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McMenamins Kennedy School

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5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211-7302
+1 503-249-3983
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History, restaurant, bars and art in one old school.

My friend brought me here to see this colorful and eclectic old school. This point of interest... read more

Reviewed May 3, 2017
Marie-Claire B
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Sequim, Washington
Very good menu selections

Always something for everyone. I had a great hamburger and fries but my husband's salad was great... read more

Reviewed March 24, 2017
inequity
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Clayton, North Carolina
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  • Average9%
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“soaking pool” (22 reviews)
“room bar” (6 reviews)
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5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211-7302
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+1 503-249-3983
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Reviewed May 3, 2017

My friend brought me here to see this colorful and eclectic old school. This point of interest surprised me with how I wanted to see it all. The very open and well decorated restaurant is colorful, full of plants and natural light. There are beds...More

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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2017

We are so glad you got to enjoy a full tour of the building. I agree the notes to Lois is one of my favorite pieces but so subtle that I believe they are often missed. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Mel...More

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Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

Always something for everyone. I had a great hamburger and fries but my husband's salad was great. If you try the specials, you will not be disappointed. Service is great. This is an all round perfect choice for a family

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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2017

Thank you so much for your review. We will make sure to share your comments with our chef. Cheers, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School

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Reviewed January 12, 2017

this review is for the hotel portion of kennedy school... we always enjoy staying here! reasonable rates, and fun to be able to walk over to a pub or the soaking pool. weve stayed in the old classrooms as well as the newer english portion....More

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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2017

Thank you so much for your review. We are glad to hear that you've enjoyed your stays at the Kennedy School. We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School

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Reviewed November 28, 2016

If you’re in, around, or just kind of near Portland, the McMenamins Kennedy School is an absolute must-visit. It doesn’t even really matter what you’re looking for – movies, music, a nice meal out, or even just a pleasant stroll through an interesting area, they’ve...More

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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2017

Thank you for your review. It sounds like you found the "Dear Lois" poems hidden in some beautiful mosaics around the school. These poems were written in a school annual by fellow students in the mid 1930's. A lot of people miss these gems and...More

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Reviewed November 23, 2016

This attraction was one of the coolest places I've stumbled upon while traveling the US cities. It's an old school that they preserved that serves as an accommodation (hotel stay, limited rooms), 6 bars, a movie theater, and an attraction. The hallways are super cool...More

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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2016

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy School

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Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

Good grief could the rooms be smaller? No tv. No walking room loud in corridor. We actually stayed one night then hastened back to Cannon beach. We also had dinner here in a crowded restaurant actually the food was good and the atmosphere friendlyMore

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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2016

We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your stay at the Kennedy School. We appreciate your comments about the size of the room and your experience on property. We do hope to see you again in the future. Sincerely, Mel Jensen Principal McMenamins Kennedy...More

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Reviewed October 31, 2016

They say Portland is weird. In many effects it's just a marketing thing more than the actual truth, but there are some pretty odd places to go in Portland. McMenamins Kennedy School is certainly one of them. There's a good chance you dreamed of having...More

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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2016

Thank you so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciate your compliments about the Boiler Room. We will make sure the staff hears that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again. Keep Portland Weird! Cheers, Mel...More

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Reviewed October 11, 2016

Where to start? Perhaps with my incredulous "We're going _where_ for lunch...?!!" Fortunately, my better half had done her research... and I'm now stuck searching for sufficiently-unique adjectives to describe the magical transformation of school-to-adult-amusement-park! Had we not been on a tight schedule, I'd probably...More

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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2016

This could be my favorite review in recent history. Thank you so much! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll have more time the next time you're in town. I'll be sure to share your comments about the halibut with our...More

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Reviewed September 15, 2016

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...More

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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2016

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

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Reviewed August 26, 2016 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...More

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M J, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2016

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...More

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