Back to School: McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell Set to Open on October 15

September 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Openings

Seattle schools might not be back in session today, but the new McMenamins Anderson School is getting closer to opening in Bothell. They are scheduled to open the doors to the public on October 15, and you can reserve one of the 72 rooms in the hotel online now.

Following is a video from last month showing the construction progress at the school.

Here is a full press release with more info about Anderson School:

McMenamins revitalization of the historic Anderson School in downtown Bothell is well underway, with a scheduled opening date of Oct. 15. The property will feature a 72-room hotel, McMenamins’ first in the Seattle-area, and will serve as a gathering place for friends, neighbors and out-of-town guests.

In keeping with McMenamins’ creative approach to business, the school’s original woodworking shop is becoming a brewery and game room bar and classrooms will be converted to hotel rooms with private baths. The former gymnasium is being repurposed into a first-run movie theater and meeting space, and the cafeteria will serve as a restaurant with a lounge. Guests will also be able to relax in a South Seas-inspired version of the school’s original pool, which will be filled with salt-water and have a tropical feel with indoor botanicals and natural light.

“For us, it’s all about community. By bringing fresh ideas forward while honoring the past, we hope to create a place where everyone feels welcome,” said Mike McMenamin. “With beautiful buildings in such a great location, our goal is to create unique, memorable experiences for our guests. After years of planning, it’s rewarding to see the Anderson School vision become reality.”

The five-plus-acre McMenamins Anderson School property will include many features, including:

• The statuesque 1930s art deco school building converted to a three-story, 72-room hotel. Drawing from local history, each room will have a unique name and theme. Stories of local people and events are being hand-painted on walls and hotel room headboards by McMenamins’ team of 20 artists.

• The bright and naturally-lit family-friendly community pool will be three- to five-feet deep and surrounded by tropical landscaping for a South Seas style swimming experience. The facility will be open to the public and hotel guests. Bothell residents will have free use of the pool and a community meeting room.

• A market-fresh restaurant serving locally sourced ingredients will be in the School’s former cafeteria. The properties five other dining locations include a Principal’s Office wine and coffee bar, a jungle-inspired balcony pub on the second floor overlooking the pool, The Shack small bar located in the center courtyard, the Woodshop bar & game room including shuffle board, darts, pool and pinball and the movie theater.

• First-run movies will be shown in a 134-seat theater featuring food and beverage service.

• A wide variety of indoor and outdoor meeting, wedding and other event space – adorned with treasures and antiques that have been collected by McMenamins over the years ? will be available for small and large groups throughout the property.

• The on-site Anderson School Brewery – a 10-barrel system – will serve up a variety of handcrafted beers including Hammerhead, Ruby and Terminator Stoutas well as small-batch and one-time brews.

• McMenamins handcrafted bottled beer, spirits, wine, plus artistic glassware, growlers apparel and merchandise will be available for purchase at the gift shop.

• Gardens and additional community green space will connect with the newly restored Horse Creek.

The Anderson School property is a part of the city’s long-term redevelopment plan, which includes a new City Hall and city center. Located just 20 minutes northeast of downtown Seattle, the city is ideally located to take advantage of the burgeoning tourist draw of the Sammamish River Valley and Seattle’s booming high-tech industry.

Anderson School hotel rooms can be reserved online now. Event space bookings are also now available online or by calling (425) 398-0127.

McMenamins will begin accepting applications for more than 150 full- and part-time Anderson School positions in May. Job listings will be posted on McMenamins website as they become available.

About McMenamins

Founded by brothers Mike and Brian, McMenamins began as a single neighborhood pub in 1983 and today includes eight 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 for guests to enjoy. For more information, visit


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