I recently stayed at Kennedy School during a visit to Portland, based on the recommendations of a relative who lives there. I wasn't quite sure what to expect in a hotel that used to be an elementary school (and built in 1915), but was pleasantly surprised.
The room was large, clean and comfortable, with a somewhat simple decor given it's previous "life" as an elementary school. The rooms are fitted with modern electronic card access keys. The heating in the room worked reasonably well, although I had to use the small supplemental heater that was provided to bring the room up to "comfort level" in the mornings (of course that wouldn't be a problem in the warmer months). The bathroom was modern and clean. No television was provided and I DID miss that, although I can appreciate the cost and difficulty of installing cables in an old building. There was good Wi-Fi service in many areas of the hotel, although not in my room. Wi-Fi service was good in the restaurant and many of the other common areas.
it was great fun to explore the many Bars and other facilities in the hotel. My favourite was the Boiler Room, which as the name implies was formerly the school boiler room. The eclectic decor of the upstairs portion was especially interesting, as the railings are made with pieces of pipe and radiators fitted together. The main restaurant was large and the quality of the food was great. A big old pot-bellied stove was provided in one corner, which added to the atmosphere.
Having a movie theatre on the premises is a nice touch, as is the ability to have a beer while watching a movie. It would have been nice if they offered optional butter topping for the popcorn, which wasn't entirely enjoyable when served "dry" (it also seemed overly "salty").
I didn't have time to try the soaking pool, but it seemed to be very popular and was usually full. The hotel has a small gift shop that offers a selection of Mustards and other organic foods that are also made by McMenamin's. I wanted to bring some of these items back to try them, but was travelling with carry-on only, so that wasn't possible. They do offer mail order service though.
The hotel location in the north east part of Portland is very convenient, as it's not far to the downtown area, there are a lot of nice restaurants and other businesses in the area, and it's very convenient and easy to get to the airport. I will definitely try to stay there again on my next visit to Portland.
- Also Known As:
- Mcmenamins Kennedy School Hotel
- Mcmenamins Kennedy School Portland