The Griswold Inn

36 Main St., Essex, Connecticut, 06426, USA

Two-plus centuries of catering to changing tastes at what's billed as America's oldest continuously operating inn has resulted in a kaleidoscope of decor—some Colonial, a bit of Federal, a little Victorian—with just as many modern touches as necessary to meet present-day expectations. Although many of the rooms feel a bit worn, the point here is more to soak up history than to feel pampered. Chefs at the restaurant prepare country-style American fare, and there's a Tap Room—built in 1738 as a schoolhouse—that's fun for after-dinner drinks.

PROS

  • in heart of historic downtown
  • rich history
  • fun pub

CONS

  • dated furnishings
  • uneven service
  • decent but unexceptional food

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 860-767–1776

HOTEL DETAILS

33 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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