McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Concordia, Portland, Oregon, 97211, United States

In a renovated elementary school on the edge of a trendy Northeast Portland neighborhood, Oregon's famously creative McMenamin brothers hoteliers have created a quirky and fantastical multiuse facility with rooms that feature original schoolhouse touches like chalkboards and cloakrooms and literature-inspired themes, a movie theater, a restaurant, a warm outdoor soaking pool, a brewery, and several small bars. This may be one of the most unusual (and fun) hotels you'll ever encounter, and perhaps one you won't want to leave. The casual Courtyard restaurant, "a school cafeteria like no other," has mahogany booths, an outdoor space for warmer days, decent pub food, and ales brewed in-house. You can smoke cigars in the Detention Bar, enjoy cocktails and classical music in Honors Bar, or play billiards and shuffleboard in the Boiler Room Bar—depending on your mood. Guest rooms occupy former classrooms, and each has tall windows and a hand-painted mural depicting a nursery rhyme or teacher.


  • funky and authentic Portland experience
  • room rates include movies and use of year-round soaking pool
  • free parking
  • close to trendy Alberta Arts District


  • rooms have showers but no tubs
  • no TVs in rooms
  • 20-minute drive or 40-minute bus ride from downtown


Phones: 503-249–3983


57 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals