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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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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We stayed at The Kennedy School this past weekend. We were in town for a wedding and this was close to our friends house. Overall it was an adequate hotel, comfy bed and nice bathroom. A few things fell short for me. We got there at about 12pm- I say "Hi we're checking in today" the desk agent replies "Oh... More

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

Hi BigE423- Thank you for taking the time to review us and your great feedback. We will take all of your comments into consideration. Your feedback allows us to continue to improve our guests experiences. We will use your check-in experience as a training tool. We will also let Paul know what a wonderful job he did! He will be... More

Avondale, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

What a unique experience! There is so much to see and do on this property. It was a great place to stay on the day of our travel because everything you could want is right there on the property. There are restaurants, bars (plural), and a movie theater all on site! The hotel is so full of history and interesting.... More

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

Annette S- Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It sounds like you had a wonderful time here. Please come back and see us soon. More

Spokane Valley, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

First experience staying at a McMenamins property was a pleasure...restoration of the property was tastefully done taking us back in time. You could just sense all the history that has taken place here. The rooms in the old building are quite comfortable and relaxing; even though we were there on a 95+ degree day, it was comfortable without air conditioning,... More

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

Hi Pam D- Thank you for sharing your unique experience with us! We absolutely love incorporating the history through our halls, rooms, and the entire building. The soaking pool is a fantastic way to start or end your day, and taking in a complimentary movie with your stay while having a beverage or a bite to eat is the Portland... More

Oslo
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This felt like staying at an amusement park for adults (although it seemed like a kid-friendly place, too) - a homebrewed cherry beer here, a concert there, sleeping in a classroom with blackboards still on the wall, gift shops with hand made jewelry and tableware. We had lots of fun wandering the halls and just seeing what we'd stumble across,... More

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

Hi Epipremnum A- Thank you for reviewing us. It is fun place for adults. Where else can you wander the halls of a school with a home brewed beer in hand?! Come back and visit us soon. More

New Westminster, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I love all McMenamins but this one is pretty special (though Edgefield remains my #1). The soaking pool is smaller but still relaxing. The room I stayed in had a chalk board to write messages to the next guests (they leave it on). The whole place has a fun vibe. Boiler Room bar has so many interesting things to look... More

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

Hi Melisa C- Thank you for taking the time to review us. We like the healthy competition between us and Edgefield! But we will continue to strive to make us your favorite. We look foward to your next visit. More

Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I stayed here with my husband & daughter between 16th - 20th of June 2014. The 3 of us loved it. This was our first trip to Portland & I was really happy that we stayed here. Its different to any hotel we have ever stayed in. Food was good, beer & wine was excellent. Staff were really friendly &... More

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

Hi UBear666- Thank you for your wonderful review. We are happy everyone in your party enjoyed their stay! We appreciate your feedback about the public transportation information being listed on our website. We will see what we can do about adding that information on there. We look forward to seeing you again. More

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Spent a couple of days in Portland with my wife, and McMenamins Kennedy School was our base. When we weren't out exploring the city and neighborhoods, we kept busy at the school. Take a soak in the heated speaking pool, catch a movie in the auditorium, or enjoy a cigar in the Detention Bar. There is plenty to do in... More

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

Hi Marc B- Thank you for spending your couples getaway with us, and taking the time to review us. There are a lot of great things to do on property and it looks like you were able to enjoy them. We look forward to seeing you again. More

Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I stayed here on my first trip to Portland and it lived up to my expectations of the city: quirky and cool. Located out in the suburbs I was initially disappointed with its setting, but we soon found nearby Alberta Street with its plethora of bars, restaurants and shops and soon found ourselves at home. Downtown is only a $15-20... More

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

Hi thereichinger- Thank you for your wonderful review. It delights us to here you enjoyed your stay along with everything we and the surrounding neighborhood have to offer. Although the room size may not be adequate for some guests comfort they are functional and amazing! For those guests who would like a larger room they have the option of reserving... More

Zurich, Switzerland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Kennedy School Hotel is a converted elementary school in Portland housing guest rooms, several bars and a movie theatre. The educational theme is quirkily retained; one can drink in the “Detention Room”. A very tasteful and successful conversion. The 'craft' beers are far better than common swill.

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

Hi 56th2014- Thank you for your kind review. We look foward to your future visits. More

Fairhope, AL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Just returned from a week's stay at the Kennedy School. Pros: across the street from the bus stop; free parking. Cons: Our room in the English Wing was unbelievably TINY -- hardly room to unpack our luggage. The café was terrible -- overpriced for food that was not high quality, indifferent service. We have stayed at far better hotels in... More

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

Hi Doctor007- Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We are passing on your comments to the chef and the restuarant manager and using these as training tools. Our rooms in the English are smaller than the school house rooms but they are fabulous. These rooms have individual heating and cool systems, they are quieter, everything is new... 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:
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