Making arrangements with Inna, the landlord, was very easy. She is very responsive to communication.
I ended up meeting her at the McDonald's across the street from the apartment because a) it was really cold outside, and b) the McDonald's had free wifi.
Entrance to the apartment is around the left side of the building beneath the sign for the "City Center Hostel", which operates on lower floors of the building. The "lobby" once you enter is a bit off-putting--it's dark and has a funny smell to it--but you'll only ever pass through it on your way to the elevator. The elevator is old and quirky, but I never felt unsafe in it.
The apartment is up on the sixth floor. Once you get inside, it's very clean and spacious, and it really does have a fantastic view of Maidan Square from the bedroom.
The queen size bed was comfortable but not luxurious.
The living room had a nice big sofa and an big chair.
I never cooked in the kitchen. I only ever used the laundry machine, which was perfectly fine (there is a rack for drying clothes in the hallway cupboard.
Bathroom facilities are divided into two separate rooms next to each other: One has a toilet and the other has the sink and tub. Both were clean, and everything was in good working order. You need to let the hot water run for a little while before it gets hot, but it does get hot.
I booked a day tour of Chernobyl with Solo East Tours, which was very convenient because the tour starts right in front of this apartment building.
There are plenty of great pubs and restaurants within a block of this apartment. There is also a shopping mall underneath Maidan Square, complete with a supermarket.
At the end of my stay, Inna's husband arrived at the apartment precisely at the appointed time so that I could return the key.
I was very happy with every aspect of my stay. I thought it was an excellent value. If I return to Kiev, I would stay here again!