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“Meh” 2 of 5 stars
Review of McMenamins Kennedy School

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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211   |  
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Ranked #33 of 133 Hotels in Portland
Denver, Colorado
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30 hotel reviews
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“Meh”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

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 uncomfortable - heated with a space heater, think bedding and with a double bed. There were no comfortable chairs, the lighting was inadequate, and it was quite noisy as it backed to the public restroom and was outside the theater. The room in the English Wing was far more comfortable. I would not say it is a great atmosphere for children, as you might expect with a converted school. There are a number of bars, small and large, with guests roaming the halls with their drinks, the movie playing the evening I was there was over 21 only, there is not much for kids to do after the fun of looking at the murals. The restaurant was in my opinion overpriced for mediocre food, and the service was terribly slow, but the atmosphere in the courtyard with a nice open fire was lovely. Breakfast was not included in the room rate - and frankly not offering any breakfast option for guests is pretty unusual. There were not coffee pots in the rooms, nor an area where you could fix a cup of tea in a common area. This is a great spot for the right person, it just wasn't right for us - I won't stay here again.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
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 with the high ceilings and large glass windows. We have decided to also offer earplugs in all of our rooms to assist with the noise level. We have also extended kid hours in the pool to our hotel guests, so they are welcomed to soak as long as the pool is open as well. We do attempt to cater to all age groups as we welcome everyone. We offer breakfast/dinner option packages for our hotel rooms Sunday-Thursday. Thank you for the feedback, we will take the breakfast package option with the room into consideration. We offer complimentary coffee at the front desk from 7am-11am daily. I also believe your tea selection idea is lovely idea and a great option to implement for guests who do not prefer coffee. I will check the couch in the music room to ensure it is in good order. Again thank you for all of your wonderful feedback. We do hope you reconsider staying with us again, if not visiting one of our other locations which may be more to your liking. I will be sending you a private message as well.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

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 on the weekend during the day. And if you're going to the movie, get there early so you can grab one of the love seats or comfy chairs before they're all gone. The room was large and very clean, but cold one night and hot the next with no way to control the temp. Also, we could hear all the traffic in the wood floor hallways...kind of annoying. Parking is also a problem. Even as overnight guests, we still had to park 3 blocks away on a rainy Saturday night. Overall we enjoyed it, and we'll probably visit again but not stay over night.

Room Tip: Rooms on the main hallway are loud.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
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.
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Tallmadge, Ohio
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
48 helpful votes 48 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 room was COLD. The space heater could not keep up with it. We ended up turning on the hair dryer in the bathroom full blast so that we could take a shower in comfort. The parking in the back was also troublesome, given that there are several restaurants/bars/theater/events going on and parking is at a premium during those times. The room was clean; the staff was attentive and friendly; the restaurant served up some great breakfast & happy hour food. Would we stay here again? Yes, we would, and we'd put up with the same issues as before. Overall, a fun & unique experience.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
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.
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Portland, Oregon
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60 reviews 60 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
24 helpful votes 24 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 30 feet long x 12 feet wide, thru dense shrubbery. No TV, so as a guest caring for an infant and room bound, it made a boring night. There are plenty of things for couples to do. Many restaurants and theatres within the complex. This is a popular location for meetings and the fact they are pet friendly raises their overall appeal. Certainly would make a good weekend location for the couple wanting something a little different.

Room Tip: All the rooms are old classrooms furnished and decorated with vintage items.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
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 infant. We hope we will see you again when you can be out and enjoying the property. Thank you again for providing your feedback.
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So Minnesota
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
24 helpful votes 24 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 cool region around their hotel. The Art district is with-in walking distance but the staff knew very little about area, I suggest the hotel contact the visitors bureau and hook up with some of their neighbors to educate the staff. It also would have been helpful if they had known a little about the public transportation, that is conveniently located right outside their hotel. I did find out information on my own but I took me (someone not familiar) time to figure out where I wanted to go and how to get there by our third day we had the public transportation figured out and it was time for us to go home to Minnesota.

Room Tip: The rooms are very nice. No TV's but plenty to do in area and right at hotel.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
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 Alberta and all of the art and boutique shopping it has to offer and tri-met is a terrific way to navigate our city. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Kennedy School and hope to see you again in the future.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
72 helpful votes 72 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!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
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.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 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. The bed was not very comfortable but we were only there for one night so it was tolerable.
We used the soaking pool which was nice but a bit crowded. We also went to a movie which we got free tickets for because we were staying at the hotel. We were able to order food and have drinks in the theatre which was nice. The theatre seating was all old couches and chairs.
The hotel is very unique and we enjoyed our experience there. Will definitely check out other McMenamins properties on our next trip to Oregon.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
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 you are on vacation! We look forward to seeing you again.
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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:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Portland
#30 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#36 Business Hotel in Portland
#39 Family Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — McMenamins Kennedy School 3*
Number of rooms: 57
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