The only downside to Ivy is that the spa facilities are women-only. As a woman staying there on my own, this was not a problem, but it might make me think twice before choosing the Ivy for a getaway with my husband.
The Ivy tends to every detail with excellence and comfort in mind. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable, the rooms are spacious and beautiful, and decorated as if you're in someone's home - there is nothing "institutional"-feeling about them. The bathrooms are large and well-appointed - luxuriating in the soaker tub, complete with house-made bath salts - rivals the best spas. The bed was possibly the best bed I have ever slept in, and the rest of the facilities - George restaurant, the Verity lounges, Sweetgrass Spa, are first rate.