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McMenamins Kennedy School

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Address: 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211-7302
Phone Number: 503 249 3983
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Not what you expect.

A local friend took me there for lunch on a Wednesday. Could not believe how great the experience was. A converted school with bars, good food, outdoor eating, local micro beers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
AussieGuinness
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A local friend took me there for lunch on a Wednesday. Could not believe how great the experience was. A converted school with bars, good food, outdoor eating, local micro beers. The refurbished school property is amazing. Walking the halls and rooms looking at the great variety of art works and art deco pieces. I need to go back and... More 

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

We are so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I booked a room here To stay on 8/26/16. After supplying my credit card over the phone I thought I was all set for my arrival and relaxation. After driving close to 4hours to start my one night stay before surgery I arrived with my room ready. I was informed I needed my physical card on hand even though they... More 

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

I am very sorry to hear about your experience. It is our policy to physically see the credit card as well as run it through our system via it's magnetic stip. In this day and age with so much credit card fraud it is meant to be a measure to protect our guests. We apologize that this caused you an... More 

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53 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

This place is not what you expect. It's awesome and the food is really good. It took me back to when I was in Elementary, but without all the drinks.

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

Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again. cheers, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Melbourne, Australia
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75 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We were extremely interested in the concept of The Kennedy School, but from the moment we walked in the door, it felt like a "zoo". Wherever we went it seemed frenetic; there are lots of different spaces, and lots of queues. It's clearly a hugely popular weekend destination for families and big groups. We made a quick escape.

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Thank MelbourneMeg_12
M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit. Weekends and evenings can be quite busy but we don't like to hear that it wasn't comfortable and fun. If you ever get by this way again, the feel of the school can be much more relaxed and less zoo like mid week and in the mornings. We... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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191 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

So many different things to do here in this renovated school. Have drinks in detention, or down the hall at the honor bar. There is a soaking pool as well as a restaurant. Bartenders are knowledgeable and fun.

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

Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Portland, Oregon
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

I choose the Kennedy School to have my retirement party because I had attended a friend's retirement party there and they did a great job. My party was on a Friday night and we had 8 of us staying is 5 rooms for the night. We arrived early to beat the traffic and hung out in the Courtyard Restaurant for... More 

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

Thank you so much! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your retirement party. I will be sure to share your comments with our staff. We appreciate all of the details you have shared and hope to see you again. Cheers, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School More 

Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

So much to do here. We had a quick bite to eat from the theatre snack bar, drinks in the boiler bar, and I enjoyed a cigar in the cigar bar. Drinks were great and the atmosphere was awesome. Wish we had more time to spend on our visit here. One word of caution, if you want to use the... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the theater, Boiler Room and Detention. Just for future reference, we are currently using a "text" based waitlist system for our pool so you can get on the waitlist and enjoy the property without fear of missing your name being called. We hope you will get a chance to return... More 

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128 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Have visited for several years, now a new annex. Best rooms past the theater, but now seem reserved for long term. Staff always friendly

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

Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again. cheers! Mel Jensen More 

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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

Very unique place - love all the themed bars around the school. The best is the detention bar - very intimate but does smell like cigars since it is a cigar lounge and bar. The boiler room bar is pretty cool too!

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the Detention and Boiler Room Bars and look forward to seeing you again. Cheers! Mel Jensen More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

We toured nearly the entire school. We stopped in the Honors room, Detention, Principals Office, the Boiler Room and the Garden Room. Love the themes, love the happy hour. What a cool concept! We will definitely go back.

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