Ruth's review is fare, both on the in the qualities and on the defects of the apartment. The flat took a beating in the last few months with many rentals, not all of them with careful people like Ruth, so it does need some maintenance in some details like she mentioned. This will be done after Carnaval, February 2015.
Regarding the high temperatures... It has been the hottest summer in Rio history, so it does get hot in the flat since it is a penthouse, though there are AC. in all rooms. Rio starts to cool down from March on, so this will not be an issue any more
Bridgette is correct, we did not contact her, we are at fault for that, specially because she was easy to communicate with and made herself available.
It was only on the last day that we saw that our food had been attacked by rats realized that the noises we herd at night where the rodents running around the flat.