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McMenamins Kennedy School
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

From what I can well, the McMenamins buy historic properties, and turn them into absolutely brilliant hotels/pubs/and more!

I have been to at least 4, and all have impressed me.

They brew their own beer, make their own wine and distill some great spirits. (all of them are fantastic)


They do a European style hotel at this site, where there is no shower/bath in the room, just so you know. But there was sink in all of my rooms, and the great people, murals, atmosphere made everything great. Bathroom in the hall, it works! I cannot recommend any hotels better for my style of NW traveling. If you stay at one of their properties, you will go again for sure.

Room Tip: All rooms are good rooms.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

Thank you for your wonderful feedback and support. There are so many fun things to do on our properties from the restaurant, to the small bars, brewery, hotel, gift shop, soaking pool, and theater. You are correct about most of our hotels having European style bathrooms, but here at the Kennedy School all of our rooms do have their own private bathrooms. Please be sure to stop by and see us again!

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We stayed at the Kennedy School for a night during a recent visit to Portland. It's a very nice property - beautiful gardens filled with happy bees, lots of elements left over from its days as a school. We stayed in the English Wing. Our room was spotless, everything appeared to be very new, there was a quiet and efficient A/C-fan unit, as well as a nice opening window with blackout blinds. We had a great sleep, and were very comfortable overall. Staff were without exception friendly and helpful. On the day we visited it, the soaking pool was quite crowded with splashy kids, but it was pleasant nonetheless. It would be nice if the hotel would consider extending the soaking pool hours designated for guests only slightly. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2013

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. The new rooms in our English wing are amazing and the art work is grand. We will definately take into consideration your comments about the soaking pool hours for guest. I will private message you to receive a little more feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Stayed 4 nights for a wedding thoroughly enjoyed every thing-the way the school has been into a unique hotel, the food,the venue and especially the extremely helpful staff. would definitely return and recommend Kennedy School to all out friends

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2013

Thank you for spending time with us and your feedback. We strive to provide the best customer service and experience possible. Make sure to come back and see us.

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is a fun experience. The rooms are historic class rooms, there is a detention bar along with several others, a gym converted to a banquet room and amazing soaking pool. The Kennedy is entertaining, much more than a place to stay. Oh yes, including rumors of a ghost.

Easy walk to the Alberta Street revitalized neighborhood village where you will find very good restaurants, shps and markets.

Room Tip: Ask to stay in historic class room and not the new section addition.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thank you for your comments. Please make sure to come back and visit us again!

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Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay at the Kennedy School. From our night at the theater to a morning soak in the soaking pool. The room was clean and the many bars on site were a great value during happy hour. The whole experience was very cool. We only wished we had checked in right at 3 pm to maximize the stay.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Gloria M, Manager at McMenamins Kennedy School, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

Thank you for your review. We expect to see you back so you can maximize your time here with us!

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