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McMenamins Kennedy School

#32 of 133 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
McMenamins Kennedy School
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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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Boise, Idaho
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Met friends there for dinner. It's an old re-purposed school that has tons of charm. The place is a bit dark, but it's still fun to check out the entire building. We had drinks and dinner in the Boiler Room. The food was good and the drinks hit the spot.

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

Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate you taking the time. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More 

Saarbrucken, Germany
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Kennedy School for one night this month for a small family reunion. Our room was one of the classrooms - a very quirky and original one. There's an outdoor soaking pool and spending some time there in the evening, drinking locally brewed beer, is super relaxing and even if you have to share it with a few... More 

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Kennedy School! We look forward to seeing you again. Glad you enjoyed the pool and your room. I will pass on your kind comments to our staff. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A group if 11 friends went to eat at The Courtyard. They said they would have a patio table open in about 35-40 minutes. After waiting for over an hour we went to inquire and they informed us they were out of propane for the heaters and they would have to seat us inside at different tables. When we got... More 

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

I am very sorry to hear about your recent experience at the Kennedy School. I am hoping you will be willing to contact me with the date and time of your visit so that I can follow up with our management and staff. In additon any information regarding your reservation, how far in advance it was made etc. would help... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When we were looking for a place to stay in Portland, we were hoping to stay somewhere unique to the city. McMenamins Kennedy School was exactly that! I booked a room in the 'newish' English wing of the hotel for two with a king bed. We arrived Saturday mid-afternoon by car, so the lot was pretty full but we managed... More 

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

Thank you! We really appreciate your detailed and fun review. Thank you for taking the time and adding so many helpful hints. We hope to see you on your next visit to Portland. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Ontario, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for a few days recently and really enjoyed it. It's nice being in a hotel that's kid-friendly without being bland and plastic. It's got a nice lively yet laid-back vibe about it. The Courtyard Restaurant has a good food menu and a great patio, and the house draught beers are obviously great. The movie theatre was fantastic... More 

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

We are glad you enjoyed your families visit here. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Cheers! We hope to see you again soon. More 

Glenview, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With their quirky decor and fine efforts to renovate and restore old properties, McMenamin's are always worth a visit. We stay at the Kennedy School because it is close to my Son's Family and the price is right.

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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 to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you on your next trip to visit your son. Cheers! More 

Olympia, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are visiting McMenamins for a passport experience so we stayed here. We chose to stay in a converted classroom which was cool because it still had the chalkboards and coat closet. The layout of the room was a little weird and the walls are thin so bring earplugs. The toilets are loud. The room itself was good, there are... More 

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

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and are enjoying your passport journey. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Seattle, Washington
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74 reviews 74 reviews
30 hotel reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kennedy School is one of those places where Portlandia was likely partially inspired. An old neighborhood elementary school turned into a quirky arty hotel, with delicious McMenamins beers and food, served in your choice: the courtyard, old cafeteria, the auditorium, in one of the classrooms or boiler room bars. Our experience was fully Portland! We arrived via Amtrak with our... More 

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

Thank you so much for writing such an awesome review! i love your description for the bike ride from the train station, you surely did this Portland trip the right way, living it like a local. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The rooms are far more comfortable than I had expected. We had spent a few nights on the coast and were looking forward to some character in Portland. Honestly, I thought the room would be tiny and noisy but I was pleasantly surprised. High ceilings, beautiful big windows, charming furniture and nice beds. The service was pleasant and professional, and... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed the school building hotel rooms as well as the property and neighborhood. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Portland. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Spent 4 nights in the old wing, a converted school room. Bed comfortable, very clean, staff friendly and helpful. Plenty of off street parking, and several bars and a large restaurant in the hotel compensate for a location in a mostly residential area. There is a lovely courtyard for dining in good weather. Bus lines outside make public transportation 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 your perspective and hope to see you again in the future. Sincerely, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

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