Portland embraces its "weirdness", but the Heathman Hotel is nothing short of boutique "cool".
This was my second stay at the Heathman in the past 2 months (September 2012 and November 2012) and I love the property. Not too big, not too small. Not to stuffy, not too outrageous. Attentive, but not overbearing. It's perfect for business or leisure in the heart of downtown Portland.
After my second stay I realized what made this hotel so comfortable - other than the obvious of bed, pillow, amenities, etc (which were all very nice) - it's the colors and the lighting. The common areas and rooms have the perfect combination of decor, color and lighting. Hard to describe unless you see it yourself.
Yes ... rooms are smaller, but well appointed. Although I had the fortune of staying in #902 on my last visit and it was very spacious. Additionally, the "little things" make a big difference to me. Wireless internet is free and fast, French press and fresh coffee in all the rooms, convenient outlets, noise masking HVAC system, a bottle of water, small but efficient exercise room, live jazz every night in the lounge.
I would highly recommend checking it out if you visit PDX. Don't miss the Warhol art collection and library while you're there. Very unique!