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McMenamins Kennedy School

#29 of 133 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
McMenamins Kennedy School
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Rating summary
  • 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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Glendale
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Kennedy School is the quinticential most relaxing fun hotel with lovely themed rooms in the English Wing where my husband and I stayed. I soaked in the mineral water pool, saw a movie in the theatre,played pool in the boiler room bar. Our room was so charming,clean and restful. It was themed as The Compleat Angler. That book as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For people who are looking for something a little outside the box, this is the place to be. No need to go anywhere with an onsite restaurant & bars, but if you want to explore the NE side of Portland, your aren't far from Alberta Arts district. Tons of local eateries within walking walking distance.

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

Thank you for writing a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Sincerely, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Colorado
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51 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As one of the flagship McMenamins’ stays, we had to make a trip here. Comparatively, this is a medium sized McMenamins campus with all the features you’d expect: soaking pool, themed bars, whimsical artwork, and movie theater. The history is equally rich here and can engross someone for hours. The location of this property both offers something different and to... More 

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

Hi HumJer- Thank you for the detailed review. It sounds like you were able to spend some quality time with us and in the neighborhood. Please come back and see us next time you visit Portland. More 

Denver, Colorado
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123 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a cute place with a great story and atmosphere. Was a little skeptical when driving to but so unique felt safe. The availability of everything is right there so didn't have to leave for a meal or drinks. Bed was comfortable. Quiet room. Coffee in the hallway in am was nice. Would Recc. And the food and service were... More 

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

Hi travlnjazz- Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to write this kind review. We hope to see you again next time you are in Portland. More 

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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely wonderful place! Great atmosphere, excellent food, great service, clean and comfortable, wonderful amenities. Check in was quick, reception staff and service staff were very friendly and helpful. Loved everything at McMenamins Kennedy School!

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

Hi Trisha S- Thank your for taking the time to review us. I will be sure to tell the staff about the nice review they received, they will be happy to hear it. Come back and see us soon. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is a little out of downtown, but it's 100% worth it if you want somewhere quirky with a great vibe. I think it would be great for groups, couples, OR families - we saw a lot of families here (although it was Easter weekend so that could be why). We went as a couple and would go back... More 

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

Hi csj82- Thank you for such a kind and thorough review. We can't wait to see you next time you are in town. More 

Dallas, Texas
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356 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would go 4.5 stars for this place. The wife thinks 5, I think 4. So we split the different. As others have noted, this restaurant is a converted schoolhouse and is now a hotel/restaurant. The ambience is totally unique and takes you back in time (the drinking fountains come up to your kneecaps!). We went here for breakfast on... More 

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

Thank you again for writing a review. I passed on your previous review to our bakers about the biscuits and it really made them smile. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and do hope to see you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Vancouver, Washington
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33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome food. Nice cold Ruby on hot day. Fabulous service. We are working on our passport and getting in shape by biking to all the area McMenamins. I always order the Ruby which is always terrific. My husband had a hammerhead and the seasonal copper moon. Both were very good, cold, and refreshing. They also had a great beer on... More 

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

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your lunch! Biking to the different locations is ambitious for sure, I would be interested to know what route you have taken and if you visit multiple locations during your rides? I know there are other guests who would love to share the adventure. If you are willing to share I can be... More 

Richland, WA
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23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed at the McMenamins Kennedy School in mid June. It's an interesting place in the middle of a neighborhood with a lot of overgrown foliage everywhere. The interior is interesting with antique light fixtures hanging every where, an interesting history as an old elementary school, and some fun features. We had a room in the English... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate all of your feedback and will be following up with the restaurant manager and Chef regarding your steak comment. We appreciate all of the details you shared in your review and hope to see you again in the future. Sincerely, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Jakarta
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75 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This McMenamins concept B&B is the perfect location to hangout to enjoy burgers, steak, beer, movie, good laugh and more! Imagine to smoke in "High School" and drink your favourites with your friends. The place is a bit old and kinda darkish: My wife didn't like it and find it a bit too exoteric. Never mind. Others will love it... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review. I am sorry to hear that we are not your wife's cup of tea, but are glad you enjoyed your overall visit. We hope to see you again in the future. Cheers, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

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