Firstly, Carmel by-the-sea is absolutely charming! What a pretty town. We spent one night in town on our way down the coast. We had booked l'Auberge prior to leaving Australia and we were thrilled with it. The staff are friendly and helpful. Remember this is a little country town, not a slick metropolis and the service reflects this.
We were psyched up for a tiny room based on some of the reviews and were surprised by how spacious our room was. The bed was unbelievably comfortable. We'd left our charger converter in San Fran and the staff were happy to find us a replacement to use while we were there.
When we returned from dinner in town (easy walking distance from l'Auberge) they had left us milk and cookies, plus the recipe for the cookies.
We opted for breakfast in bed (seriously, this is a bed you do not want to leave) which was spectacular! Best ever scrambled eggs, chocolate croissants, toast, preserves, fresh orange juice, big pot of hot coffee, fresh fruit....all presented beautifully on a tray with white linen.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Ask for Room 21 if you're worried about room size. We were very happy campers.