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McMenamins Kennedy School

#28 of 133 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved this place. Great energy abounds here. Our room was large with huge windows providing lots of natural light. Comfy king bed with good linens. Wish there were bath tubs, but everything else was so charming. Large number of bars and public spaces. Great use of large rooms for a variety of groups. I was surprised no staff could recommend... More 

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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have visited Portland with friends that live here several times and this has to be my favorite place we went to in the city! Do yourself a favor and go! Wonderful atmosphere and so many things to do. From watching a three dollar movie while drinking a beer and eating pizza on their comfortable couches that used to be... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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57 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I knew from reading the reviews here that McMenamins Kennedy School would be a different sort of hotel, and it is. Housed largely in a former Elementary school, it maintains the charm and history of the original structure. Rooms are named for former teachers, and the abundant artwork has a school theme. McMenamins has several bars and restaurants (although I... More 

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Houst
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55 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hotel was a 20's elementary school converted to a hotel/restaurant/bars/movie theater. Also had a brewpub. I would very much recommend a stay here, but this is not your normal place, so if you are looking for a 4 seasons, this is not it. But it was very nice and we enjoyed it and the little bars and great beer.

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30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first night of a 30 day road trip and what a great way to start. These guys have done a fantastic job of preserving the history and mystery of the old school whilst at the same time creating an excellent hotel. Rooms are comfortable, food is great and the bars are....well........different! Have a beer in the Headmistress's... 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 hope the rest of your road trip was as good as the start. We hope to see you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Trondheim, Norway
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a really cool place. We've all walked the halls of school, this was a quirky reminder of that. With a very different detention. Nice little gift shop with weird and wonderful items for everyone.

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

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Hudson
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Typical of McMenamins properties this one is unusual and fun. On site movie theater, outdoor soaking pool and four lounges. We tried the outdoor Courtyard and the Boiler Room. We just had appetizers and beers but everything was tasty and service was good. The main building is a refurbished school building and merits exploration. We stayed in a king room... More 

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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 had a chance to explore the school and enjoyed your stay. We appreciate the feedback regarding shelving and room for toiletries and will take it into consideration. We hope to see you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

San Jose, CA
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38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were up in Portland to TV our son who lives in the Alberta Arts District. He suggested this hotel, and we are so glad he did. Our trip was quite short, so we didn't have time to fully check out the entire school / hotel. We stayed in the English wing, and our room had a private bath. Loved... More 

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

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon. cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Walla Walla, Washington
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really well-done restoration. Lots to see even if you're not staying there. Was surprised to find they even have a movie theater and concession stand in the school's old auditorium! Nice restaurant too with loads of outdoor seating. Artwork throughout the school was interesting.

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

Hi Michelle, Thank you for writing a trip advisor review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to McMenamins Kennedy School. We hope to see you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Folsom, California, United States
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51 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I traveled her with my husband, teenage daughter and near teenage niece. My husband and I loved the total wackiness of it all and the irony that I, as a teacher, would spend my vacation in "school". Yes, it's a little noisy, but guess what? It wasn't built as a hotel. This is one of those places you really have... More 

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

Thank you Tami for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen More 

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