Sebastian's cousin and mother met us to give and later receive keys. Lovely ladies. Responded immediately to phone call after one glitch with the washing machine (there is no drier; use clothes line). Sebastian is available by e-mail (lives outside the country).
The apartment is exactly as represented, small living room overlooking the river, with comfy reclining leather double couch, dining table and chairs, cable TV (very limited English-language programming. Access U.S. TV using VPN on Wi-Fi). King-size bed firm and comfortable. Plenty of hot water for showers. The other two bedrooms are single beds. Parquet floors throughout (except 1 small bedroom, carpeted.) Wi-Fi works fine. (Password on post-it attached to router.) Kitchen is small, but serviceable with range, oven, sink, refrigerator, microwave. Spectacular view of the city and river. (Awesome sunrises and sunsets.) AC splits work fine; only needed 2-3 days during Nov.Dec. Nice drafts if you open windows on opposite sides of the building. Deck upstairs with parrilla (too rusty to use, though). Swimming pool on ground floor usable during warm weather. Gym is poorly equipped. Forget about it.
Suggest joining the gym/health club/spa at the Radisson on Plaza Independencia, 6th floor (20 min bus ride, 10 min taxi costs around U$S 6) for around U$S 100/mo or daily rates. It has an indoor, deep, Olympic-size, heated swimming pool that is to die for, well-equipped gym with treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, circuit training machines, weights, lockers, jacuzzi, sauna. It's never crowded.
The Radisson is 2 blocks from the main cultural venues: Teatro Solis and the SODRE, with excellent programs. It's also 2 blocks from main shoppingdistrict on 18 de Julio.
Neighborhood is secure (between 2 embassies), perfectly located near Rambla, restaurants, barber shop (excellent old-school razor cut "Senior Peluqueria" 2 blocks up Ellauri), laundry/dry cleaning services, pasta factory on Av. Brasil, convenience store (Kinko) 1 block away on Ellauri and Blvd. Espana, Bocatti best empanadas in town is 4 blocks up Ellauri toward town, 20 min walk to Punta Carretas Shoping Mall (w/movie theaters) also along Ellauri, open-air markets on Friday and Saturday. Exquisite fruit in season, great cheeses. 20 min bus ride (104 Blvd. Espana and 121 Av. Brasil) to Ciudad Vieja costs less than a dollar each way (get a bus pass next door).
Pay for everything, esp. restaurants, with credit card to get 17% IVA tax refunded on the spot. Say "agregue servicio" when presented with the bill and they will tack 10% on for the customary tip.
We thoroughly enjoyed becoming "locals" during our 2-month stay in Montevideo. Gracias Sebastian.