A few weeks ago, I stayed at the Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon, a vintage Craftsman-era elementary school that’s been turned into a groovy hotel. There’s a microbrewery on-site, as well as several small bars, a
restaurant, a theater with couches that serves pizza and booze, and a Jacuzzi nearly the size of a lap pool. There is live music in the old gymnasium on various evenings (I’m bummed I missed it). The décor is baroque hippie: colorful mosaic pendant lanterns, dark red and green walls, fireplaces, and psychedelic ironwork. My room, an old classroom, had chalkboards and a cubbyhole with hooks for children’s jackets. The hotel belongs to McMenamins, a chain of brewpubs and funky inns across Oregon. Great beer, too. I wish they’d expand to California.
The Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon