Bed
    More detailsStandard Room, Annex Building (One Double Bed)
  • Junior Suite

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 4
    • 1 Double Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed
    More detailsJunior Suite
  • Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed (Gas Fireplace)

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 4
    • 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed
    More detailsDeluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed (Gas Fireplace)
  • Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsStandard Room, 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.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Essex Island Marina - 2 min walk
  • Pratt House - 8 min walk
  • Essex Steam Train - 2 min drive
  • General William Hart House - 9 min drive
  • Museum of Fife and Drum - 9 min drive

Getting around

  • Old Saybrook Station - 11 min drive
  • AirportBradley Intl. Airport (BDL) - 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 inn near Essex Steam Train
A restaurant, a bar/lounge, and concierge services are available at this smoke-free inn. 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, hair dryers, and showers.
The Griswold Inn offers 33 air-conditioned accommodations with complimentary newspapers and hair dryers. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access.

Bathrooms include showers and complimentary toiletries. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is provided daily.

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 transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Onsite parking is wheelchair accessible

Food and drink

  • Free breakfast available
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • Shopping


  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • 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 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 counter and sink
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower


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

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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 Inn
The Griswold Inn Essex
The Griswold Inn Inn 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?
Check-out is at 11 AM.
Where is The Griswold Inn located?
Situated in the historical district, this inn 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.
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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

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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

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Sad face IconDisliked: Room comfort
Fantastic Inn, but the bed was bad.

4/5 Good

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Monday night in the bar with the Sea Chanteys was a real treat.

1/5 Terrible

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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

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Very Nice Historic Hotel
Close to all shore points,shopping, and right on Main Street close to the Essex Marina. and CT River Museum.. Great restaurant, tavern and wine bar. Staff very nice, clean room though furniture a little tired. Truly historic with no TVs in rooms so you can get away from it all.( TV is available in living room next door if you must). You actually get a brass key with a numbered room number attached-no plastic! Temperature control of room was fantastic.