Nestled in Northeast Portland, McMenamins Kennedy School reasonates with the charm of a 1915 era elementary school turned into a hotel, restaurant, and theater. This guide aids you in planning your memorable visit to this remarkable place.


McMenamins Kennedy School was an operating public elementary school from 1915 until its closure in 1975. In 1997, the McMenamin brothers converted the school into a unique space featuring a hotel, movie theater, bars, and a restaurant while maintaining the school’s original architecture.

How to Get There

McMenamins Kennedy School is conveniently located in the Concordia district and can be reached by car, bus, or bike. Public transportation like 72-Killingsworth/82nd Ave buses or the Portland Streetcar provide easy access.

List of Attractions

  • The 57 cozy guestrooms, many of which were former classrooms.
  • The on-site movie theater which offers new releases as well as cult classics.
  • Several unique bars, each with their own charm and history.
  • Play golf! There is a golf course on the property.
  • Artwork and historical photographs cover every inch of the walls, providing a unique aesthetic experience.
  • The soaking pool, perfect for relaxation after a long day.

Tips for Visiting

  • Check movie times online ahead of visiting, to plan your day accordingly.
  • Take a dip in the soaking pool to unwind, and be sure to bring your own towel.
  • Enjoy free guided tours every Tuesday at 10 am or self-guided tours using the property maps.
  • Avoid driving if possible as parking can be limited.
  • Check out the gift shop for unique souvenirs or McMenamins gear.

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