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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
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McMenamins Kennedy School
Ranked #39 of 133 hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed for one night that I wish could have been 2! Our room was in the English Wing, and while a bit small, it was extremely comfortable and beautifully appointed. We went to the theater and watched two movies back to back while snuggling on a couch and it was so fun! We also had pizza and crab cakes... More

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93 reviews 93 reviews
39 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first McMenamins experience and I am hooked! I absolutely loved the themes of the various rooms and the thought and creativity that went into each room. I particularly enjoyed the Honors bar with the fresh cocktails and the food was good at the restaurant at well. I would absolutely stay here again. For the amazing experience that... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to many McMenamins hotels and this one was not my favorite only because we went for an event and there were so many kids in the pool and running everywhere. The room was great, we were in one of the new ones and it was quiet and very very clean. Everyone was really nice and the check... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here on our road trip down the coast with this being our inland detour. It was easy to find and close to route 30 which is well sign posted to get back out the coast. We were initially disappointed not to be in a classroom but the room we had was comfy and quirky. The bars are all... More

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Zionsville, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed recently on family trip to Oregon based on a Portlander's recommendation. Family of four, so had to go 2 rooms. Very cool place and very popular with the locals. I was a little scared that it mgiht be a tourist trap, but not at all. Placed is packed with activity and like no other place I have been.... More

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Freehold, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pros: Very interesting place. It's a recycled old school building restored while still hanging onto some fairly well worn attributes. This and the artsy decor gives the place lots of character with no downside. Clean & comfortable with a friendly helpful staff. Overall, a fun and interesting place to stay. Cons: Not a particularly convenient location. The area is a... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Positives: Beautiful large rooms - you can really spread out and feel comfortable (and they are each unique), large windows, great bed Walking around the school is an experience - we love the bars and restaurants The staff - so helpful, they held our bags for two nights while we were hiking in the Columbia river gorge The pool is... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Hi DOD56- Thank you for sharing your welcoming and comfortable experience. We strive to provide this experience with all of our guests. We hope next time you are in town you we are your go to hotel. More

Asheville, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

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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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