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McMenamins Kennedy School

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
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McMenamins Kennedy School
Ranked #41 of 132 hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Alexandria, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This charming property housed in a former elementary school has so much going for it. The walls are covered with a ludicrously eclectic variety of vintage and new art, the rooms are airy, very comfortable, and immaculately clean, and there are at least half a dozen funky little bars, including an onsite brewery and a cigar bar, a movie theater,... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stumbled upon this colorful hotel after a recommendation from a garage mechanic (long story). The Kennedy School is conveniently located near the Arts District of Portland. It is within easy walking distance of nice restaurants, shops, and the famous Salt and Straw Ice Cream Shop. We opted for a room with a bath; rooms with shared baths are also... More

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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review

Hi Miguet- It is nice to hear the mechanic recommended us to you! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It is nice we are within walking distance of the Alberta Arts District; there are a lot of fun shops and restaurants to visit. At this location all of our rooms do have their own... More

Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A totally unique experience! I had heard that the McMenamins-sytle lodging was fun, but had to see it for ourselves. There were multiple bars and places to eat spread across the entire school property. Little corners of the building, like Honors & Detention, where you would never expect to find a little place to grab a beer. My personal favorite... More

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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review

Hi jgibson1006- Thank you for sharing your unique experience with us! We will be following up with the Excecutive chef about your food experience in the Boiler Room Bar. We look foward to seeing again next time you are in town. More

New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at The Kennedy School this past weekend. We were in town for a wedding and this was close to our friends house. Overall it was an adequate hotel, comfy bed and nice bathroom. A few things fell short for me. We got there at about 12pm- I say "Hi we're checking in today" the desk agent replies "Oh... More

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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review

Hi BigE423- Thank you for taking the time to review us and your great feedback. We will take all of your comments into consideration. Your feedback allows us to continue to improve our guests experiences. We will use your check-in experience as a training tool. We will also let Paul know what a wonderful job he did! He will be... More

Avondale, Arizona
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a unique experience! There is so much to see and do on this property. It was a great place to stay on the day of our travel because everything you could want is right there on the property. There are restaurants, bars (plural), and a movie theater all on site! The hotel is so full of history and interesting.... More

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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review

Annette S- Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It sounds like you had a wonderful time here. Please come back and see us soon. More

Spokane Valley, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First experience staying at a McMenamins property was a pleasure...restoration of the property was tastefully done taking us back in time. You could just sense all the history that has taken place here. The rooms in the old building are quite comfortable and relaxing; even though we were there on a 95+ degree day, it was comfortable without air conditioning,... More

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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review

Hi Pam D- Thank you for sharing your unique experience with us! We absolutely love incorporating the history through our halls, rooms, and the entire building. The soaking pool is a fantastic way to start or end your day, and taking in a complimentary movie with your stay while having a beverage or a bite to eat is the Portland... More

Oslo
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This felt like staying at an amusement park for adults (although it seemed like a kid-friendly place, too) - a homebrewed cherry beer here, a concert there, sleeping in a classroom with blackboards still on the wall, gift shops with hand made jewelry and tableware. We had lots of fun wandering the halls and just seeing what we'd stumble across,... More

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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review

Hi Epipremnum A- Thank you for reviewing us. It is fun place for adults. Where else can you wander the halls of a school with a home brewed beer in hand?! Come back and visit us soon. More

New Westminster, Canada
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love all McMenamins but this one is pretty special (though Edgefield remains my #1). The soaking pool is smaller but still relaxing. The room I stayed in had a chalk board to write messages to the next guests (they leave it on). The whole place has a fun vibe. Boiler Room bar has so many interesting things to look... More

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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review

Hi Melisa C- Thank you for taking the time to review us. We like the healthy competition between us and Edgefield! But we will continue to strive to make us your favorite. We look foward to your next visit. More

Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here with my husband & daughter between 16th - 20th of June 2014. The 3 of us loved it. This was our first trip to Portland & I was really happy that we stayed here. Its different to any hotel we have ever stayed in. Food was good, beer & wine was excellent. Staff were really friendly &... More

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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review

Hi UBear666- Thank you for your wonderful review. We are happy everyone in your party enjoyed their stay! We appreciate your feedback about the public transportation information being listed on our website. We will see what we can do about adding that information on there. We look forward to seeing you again. More

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a couple of days in Portland with my wife, and McMenamins Kennedy School was our base. When we weren't out exploring the city and neighborhoods, we kept busy at the school. Take a soak in the heated speaking pool, catch a movie in the auditorium, or enjoy a cigar in the Detention Bar. There is plenty to do in... More

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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review

Hi Marc B- Thank you for spending your couples getaway with us, and taking the time to review us. There are a lot of great things to do on property and it looks like you were able to enjoy them. We look forward to seeing you again. More

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Additional Information about McMenamins Kennedy School

Address: 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — McMenamins Kennedy School 3*
Also Known As:
Mcmenamins Kennedy School Portland

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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#4 Best Value Hotel in Portland #30 Romantic Hotel in Portland #43 Business Hotel in Portland #44 Family Hotel in Portland
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