"The Owner Pours Her Heart Into This Place". That's what the desk clerk said to me as I complimented him upon check out. You've read the other reviews; they're fairly accurate. We tend to stay in antiseptic, predictable hotels (e.g., Hyatt) but that doesn't exist in Carmel-by-the Sea. At Lobos Lodge you get a large, clean room with sitting area. The property itself is where the proprietor's creativity is evidenced. It is designed to have the feel of a retreat despite it's postage stamp size (plenty of parking, though). Well done.
Last thing: you've probably noticed people writing about the "make your own coffee" with the breakfast delivered to your room. Skip it. You can't walk a block in Carmel without coming upon a good coffee shop. Throw on a pair of pants, grab a cup and bring it back to your room ;-)