Hotel McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland

5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211, United States of America (show on map)

Expert reviews

Frommers review:

“This former elementary school (built in 1915) has been brought back to life as possibly the most unusual hotel in town. There’s colorful hand-painted art on the walls, a couch-filled movie-theater pub, a brewery, and a saltwater soaking pool outdoors, for starters. Choose from two restaurants, which continue the quirky decorating vibe with paintings and other artwork.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Portland.

Fodors review:

“A lot of people associate Portland with adjectives like “quirky,” “unique,” and “weird.” Well, those adjectives are on full display at McMenamins Kennedy School. McMenamins took over the abandoned school property (which was built in 1915) and repurposed it as a hotel, where you can have a pint in a classroom, enjoy an aged whiskey in detention, [or] enjoy a movie in the old auditorium.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Portland.

Guest rating

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4.4 out of 5.0

Ranked 6th in Portland


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All you need to know

As the name suggests, the theme of this hotel is to remind you of your school days. Remember when you were not allowed to sleep during school hours? Well, now you can sleep in school. Enjoy a drink in your classroom and a movie in the school auditorium.

It was a school back in early 1915 which was abandoned and now is renovated into a great hotel by McMenamins. This school is renovated to give you around 57 comfortable rooms with installed telephones and baths. The renovations are made keeping the school theme intact.

Some new amenities installed are small bars, a theatre, a restaurant, and a pool to add more comfort to the guests. Kennedy school is a well-suited place for business travelers from all across the world. The airport and the shopping sites are all within minutes’ ride from McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland.

Pets are allowed inside the rooms at a minimal charge of $15. You get orange bicycles outside for rent to tour the city. It has an auto-locking feature, which means you can leave the bike for the next person. All the required information about the available bikes is available on a mobile application.

You get a wide range of pubs and restaurants to add more fun to your trip. The old auditoriums are converted into movie halls and theatres. The theatres host music concerts and many other events, especially for the guests. If you are planning your vacation to Portland, McMenamins is at your service.


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