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McMenamins Kennedy School

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Reviewed 2 September 2014

We had heard many good things from friends about Kennedy School so we decided to stay for a couple nights. When we entered the building, there was a line of parents with toddlers and babies waiting to use the pool. Evidently, the pool is open to the locals for a modest fee. I don't know what was worse, the smell...

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

Hi AlpineFish- Thank for sharing your experience with us. The soaking pool is open to the public but as a courtesy to our guests we have set aside guest only hours in the morning and evening. Hopefully if you visit us again you can take advantage of these time frames. Our rooms are television free, but we do offer complimentary...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 31 August 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay here. It was like entering a self-contained community with lots of opportunity for exploration and fun. The kids loved the chalk boards in our room that was an ex-classroom, the extremely comfy movie theater and the (warm) soaking pool. Unfortunately, having the kids meant we couldn't use any of the quirky and fun bars on...

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

Hi MisterGulliver- Thank you for sharing your Portland experience with us. Come back and see us soon!

Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

I love all the history in this hotel. From the wooden hallways to the chalkboard in our ABC guest room To The great pictures and re-use of the school spaces as restaurants and bars. Loved the Boiler room bar. Bed was comfortable and the room had good space (so cute coat closet from school days)! Pay attention to private versus...

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

Hi Kerry F- The ABC room is one of my favorite rooms! Spacious and the cloak closet is great. One of my favorite things about our company is that we preserve the history and incorporate it into our budiling. It sounds like you and your family had a wonderful time and this lets us know we did our job right....

Eureka, California
Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed my stay at this place, I roamed the halls with my beers & watched a movie in the theater. The soaking pool was excellent . Didn't leave campus until checkout time :) one of the more interesting places I've stayed in a while.

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

Hi BaneDamage- It is nice to hear you spent all your time with us. There are so many great things to do without having to leave the property. Come back and visit soon.

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Reviewed 22 August 2014

We were only able to book one night at the Kennedy School and I wish we could have stayed more nights. The hotel is in an old school building and is richly decorated with folk art, photographs and history of the school. I loved walking around a looking at all the art. We stayed here the first day of our...

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

Hi Amy F- We are glad we were your first stop in Portland and did not disappoint! From your review it looks like you were able to enjoy just about everything we have to offer. It is wonderful to hear everyone enjoyed their time with us. Thank you for your awesome review. We look foward to your next stay with...

Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed for one night that I wish could have been 2! Our room was in the English Wing, and while a bit small, it was extremely comfortable and beautifully appointed. We went to the theater and watched two movies back to back while snuggling on a couch and it was so fun! We also had pizza and crab cakes...

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

Hi Angela H- We hope we see agan next time for 2 nights! The theater is such a comfy place to watch a movie and snuggle. It's always great to hear our staff was friendly. This is what we strive for. I will let the chef know about your compliments along with our brewers. It is nice to hear you...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 12 August 2014

This was my first McMenamins experience and I am hooked! I absolutely loved the themes of the various rooms and the thought and creativity that went into each room. I particularly enjoyed the Honors bar with the fresh cocktails and the food was good at the restaurant at well. I would absolutely stay here again. For the amazing experience that...

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

Hi Travelling_Mimi12- Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so glad we hooked you! Honors bar is wonderful for a quiet cozy experience. The free parking is always a plus too. Please come and see us again next time you are in town.

Reviewed 7 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 7 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...

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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
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Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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  • Pool
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Additional Information about McMenamins Kennedy School

Address: 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
Region: United States > Oregon > Portland
Price Range: €145 - €215 (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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