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Tour the McMenamins Anderson School Hotel

Nestled in Bothell, Washington, the McMenamins Anderson School hotel is a hub of hospitality and pure enjoyment. Originally built in 1931 as Bothell’s first junior high school, the historic schoolhouse has evolved into a beloved landmark and popular Washington state destination.

Designed with fun in mind, the property offers dining, movies, live music, swimming, games, shopping, tastings, and all-around delight for visitors of all ages. Staying at McMenamins Anderson School hotel offers an array of activities to fill your itinerary — read on to explore the hotel’s five acres where you can order drinks in the Principal’s Office, play pinball in The Woodshop, and skip gym class to float in the pool.

McMenamins Anderson School Lodging

Discover unique guest rooms throughout the McMenamins hotel, each adorned with original artwork from local artists and named after notable figures and events from Bothell's history. From impactful teachers to Olympic gold medalists who trained in the pool and the area's earliest Native American settlers, guests will uncover captivating glimpses into the local heritage.

Insider Tip: Book a one- or two-night stay at McMenamins Anderson School using our Sip & Stay package and you’ll receive discounted hotel rates and complimentary wine tastings in Woodinville Wine Country during your visit.

Tavern on the Square

Formerly the school cafeteria, the Tavern on the Square farm-to-table restaurant offers a comfortable yet sophisticated atmosphere, open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and more. Enjoy market-fresh seafood, local produce, house-made pastries, and desserts, including ice cream from the Anderson School Creamery.

The Woodshop

The Woodshop, once the school's woodshop, still features hidden compartments behind the displays and boasts the largest spirits selection on the property. Enjoy the expansive tap list while watching live sports on big screens or playing shuffleboard, pool, or pinball. This area also offers classic pub fare including burgers, tots, pizza, and salads, with menus featuring happy hour and dessert items.

North Shore Lagoon

North Shore Lagoon offers a tropical oasis with Tiki totem poles, bamboo walls, and a soaking pool. Open daily, the 112-foot saltwater pool is free for hotel guests and Bothell residents with valid ID and open to the public in one-hour sessions for a small fee.

Nui Nui

Ascend from the North Shore Lagoon to Nui Nui, where walls adorned with teak from Balinese fishing boats and fixtures crafted from Balinese chicken cages create an island-style atmosphere. Enjoy a unique menu featuring cuisine from the South Seas, Caribbean, and South America, along with over 80 rums and cocktails to showcase them.

The Shed

In The Shed, whiskey and classic cocktails reign supreme. With indoor and outdoor fireplaces providing warmth, gather around the patio or bench seating for an inviting atmosphere.

Principal's Office

Set within the former administrative offices of the school, this intimate bar offers a diverse selection of beers, wines, and spirits.

Anderson School Brewery

Once part of the school's woodshop, this space is now where beer-making takes place on the 10-barrel brewing system. From crisp lagers to bold ales, each unique craft beverage is meticulously brewed to perfection, showcasing the artistry and expertise of McMenamins' master brewers.

Anderson School Garden

The grounds of Anderson School highlight the Pacific Northwest's diverse flora. From a wild meadow to a kitchen garden that provides fresh produce for McMenamins’ onsite restaurants and bars, each season brings new delights. 

Anderson School Theater

This old-world theater with new-world technology has multiple movie showings daily. Kick back in deluxe rocker seats and enjoy pizza, burger, and beer delivered right to your seat.

McMenamins Events

From lively festivals to intimate live music, McMenamins events are always memorable affairs. Whether celebrating local art, music, or cuisine, these events bring the community together in a spirit of camaraderie and celebration.

The Market at McMenamins

Once you’ve seen all that McMenamins Anderson School has to offer, carve out some time to stop into The Market for unique souvenirs. Find a full line of Anderson School apparel, handcrafted beverages made on the property, and coffee beans from the Anderson School roastery. You can even purchase a pint in the market and drink while you shop!


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