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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 2013
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Rating summary
  • 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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MonkeyGirlBean
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is very cool. Somewhere I read it was a "five star" hotel but I wouldn't call it that in the traditional sense. It is still very reminiscent of the old school it once was. It's quirky and cool. It's comfortable but not luxurious. Chalk boards in the rooms, wood floors, etc. The movie house is super cool and... More

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

Thank you for a the wonderful review. What a fun place to attend a wedding! The movie theater is a delight to watch a movie on a comfy couch and enjoy a beer and a burger if you like. We hope to see you next time you are in town. More

Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
20 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read other reviews carefully, I did not. I stayed here for two nights in March, with my 17 year old daughter. We spent one night in a converted classroom (the music room) and one night in the newer "English Wing". The complex is interesting, and I applaud the McMennamins for converting historic buildings into useable space. The historic room was... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us. I am sorry to hear that you will not be returning. I can understand how frustrating it can be if ithe room is not at a comfortable temperature. We have centralized heating along wth a space heater. We are continously finding ways to better heat our rooms. It can be challenging... More

San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited the Kennedy School on a trip to Oregon a few years back and decided to go back and actually stay there. It's a quirky place with a movie theater and several bars and restaurants. Lots of fun. But it was crawling with young kids on Saturday, so if you're not looking for a family day, don't go there... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtul review. We hope to see you again in the future. I have forwarded your comments regarding the room temperature to our facilities coordinator as we are actively working to solve these issues. More

Tallmadge, Ohio
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
27 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Yes, this is the nicest place closest to our daughter's apartment, which is near the Alberta Arts District. Yes, it's got a great vibe to it. However, there are a few issues (which were resolved, by the way with a phone call in response to our comment card, thank you) with the place: we stayed here in January and our... More

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

We are thrilled to hear that you would stay again and look forward to seeing you again! Thank you again for bringing the issues you encountered to our attention, your feedback is essential to our improvement. More

Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The Kennedy School is an actual old school. Our room was called the Recess Room complete with cloak closet. (An old term). The ceilings are high and the furniture is all vintage and pretty interesting as is the wacky artwork posted prominently on every surface thru-out the entire property. We had a view of the extra large hot tub, probably... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to send your review. I am sorry to hear that you were bored in your room and understand how difficult it can be to stay entertained when you are confined to the room. We do offer Wi-Fi and books to read but know that it's not easy to do either when caring for an... More

So Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We wanted to try something different usually we stay at high end hotels, but likes the artsy vibe of this one. You feel the creative process all over the hotel. The staff has a very family-type feel which is good if you just are staying, but for travelers it would have been nice if they would educated themselves on the... More

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

Thank you so much for providing this valuable feedback in your review. I am surprised the staff could not give you reliable information about the Alberta District or Tri-Met public transit, I take your comments very seriously and will be reviewing this with the staff to find where we are falling short of information. The hotel is very close to... More

Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
14 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I took a group of educators to this hotel to stay for a conference. They LOVED it! Very funky and fun concept. The rooms were fine - not highly comfortable, but adequate. The charm of the place was great thought!

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

This is great place to bring educators! Nothing like sleeping in class and writing on the chalk boards. I will be sending you a private message so we can discuss your concerns about the rooms not being highly comfortable. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. We look foward to your next visit. More

Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Stayed here with my husband on a recent trip to Portland. We enjoy staying at hotels that are not part of the big chains. We really enjoyed our experience at this hotel. It is quite unique and used to be an elementary school. All the rooms have names of teachers classrooms. The room had a chalkboard with drawings- very cute.... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback about your stay. I am sorry to hear the bed was not comfortable. I will be sending you a private message to receive some information about the room you stayed in so we can address the issue with this mattress. Everyone should have a good nights rest especially when... More

Bainbridge Island
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Kudos to the McMenamin family for creating an environment that is funky while being a 5 star hotel that incorporate restaurants, art, a movie theater and a soaking pool, all in a 1900's restored school house. Mrs. Kennedy would be proud to see the classrooms now used as hotel suites. We loved walking the hallways drinking a Hammerhead Ale! We'll... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a great review. We look foward to seeing you again next time you are in town! More

Woodland, Washington
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
4 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I am a frequent guest at McMenamins. This is the worst one that I have ever stayed at. The staff was rude in the bars and the hotel was to loud. They dont have enough seperation from the bars to the rooms. The place is unique like all of McMenamins hotels it just was not worth the stay.

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

I thank you for taking the time to provide your comments and apologize for the customer service issues you encountered during your stay. This is not in line with our service practices and will be following up with the approprite management and addressing the issues you have brought forth. Additionally I welcome the opportunity to further discuss your recent visit... More

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Additional Information about McMenamins Kennedy School

Also Known As:
Mcmenamins Kennedy School Hotel
Mcmenamins Kennedy School Portland
Address: 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Portland
#49 Business Hotel in Portland
#51 Family Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — McMenamins Kennedy School 3*

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