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“Unique Portland experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Spokane Valley, Washington
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3 hotel reviews
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“Unique Portland experience!”
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, with just the ceiling fan going. The heated soaking pool in the evening was relaxing and if you're a guest, you can attend a free movie in the evening. We took our own art tour of the hallways to reflect on a time gone by! Would definitely recommend to others and stay again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
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 way to go. We look forwad to your next visit.
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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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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, bars, restaurants, gardens, country music concerts. Really memorable!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
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.
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New Westminster, Canada
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17 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 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 at. Don't forget to check out the hand painted artwork and walls all over the property.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, July 19, 2014
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.
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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 & helpful. We stayed in room no:111 Broom & basket room, which nice & quiet even when there was a band playing the gym. Our room was located around the corner from the reception. My daughter was really happy with the blackboard & didn't care there was no TV. Room was nice & bright, king size bed was really comfortable & our daughter slept on a roll-away bed. The soaking pool was fabulous. The artwork all over the building was really beautiful. It was interesting to see that the school is 99years old.

We met various locals on our travels who all recommended the hotel & its amenities. The hotel is really popular with locals who use the soaking pool, movie theatre, eat lunch, dinner & drinks in one of the bars. As it popular, you may have to wait to get a table for dinner. I think it says a lot when the locals are really positive about the hotel place.

The only negative comment I would make is the public transport details getting to & from the hotel are not listed on the website, but should be! We used the bus service to get to & from Portland city centre. There is a bus stop, for bus route 73 directly outside & the 70 around the corner. I think we changed route to the number 15 in order to get to Downtown Portland. I think the cost of the ticket for an adult was roughly $2.50 which allows you to make transfers during a 2hr period.

Overall a really nice hotel. I would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: I recommend our room no:111 Broom & basket. In the main building
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
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.
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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 this 100 year old elementary school!

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
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.
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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 cab ride away, as is PDX.
We stayed in the newer (cheaper) English Wing. Being used to hotels in Europe and Asia, I personally did not find the room too small as other reviewers have. Our room was eclectically decorated, much like the rest of the hotel, and whilst it may be short on some creature comforts like a TV and mini-bar, it made up for it with a selection of books and a beer jar that can be filled at one of the three bars.
The king size bed was comfortable; the ensuite bathroom functional; the room quiet enough; the restaurant OK - but better food can be had a short walk away. Where the hotel excels is in its quirky charm and character. It won't be to everyone's taste but it certainly is to mine.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 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, July 9, 2014
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 a room in the original school house if availble, but reservations sometimes need to be made months in advance. Our property has a lot to offer aside from the hotel rooms. We offer an experience while you stay with us. We look forward to seeing you again next time you are in town.
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Zurich, Switzerland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
6 helpful votes 6 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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Hi 56th2014-

Thank you for your kind review. We look foward to your future visits.
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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
#29 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#35 Family Hotel in Portland
#37 Business Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — McMenamins Kennedy School 3*
Number of rooms: 57
Also Known As:
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