Portland Hotels



McMenamins Kennedy School

At a Glance


  • funky and authentic Portland experience
  • many opportunities for fun on site
  • room rates include movies and use of year-round soaking pool


  • no bathtubs, only shower stalls
  • no TVs in rooms
  • no elevator
  • food mediocre

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McMenamins Kennedy School Review

In a renovated elementary school in northeast Portland, this may well be one of the most unusual (and awesome) hotels you'll ever encounter. The McMenamin brothers have created a luxurious and fantastical multi-use facility with a movie theater that serves food and drink and is furnished with couches, a warm outdoor soaking pool, a brewery, and six small bars: go to the Detention Bar to smoke cigars; the Honors Bar for cocktails and opera; the Boiler Room Bar for billiards and shuffleboard (and impressive pipe work). Guest rooms occupy former classrooms—some complete with the original chalkboards and cloakrooms—and each has a hand-painted mural depicting a nursery rhyme or teacher.

    Hotel Details

  • 57 rooms.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-30-2013

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    Unique & Different

    I liked the Kennedy School because it is in a quiet residential area. Many of the local neighbors show up to go to the funky theatre, hang out in the restaurant and bar. It has a hot - or soaking tub/pool that is lovely.

    by nanabee, 6/6/07

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