Since its 1915 opening, this historic elementary school has been a beloved fixture of its Northeast Portland neighborhood. McMenamins renovated the once-abandoned scholastic gem and turned it into Portland’s most unique hotel. Here you’ll find 57 comfy guestrooms with private baths and telephones (some fashioned from former classrooms complete with original chalkboards and cloakrooms – others with an author’s theme), a restaurant, multiple small bars, a movie theater, soaking pool, gift shop and a brewery (just wait until the principal hears about this!). Extensive original artwork and historical photographs cover the walls, ceilings, doorways and hallways.
- Spa / Hot Tub,
- Pet Friendly,
- Family Friendly,
- Restaurant / Lounge,
- Handicap Accessible,
- Air Conditioning,
- Bike Parking,
- Complimentary Water,
- Public Restroom,
Virtual reality is almost as good as being there.
TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews
This place is so cool
It’s an old school turned into a hotel, with a bunch of different restaurants. There’s so much to see here and unfortunately I didn’t get to see everything. We had gotten there kinda late looking for something light to eat. My brother had told me how cool this place was and it really lived up to what he told me. The gift shop had a lot of cool things but I didn’t get too much because I was afraid it would be damaged on the plane ride home.
Cajun tots and beer
Awesome building. Really fascinating layout with lots of wood and steam punk vibe. Beers are ok, not great by Oregon standards, but good. The terminator stout is a nice “light”, flavorsome stout. But the Cajun tots and the beer ... are just a perfect combo.
If there is one hotel I talk about to my friends, it is this. A friend of mine introduced me to it and i fell for it instantly. The rooms, restaurant, social rooms are really cool and obviosly a big "school" feeling to it. Perfect place to socialise and have a great time. I can't be more positive about this place.
Relaxing and comfortable
The Kennedy School is not merely comfortable because the beds are good and the bathrooms are clean. It isn't just the high ceilings and vintage charm. The quirky art EVERYWHERE and the soaking pool and three little bars and the restaurant—all good. The fact that it's an actual school is charming. The greenery. The parking. The movie theater on site—free for guest. All good. But put all this together, and you have a great tplace to stay.
Awesome, quirky highlight of our trip to Portland
McMenamins is a cool, funky hotel. A great old converted school that has interesting art, bars, swimming pools and the best bingo game ever! If you're looking for a great place to hang out with the kids, grab a drink or a yummy bite to eat this is the place.