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McMenamins Kennedy School

#28 of 133 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
McMenamins Kennedy School
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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We have traveled to Portland every year since we lived in the city in 1999. It was to be our big treat to stay at the kennedy school after arriving from the UK. But this is not a place to rest! We were given a room right next to two wedding parties. The ethos of old fashioned - no tv... More 

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Murray, Kentucky
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a creative, offbeat, unique hotel! Twenty-something hipsters would love this place. However, when we arrived exhausted after spending the entire day traveling across country, we couldn't find parking and ended up having to park illegally so that we could unload our luggage and check in. Then, what a surprise to find that we had to lug our suitcases up... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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145 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Too many people, not enough parking, and hordes of visitors. This place is overrun by the public and, as a paying guest, I found the entire facility to have a carnival like atmosphere, not of my liking. The pool was heavily populated (and perhaps heavily polluted as well). Each time I looked in, I thought no way was I ever... More 

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

I am very sorry to hear about your experience. I apologize that you did not enjoy your stay. Would you be willing to share some more details with me? What date did you stay? What was the name on your reservation? I will be following up with our hotel manger about your comments about the room and will follow up... More 

New York
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here with my two kids on a family visit. We loved the room with the blackboard and chalk drawings and spent hours in the soaking pool. It was good to go early before the hipsters with their gnarly man-buns and alarming tats woke up. The location isn't the most central but we'd stay here again for sure. A... 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 the details you included and will be sure to follow up with the Chef regarding your comments about the food. We strive for a high standard in our food and are disappointed that we didn't hit that mark. We sincerely appreciate you letting us know. We... More 

Rochester, NY
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264 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Can I move in here? Seriously, I could live here forever. What an oasis for our family of three after an awful (delayed) cross country train trip! EVERYONE we dealt with was pleasant and helpful. Kennedy School, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: 1. Super cool room (s)- we stayed in the Sewing Room but needed... More 

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

What a great review. We really appreciate all of your details and are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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48 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For a very unique stay, definitely recommend. It is noisy so not the place for rest. May need ear plugs and eye mask. The rooms by the road have cars and trucks going by all night. You can hear your neighbors easily too. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The bars, restaurant, and theater provide lots to do. The soaking... More 

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

Thanks for writing a review. We appreciate the feedback about the noise and will continue to look into ways to improve this part of the experience. We hope to see you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent two nights of a family vacation here in a room overlooking the soaking pool. This was an excellent hub for visiting sites around Portland. Actually we arrived late afternoon on our first day and spent most of it exploring the school. There's so much to see in the architecture and the art on the walls that ranges from photos... More 

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

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Your review is terrific, we appreciate all of the details. We hope to see you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Denver, Colorado
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174 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here for a night in July. The place was so highly recommended and it did live up to the hype. It was a fun and funky way to spend a day. We checked in early, went to the theater, had lunch, went for a soak, went on a little bar crawl. We had some friends who lived in... 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 are glad your local friends good join you for the afternoon. We hope to see you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Laguna Beach, California
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30 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, go into it knowing this is not a "full service hotel" - for example, to fill your ice bucket you have to carry it to an on-site restaurant to have it filled which can be a very long walk depending on your room. Be aware - the charm of this property is staying in the former classrooms which are... More 

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

I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay. We really appreciate your feedback and will use it to better the experience for future guests. We wish you the best and sincerely hope that you will give us another chance in the future. Sincerely, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Saint Augustine, Florida
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102 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Kennedy School is a gem! We stopped here for a bite before checking into our hotel room. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon so we sat outside on the patio and ordered Chipolte bbq wings and a pint. Their beers are always awesome but the wings, good heavens - were they good! I highly recommend them if you like... 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 are glad you enjoyed the Chipotle BBQ Wings, I will be sure to pass your comments on to the chef and the kitchen. We hope to see you again. Cheers, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

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