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McMenamins Kennedy School

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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We have been to many McMenamins hotels and this one was not my favorite only because we went for an event and there were so many kids in the pool and running everywhere. The room was great, we were in one of the new ones and it was quiet and very very clean. Everyone was really nice and the check...

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

Hi Carrie J- Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so pleased to hear the room was great and you had an easy check-in process. Our staff also loves to hear how nice they are so I will let them know! We are very family oriented and love our familes so we do have a lot...

Cheltenham
Reviewed 8 August 2014

We stayed here on our road trip down the coast with this being our inland detour. It was easy to find and close to route 30 which is well sign posted to get back out the coast. We were initially disappointed not to be in a classroom but the room we had was comfy and quirky. The bars are all...

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

Hi Bulrac- Thank you for sharing your stay with us. We are quite quirky. We are so pleased to see the word friendly used! We hope you stay with us in the future and get to stay in a classroom.

Zionsville, Indiana
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stayed recently on family trip to Oregon based on a Portlander's recommendation. Family of four, so had to go 2 rooms. Very cool place and very popular with the locals. I was a little scared that it mgiht be a tourist trap, but not at all. Placed is packed with activity and like no other place I have been....

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

Hi danderson20- Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are sorry you were disappointed about the minor restrictions in the movie theater. This is regulated by the OLCC. Until recently minors were not allowed into showings after 7pm. Our company fought really hard to have minors allowed into movies after 7pm with a parent or guardian and we...

Freehold, New Jersey
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Pros: Very interesting place. It's a recycled old school building restored while still hanging onto some fairly well worn attributes. This and the artsy decor gives the place lots of character with no downside. Clean & comfortable with a friendly helpful staff. Overall, a fun and interesting place to stay. Cons: Not a particularly convenient location. The area is a...

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

Hi StevenMaxx- Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy that you had an overall positive experience. Thank you for your comments and feedback out the Courtyard Restuarant. We will be sharing your comments with our Executive Chef and Restuarant Manager. We are always looking for ways to improve our guests experience. We hope you choose...

Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed 29 July 2014

Positives: Beautiful large rooms - you can really spread out and feel comfortable (and they are each unique), large windows, great bed Walking around the school is an experience - we love the bars and restaurants The staff - so helpful, they held our bags for two nights while we were hiking in the Columbia river gorge The pool is...

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

Hi Kassierunyan- Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are pleased to here you had a nice time. In the future let us know if you need a fan as we do have those availble for our guests. There central AC in the rooms in our main building but on hot days it can feel a little warm...

Alexandria, Virginia
Reviewed 24 July 2014

This charming property housed in a former elementary school has so much going for it. The walls are covered with a ludicrously eclectic variety of vintage and new art, the rooms are airy, very comfortable, and immaculately clean, and there are at least half a dozen funky little bars, including an onsite brewery and a cigar bar, a movie theater,...

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

Hi DOD56- Thank you for sharing your welcoming and comfortable experience. We strive to provide this experience with all of our guests. We hope next time you are in town you we are your go to hotel.

Asheville, North Carolina
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We stumbled upon this colorful hotel after a recommendation from a garage mechanic (long story). The Kennedy School is conveniently located near the Arts District of Portland. It is within easy walking distance of nice restaurants, shops, and the famous Salt and Straw Ice Cream Shop. We opted for a room with a bath; rooms with shared baths are also...

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

Hi Miguet- It is nice to hear the mechanic recommended us to you! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It is nice we are within walking distance of the Alberta Arts District; there are a lot of fun shops and restaurants to visit. At this location all of our rooms do have their own...

Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 21 July 2014

A totally unique experience! I had heard that the McMenamins-sytle lodging was fun, but had to see it for ourselves. There were multiple bars and places to eat spread across the entire school property. Little corners of the building, like Honors & Detention, where you would never expect to find a little place to grab a beer. My personal favorite...

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

Hi jgibson1006- Thank you for sharing your unique experience with us! We will be following up with the Excecutive chef about your food experience in the Boiler Room Bar. We look foward to seeing again next time you are in town.

New York City, New York
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We stayed at The Kennedy School this past weekend. We were in town for a wedding and this was close to our friends house. Overall it was an adequate hotel, comfy bed and nice bathroom. A few things fell short for me. We got there at about 12pm- I say "Hi we're checking in today" the desk agent replies "Oh...

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

Hi BigE423- Thank you for taking the time to review us and your great feedback. We will take all of your comments into consideration. Your feedback allows us to continue to improve our guests experiences. We will use your check-in experience as a training tool. We will also let Paul know what a wonderful job he did! He will be...

Avondale, Arizona
Reviewed 10 July 2014

What a unique experience! There is so much to see and do on this property. It was a great place to stay on the day of our travel because everything you could want is right there on the property. There are restaurants, bars (plural), and a movie theater all on site! The hotel is so full of history and interesting....

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Annette S- Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It sounds like you had a wonderful time here. Please come back and see us soon.

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Room Service
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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McMenamins Kennedy School
McMenamins Kennedy School
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Banquet Room

Additional Information about McMenamins Kennedy School

Address: 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
Region: United States > Oregon > Portland
Price Range: $219 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — McMenamins Kennedy School 3.5*
Number of rooms: 57
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#29 Family Hotel in Portland
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“The first floor rooms in the older building seemed like they would be loud”
 of 5 bubbles PlannerGeek, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
“If you don't want noise, ask for one of the back and upper floor rooms away from the pool.”
 of 5 bubbles bb_organic, 17 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I ask for a quiter room and am generally satisfied.”
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“the further from the gyms, bars, and restaurants, the quieter.”
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“Ask for room away from fire pit .”
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