Towards the end of last year, McMenamins opened their much anticipated entertainment complex in Bothell, Washington and it was worth the wait. Just north of Seattle, the revitalized Anderson School five acre property now features a 72 room hotel, three restaurants, three bars, a brewery, movie theater, and a massive pool.
McMenamins has once again created an entertainment complex out of an old school. This time it’s at the Anderson School property in Bothell, Washington, just 20 minutes from downtown Seattle. The Anderson School was originally built in 1931 and gained historic status in 2013. This property features a 72 room hotel, three restaurants, three bars, a brewery, movie theater, gift shop and a salt water pool.
There are many reasons to check out the Anderson School. You could pop into eat at one of their three restaurants with the family or you could hang out at one of their bars without the kids. You could just stroll around and look at all the unique artwork and light fixtures. You may even want to stay the night at their hotel, so you can do all the above and go swimming.
72 Hotel Rooms
All hotel rooms at the Anderson School include either a king or queen bed with private bathroom, television, free Wi-Fi and telephone. That’s right – these rooms have their own bathrooms! Unlike most McMenamins properties, you do not have to share a bathroom which means this property is way more family-friendly then some of their other hotels. Not only that, but these rooms have TV and a phone, again different from many of their other properties. Hotel guests also receive complimentary use of the swimming pool. I liked the size of the rooms. Our room was quite large and we had plenty of room.
On the third floor of the hotel you will find the principal’s office, which they converted into a cozy hotel bar where coffee, breakfast cocktails and pastries are available in the morning and beer, wine and spirits are served in the evening. In the mornings, plain coffee is free, but everything else has a cost.
North Shore Lagoon
The salt water swimming pool is unbelievable and we had so much fun swimming while we stayed here. It’s a heated indoor pool and it’s almost Olympic size. The entire pool ranges from three to five feet deep, so most kids will have no problem touching the bottom. They do not have life jackets, so be sure to bring your own if you need them. Local residents are allowed to come out and swim along with guests staying at the Anderson School.
Tavern on the Square is inside what was the school’s cafeteria. This Northwest style cafe is open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu has options like the French Quarter Shrimp with creamy French dressing, poached shrimp, chopped egg, tomato, cucumber, and an iceberg wedge. They also serve ice cream made at the Anderson School creamery!
The Wood Shop is more of a traditional pub with pool tables, shuffleboard, and pinball. The food here is more traditional pub food as well like pizza, burgers and tots. They offer happy hour twice a day.
North Shore Lagoon is a tiki bar in the pool area and over looks the swimming pool. Menu options include choices like the Seoul City Steak Bite Mune Louie made with kimchi, sesame seeds, and a spicy-sweet soy glaze. (pictured below) To be honest it wasn’t that good. I recommend sticking with one of their hamburgers. And as far as ordering a beer I always go with the Ruby! If you are a rum fan you will please to find out that they offer more than 80 different types of rum! They also offer happy hour twice a day!
Of course, no McMenamins hotel complex could be complete with out The Shed. They did such a great job with The Shed here. It is the only structure they actually added to the property. It has an incredible fireplace that is double sided, so you can enjoy it inside or outside on the patio.
Unique to this McMenamins property is a 10 barrel copper kettle brewing system. Here they produce seasonal ales and small batches of their most popular beers like Ruby and Hammerhead.
Things I liked:
- Pet friendly – For just $15 a night your pet can stay with you.
- Rollaways are available
- Kids six and under stay free
- Free live music on some nights
- Over sized room, plenty big for a family of four
McMenamins operates 54 distinctive pubs, restaurants and historic hotels in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin as a single Portland neighborhood pub in 1983, McMenamins today includes nine Washington locations and 45 Oregon properties, 18 on the National Register of Historic Places. McMenamins’ handcrafts its own beer, wine, spirits, cider and coffee and offers an eclectic mix of pubs, hotels, movie theaters, concert venues, spas and events.