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McMenamins Kennedy School

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Certificate of Excellence


#36 of 149 hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Looking for a place to stay in Portland? Then look no further than McMenamins Kennedy School, a family-friendly hotel that brings the best of Portland to your doorstep. Rooms at Mcmenamins Kennedy School Portland provide air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi. In addition, while staying at McMenamins Kennedy School guests have access to a 24 hour front desk, room service, and newspaper. You can also enjoy a pool and an on-site restaurant. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at McMenamins Kennedy School. Close to some of Portland's most popular landmarks, such as Beverly Cleary Sculptures at Grant Park (1.7 mi) and Hollywood District (2.0 mi), McMenamins Kennedy School is a great destination for tourists. If you are looking for a good southwestern restaurant, you may want to check out The Blue Goose, Cackalack's Hot Chicken Shack, or Sandoval's while staying at Mcmenamins Kennedy School Portland. There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular monuments and statues such as Oregon Holocaust Memorial, Portlandia, and Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at McMenamins Kennedy School as you experience everything Portland has to offer.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Room service
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Banquet Room
Heated pool
Hot Tub
Meeting rooms
Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wheelchair access
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Air conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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71Somewhat walkable
Grade: 71 out of 100
82Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
8Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
100Room tips
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This was the first stay in a McMenamins property and i was not prepared for the incredible value in these locations. I wish i had planned more relaxing time into my schedule since i had to rush to see all the property had to explore. The staff was awesome and i know since i tasked them several times ... from finding an item that we forgot to pack to even checking on a list of students at the school during a point in the school’s history. Thanks for the stay and we’ll definitely be back to school after summer break.
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Terry and I like to fly to distant cities to embark on a road trip to see the natural beauty of the area with a little city mixed in. The school hotel was wonderful beyond expectations. To quote a friend"Disney Land for adults". Music was great. We loved the soaking pool. Check it out. Have fun
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Response from Roving01680772449, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to use the pool and enjoy the music. Megan Black McMenamins Kennedy School Hotel Manager
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We picked the Courtyard, since it had outdoor seating. Ten of us in total, so much fun to see everyone. The selection of brews, ciders wine and hard spirits was outstanding. We all tried a different liquid libation, all were very tasty. Ashley was great, she did a stellar job and got all the orders right. The food... Hummus plate was okay, soft pretzels and cheese was good. $34. for a large pizza? It was disappointing the lack of toppings for that kind of money it should have been piled high with meat, vegies and oozing with cheese. You know, the kind that has gooey cheese trailing off the pie. It also should have been hotter, tepid pizza isn't very nice to eat. Two burgers were also ordered, neither was anything to rave about. Meat was dry no flavor and they also were not hot. A couple salads were ordered, again for the money you expect to see lots of goodies and plenty of dressing. They were under whelming. The salmon that was ordered was the only meal that was finished, and it was shared by a couple. What saved the visit was the table under the trees, even if they had us all seated at a table that was set up for 6 to start with. Not impressed, doubt we will return. Cheers
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Since moving to Portland, we've enjoyed seeing the McMenamins properties and concepts. Especially liked the Boiler Room concept and ambiance. However, they posted an ad on their web site for a July 4th BBQ. Great big FREE button on the ad. Further down the page they advertised music that would also be playing. On arrival, we found out the music was free, but they were charging for the BBQ. $11 for a cheeseburger. I don't know that I have seen such blatantly misleading advertising in a very long time. Was going to strongly recommend their hotel to family coming to Portland. Now, I don't think so. And with the phenomenal food and drink venues all around Portland, I'm not sure I'll be back at all.
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Response from RachelF3129, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello, I'm so sorry that our ad was confusing, we certainly weren't trying to be misleading. It was a free event, music was free, but food and beverage were available for purchase. Looking at it, we probably should have just called it a 4th of July celebration instead of BBQ and moved the word free to the music portion. We will change it for next year and make sure it is clear. Thanks, Rachel F Kennedy School Principal rachelf@mcmenamins.com 503-249-7455
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We stayed here for one night while in the PNW. It is truly a school turned hotel. Our boys, ages 8 and 10, loves the chalkboard in the room and movie theater full of couches. We watched Detective Pikachu and are dinner on a folding breakfast table while munching on fresh popped popcorn. The kids meals were tasty. I had a few bites of the grilled cheese and tater tots. Later we tried the soaking tub. It’s big and the boys loved it as us parents relaxed in the warm salt water. There is a bunch of people not staying at the hotel on the grounds for the theater, soaking tub, bars, and restaurants that are on site. It didn’t bother us. We had two Roll always in the room for the boys and they reported they liked the beds. There isn’t a tv in the room or air conditioning if you were expecting that. We were ok without both, but wanted to give fair warning to anyone expecting the norms of a hotel. I recommend a stay here, especially for a family!
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Response from Escape19827065722, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School
Responded 4 weeks ago
We are glad you and your family enjoyed your stay with us and you were able to partake in all the fun stuff to do on property. Although our rooms do not have T.V.'s we do have centralized air throughout the main building and try to keep the room at comfortable temperatures. Our English Wing rooms do come with individual temperature control in the room. Thank you for the wonderful review and we hope to catch you next time you are in Portland! Megan Black Hotel Manager McMenamins Kennedy School
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$166 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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