Pilar's Secret

$962.50 - $2,970.00 Nightly
Unit Type: House
Pets Allowed: Pets Allowed
Address: 716 Duval Street Key West, FL 33040
Neighborhood: Old Town
Stay Type: Nightly, Weekly, Monthly

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"Incredible Home in Key West! Everything was perfect! I fell in love with Key West last year and fell in love with Pilar's Secret this year! We loved the use of space in this house. Lots of room to socialize as well as to find a space to read and relax quietly. The pool & backyard are gorgeous. Lots of amenities in the kitchen which made it easy to cook whatever we needed. Brand new appliances. Comfortable beds. And all within walking distance of the endless party & shopping on Duval. Loved the concierge service and Shel is AWESOME to work with. We will be back and will be staying here again soon." -Cindy H. 06/16


Named for Ernest Hemingway's famed fishing boat, Pilar which is currently on display in Cuba at the Museo Ernest Hemingway. This hidden gem of a vacation home is perfectly Key West in every way possible, with a twist of luxury throughout: three spacious bedrooms, a private pool and gated outdoor area, a fully equipped kitchen and a large living space. Located just half a block off the famous Duval Street, yet tucked away on a quiet nondescript lane you wouldn't find without directions. For the truly classic Key West experience, you've finally discovered "Pilar's Secret".


"Pilar's Secret" was designed with the vision of creating the ideal home base for a group wanting to experience the Key West adventure. The living area is ideal for gearing up to head out or winding down after a day full of adventure in Old Town. There is plenty of seating for everyone with several plush couches, chairs and seating at the island-inspired dining table. One of the living room sofas pulls out to a sleeper for extra guests.

The kitchen sits off the living area with luxury appliances and tools and equipped with everything you'll need to prepare a meal at home in between enjoying the fantastic array of Old Town restaurant options, all just a few blocks walk away.


The living room of "Pilar's Secret" opens up through French doors to the lovely pool area, with equal amounts of sunshine and shade all day and fully fenced for privacy. The pool can be heated and is surrounded by luxury chaise lounges and chairs for relaxing outside. Lush tropical greenery decorates the fence and the BBQ grill is perfect for a poolside cookout. There are two separate outdoor dining sets, one poolside and one on the side of the house, for a real island dining set up. Whimsical string lighting makes the outdoor area a dream on a balmy Key West evening. There is also an outdoor shower for a rinse after the beach.


Two bedrooms can be found on the first floor, with no need for climbing stairs. The first bedroom has two twin beds that can be converted to one king bed upon request and a flat screen TV. The second bedroom is also on the first floor, with a king sized bed, flat screen TV, and French doors out to a side patio. There is a shared bathroom between the two bedrooms with a soaker tub and a glass shower.

The second floor is private to the Master Suite, with a king bed, flat screen TV, and en-suite bathroom with a unique spa-like shower. The privacy of your own floor and your own seating area is a nice retreat from the rest of the house.


Central Heat and AC, Ceiling Fans Throughout, Private Pool with available Pool Heat, Private gated & lushly landscaped yard with BBQ Grill, 1 Private parking space, Washer/Dryer, Flat Screen TV's in living room and all bedrooms, Expanded Cable TV throughout, DVD/Blu-Ray Players, Microwave, Blender, Toaster, Full Gourmet Appointed Kitchen, Linens and Towels provided. Interim housekeeping available upon request. Wireless high-speed Internet access included. This property will accommodate up to 8 persons. Pets considered.


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  • Area - Old Town
  • Property Type - House
  • Floors - Two Story Home
  • Bedrooms - 3
  • Sleep Cap - 8
  • Rental License Period - Nightly, Weekly, Monthly
  • Approx Sq. Ft. - 1200
  • Complex - None
  • Pets - Pets Allowed
  • Parking - Off-Street - Designated Space


  • Number of Seperate Beds - 3
  • Bedding Bed 1 - 2 Twins to King Combo
  • Floor Bed 1 - First
  • Bedding Bed 2 - King
  • Floor Bed 2 - First
  • Bedding Bed 3 - King
  • En Suite Bathroom Bed 3
  • Floor Bed 3 - Second


  • Number of Bathrooms - 2
  • Bathroom 1 Size - Full
  • Bathroom 1 Type - Shower & Tub
  • Bathroom 1 Floor - First
  • Bathroom 2 Size - Full
  • Bathroom 2 Type - Shower Only
  • Bathroom 2 En Suite
  • Bathroom 2 Floor - Second

Indoor Amenities

  • Sleeper Sofa - Queen
  • Sleeper Sofa Mattress - Standard
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Dining Room Seats - 8

Outdoor Amenities

  • Pool - Private
  • Heated Pool
  • Grill - Propane
  • Outdoor Shower


  • Living Room TV - HD
  • Living Room DVD - Blu Ray DVD
  • iPod Dock

Recent Reviews About This Property


Beautiful home, ideal location.

Pamela W, 05/19/2017

Our Oasis in Paradise

Our crew stayed Pilar's Secret for our shows at the Key West Songwriter's Festival. This house was as awesome has described and the pictures show. Shel was amazing, being there to greet us with a nice sign honoring one of our writer's having the #1 song on Country Radio, and a cold case of beer waiting in the fridge. He is also a wealth of knowledge when it comes to places to eat, things to do, and any other recommendations you might need. The house is right off of Duval street and just a few blocks from the most popular bars/restaurants. The pool area was the highlight of the trip for us, we spent most of our time there between shows, before heading out on the town, and late nights to relax. Absolutely worth staying here if you're visit Key West, we look forward to next years trip already!

Andrew C, 05/09/2017

Pilars's Secret is Perfect - I can't say enough!!

This property is absolutely amazing!! It is as beautiful as it looks in the pictures. In the daytime you get plenty of sun by the lounge chairs and the perfect amount of shade by the table!! Perfect for everyone!! We walked off the distance to Duval Street, 42 steps from right outside the gate. The best part about that is you would never know you are that close to everything!!! It is quiet and relaxing even at night. Fausto's food market is in walking distance, the prices are not to bad. Starbuck's is also a short walk in the morning for coffee. Everything you need is in walking distance, absolutely without a doubt a perfect location. The only part of the house I questioned before arriving was the upstairs bedroom and bathroom. The slant of the roof had me concerned it was very closed in. Not at all, the big window over the bed opens up the room with great natural light and the slant is not an issue. It is very, very comfortable and beautiful!! Shel was so nice and helpful. Upon arriving over the Easter break he had a Key Lime pie waiting for us in the refrigerator. We love exploring new restaurants, Shel had a list of his favorites in the welcome packet. Shel was there to greet us and checked in mid week to see how things were going, he also came by to see us off at the end of our stay. Shel and Last Key realty is the best company that we have rented from in Key West. I would rent from them in the future without any hesitation. This house is well worth it!!!!

Linda S, 04/14/2017

Beautiful house well maintained property

From booking to check out this vacation was wonderful. Shel maintained contact on our trip down from Miami and was helpful with all our questions. He met us at house with yummy pies in the fridge and a smile and friendly spirit. The house was well decorated and had a cozy feel. The pool and outside shower were a dream. There were 8 girls and we all had plenty of room in the house and to lounge at the pool to spend time together or escape away for a little privacy when needed. Even though right off Duval you would never know it. It was very quiet and serene once back home. Tjos hoise was just as depicted in the photos and we will definitely rent this house again.

Heather S, 03/25/2017

Best Key West property by far we have stayed at

Members of our group have stayed in Key West several times. All of us agreed we will never stay anywhere else again. It is hard to believe you can get such a new, beautiful, private home right on Duval street!!! The location is perfect, and the house....gorgeous. It is so beautifully decorated, I took many of the ideas (and pics) for my own home. The grocery store is walking distance, and the liquor store was right across the street! We loved having a full kitchen, grill, outdoor music, private pool, laundry and just about anything else you might have in your own cottage. My husband loved the beautiful outdoor shower and it allowed us ladies more time in the 2 bathrooms. Everything was showroom perfect and I felt like I was on the set of HGTV. Shel is a "10." He checked in with us before, during and after the trip. He was easily reachable by text if we had any questions. He had excellent suggestions for restaurants and fresh seafood. However, the guys went fishing and caught 4 fresh fish to cook up at the home! They really like their Captain (Ted Bear) and First Mate (David). Our favorites: All restaurants, nightlife, and mallory square for the sunset.

Riki S, 03/20/2017

Pilar's secret was amazing, beautiful home!!

This home was beautiful, well maintained with a Spectacular outdoor space! The home is warm, cozy and has everything you need! Located on a small quite lane, but steps away to all the excitement of Duval st. Last key realty who manage this property were super friendly and very accommodating and Shel our concierge was amazing! Friendly, knowledgeable and made sure we were taken care of. Thanks Shel!!! And the last key staff!

Laurie G, 03/14/2017

Well equipped clean house

Since the home is in the middle of town it is noisy all day and night. The owner should let it be known in the description that you have to bend down considerably to access bathroom in master because of low slanted ceilings. If you are tall you won't want to be in upstairs master. Otherwise house is well appointed and comfortable.

Gregory H, 02/24/2017

Response from Last Key Realty:

While this property has received many, many 5 star reviews from happy guests, we do take it seriously when a guest reports anything less than an exceptional experience. We make it our mission to take care of any guest problems while our guests are in residence, rather than waiting to receive a negative review after departure, so to hear this guest was ultimately not satisfied is very disappointing for us. One of the most desirable features of Pilar’s Secret is its’ incredible downtown location. We try and make it clear in the listing that this house is located on Duval Street, but for anyone still wondering - this house is on Duval St! :) That includes the perks of being in the center of the action and walking distance to all of the Duval favorites, but it also opens you to potential noise if it’s a busy night downtown (as it would have been in mid-March when Spring Break is in full swing.) If you are a tall person (over 6 ft) yes, you may have to duck your head when accessing the master bedroom upstairs - The ceiling leading to the master bathroom is 6 feet high and slants down to 4 feet on the sides (part of the top floor character of this renovated home.) However, tall folks have no fear - there are two first floor bedrooms that have higher ceilings. Feel free to contact us for more info regarding this home and whether it is the right fit for your group before booking.


Calm Oasis in Old Town Key West

We couldn't have had a more delightful and relaxing three weeks in Key West. Pilar's Secret is nestled just a half block from Duval Street in Old Town, giving us easy access to the best restaurants, galleries, and shops in Key West. Though the sleek kitchen is wonderfully equipped and there is a gas grill, we ate out every night! While the house is teeny, it is well-designed, and the spacious garden/pool area allowed us to entertain family members comfortably. The furnishings, art, and amenities are all top quality. Shel, our property manager, welcomed and coddled us with a warmth that lasted the entire visit. We'll be back next year!

Fredda S, 01/31/2017


My family (parents, 2 adult children and 1 girlfriend) spent a delightful week at Pilar’s Secret at the end of January. The house was perfect, right in the thick of things on Deval that we never needed a car, just the bikes that Last Key Realty arranged to have at the house on our arrival. The house had everything we needed and was very comfortable with plenty of space for all of us to spread out and relax in comfort. Our house manager, Shel, was wonderful and made certain that our vacation was the best it could be. I highly recommend this property and Last Key Realty.
Alice C from Danvers, MA, 01/25/2017


My family (parents, 2 adult children and 1 girlfriend) spent a delightful week at Pilar’s Secret at the end of January. The house was perfect, right in the thick of things on Deval that we never needed a car, just the bikes that Last Key Realty arranged to have at the house on our arrival. The house had everything we needed and was very comfortable with plenty of space for all of us to spread out and relax in style. Our house manager, Shel, was wonderful and made certain that our vacation was the best it could be. I highly recommend this property and Last Key Realty.

Alice C, 01/24/2017

The house was just perfect!

We were very impressed with the home overall. The furnishings, the bedding, and the kitchen! The location couldn't be better. We never needed our car.... we walked everywhere!

Suzanne S, 01/03/2017

Wonderful stay. Great location!

This was a terrific property. Very well done and renovated in a classic yet casual luxury key west style. The home is perfect for a small or medium group. The only surprise was the $200 fee for heating the pool. I must have missed that in the fine print. Shel is a great guy that made sure our stay was comfortable. We would stay at Pilar's Secret again and recommend it to friends.

Larry L, 12/22/2016

Response from Last Key Realty:

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Pilar’s Secret, and for the kind words about Shel. We were disappointed to hear mention of a ‘surprise’ fee. It is never our intention to surprise a guest with hidden fees of any kind. Pool heat is offered to guests during the reservation process for $20 a day. We do not charge for pool heat unless it is requested. Thankfully, pool heat is not an issue three quarters of the year in Key West. Future guests with questions regarding pool heat or this property, please feel free to call or email us directly.

Amazing house, great location!

The house was perfect for 6 and didn't disappoint one bit. Being in the middle of Duval really lets you explore the island with no car. Bikes would help some, but aren't even necessary. The house had amazing local decor scattered through out and it really provided a finishing touch to such a cool home. The house, pool and yard were up kept well and Keith (Last Key Realty) was always available with any issues we had. The only gotcha were some ants that got into some of our food that was left out on the counter (doughnuts in a box, chips in a bag), though from staying in Key West several times, this really isn't a surprise at all. I'd definitely recommend this place as it was well worth the price for such an amazing home and incredible location.

Nathan M, 12/03/2016


Perfect from start to finish. Last Key Realty exceeded expectations on all levels. Had a great list of personally recommended spots for restaurants and activities along with a personal concierge service available to us at all times if we wanted to make reservations for activities or for meals. Shel, our house contact, also went above and beyond by hanging birthday balloons in our house before arrival. His partner Keith even allowed us to store our luggage on site before heading to the airport AND took us there when it was time to depart later in the afternoon. 10 star service experience. Additionally, the house COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER. Literally a hidden oasis off of Duval - the main strip in Key West. The pool was warm, the house was charming and all of our guests said it was the highlight of the trip. The best vacation house we rented with top tier service - again, couldn't have been better! A must rent for anyone traveling to Key West. Exceeded already high expectations. -Mike

Anonymous , 11/26/2016

Excellent location. House is adorable

Excellent location. House is adorable. The only thing we forgot, is toiletries, which are not included in the rental. So, if you were in this house don't forget your toiletries. We had a fantastic time.


Gay P, 11/22/2016

Response from Last Key Realty:

Thank you for your review! While this home and all of our vacation homes at Last Key Realty come "fully stocked" with linens, towels, kitchen equipment, home cleaning supplies, etc - we do not necessarily supply personal toiletries as a default preparation for our guests. That being said, you can expect any of our homes to have a starter set of paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc) waiting for you on arrival, as well as hand and bar soap throughout the bathrooms and kitchen. Any other on-demand items we can provide for our guests we are more than happy to do so. If there is a special toiletry item that you would like purchased for you and waiting on your arrival, simply let our team know and it will be waiting for you when you get here.


Secret Paradise!

The house is beautiful! It is newly renovated with a modern and Key West feel, every detail was thought of. The house was close to everything yet secluded. It gave us the perfect opportunity to take part in all the fun on Duval Street and relax when we wanted. We would definitely stay again :)

Kari K, 11/14/2016

Great property, well appointed, fab location

Pilar's secret is a wonderful property. Lovely decor, great outdoor space with an inviting conversation pool in the backyard. While the property is literally steps away from Duval street, the center of town, it is secluded and very private. Our family of 7 came down for a wedding and the place was comfortable for us. Note that the upstairs master is large but really located in what would be the attic. Shel, who manages the home, is a terrific warm person who will help you with whatever you need. I would not hesitate to stay there again or recommend the space to a friend.

thea o, 11/01/2016

A Cozy Retreat on Duval

We stayed at Pilar's Secret the week of Fantasy Fest 2016. The house and pool were nice and the location perfect. Our property agent, Shel, was awesome. He made sure all of our needs were met. We highly recommend this property and Last Key Resort Realty.

Sally M, 10/25/2016

50th birthday celebrations

We came to Key West to celebrate 2 people turning 50, my sister and aunt. This place was just as fabulous as the description it gives! Beautiful home with a fabulous private pool. There were 6 of us staying and there was plenty of space. Great amenities too. Nice having a washer/dryer and full kitchen. The location is PERFECT, step out of the back door and walk everywhere. We found a wonderful little breakfast gem, Havana's. Absolutely the BEST cheesesteak ever!! Shel was wonderful. So accommodating and extremely nice. This was a perfect way to celebrate a milestone!! We will definitely rent this house again!

Angela S, 09/21/2016

Great location!

Great location and great property! Cute house with nice pool. Very clean. Shel was great at meeting us and showing us around. Look forward to staying again!
Jill S from Charlotte, 09/15/2016

Wonderful Wedding Weekend

We had a fabulous stay at Pilar's secret over Labor Day weekend. We were visiting for my sister's wedding on Sunset Key. We had 5 adults and 3 kids and fit wonderfully. There was nothing to complain about. The kids really enjoyed the pool and we loved the decorated patio! The location was absolutely perfect. It was a short walk from all destinations. Shel was a very informational and gave us many recommendations of places to eat and visit in the area. Your property is beautiful. Thank you for accommodating us!

Jessica U, 09/02/2016

A Perfect Vacation Home Away From Home!

Our stay in Key West at Pilar's Secret was perfectly dreamy! In honor of my wife's 50th birthday, a group of six of us flew in to Key West. My wife and I arrived first, when we arrived at the property, we were greeted by Shel, the property manager at Pilar's Secret. Shel was wonderful! He gave us a warm welcome, provided us a tour of the house, and enthusiastically highlighted points of interest and places to eat and drink. Shel even took it upon himself to decorate the house with balloons for my wife's birthday celebration - we were so surprised by this and so touched! Shel was available to us for anything that we needed both before our stay and during our time in Key West. The house is such a hidden treasure. It's tucked away down a little lane, right off of Duval street, just steps away from the action. And though we were so close to Duval street, the house is very private and provides a quiet respite from all the activity on Duval. The house was clean, impeccably decorated, and had all that we needed - all of the comforts of home at your fingertips. Our favorite part of the house was the pool area, we spent a great deal of time poolside both day and night - it's quite an oasis! My wife and I and our guests thoroughly enjoyed our time at Pilar's Secret in Key West. It was a legendary trip for us. We plan to revisit Key West and we will definitely be staying at Pilar's Secret when we return!

Tara S, 08/25/2016

Perfect, like home

we stayed 4 days in paradise. Everything was as descried before and even more, perfection in details like being home.

in the middle of Duval quietly on our own.

If we come back to Key West we will stay there again.


Wolfgang B, 08/17/2016

This house was awesome!!!

I will recommend this vacation home to anyone. Best location in key west. Just far enough away from the craziness but close enough for a short walk. The house was very clean and comfortable. Pool is the key!! Cooking out next to the pool all day is the best. I would stay here again next year!

Ryan L, 08/10/2016

Perfect combination of location and amenities!

We booked Pilar's Secret for a week in August so that our kids could enjoy a week with their grandparents. The location was great with quick access to everything old town had to offer. We rented bikes and would spend the morning enjoying the town before settling into the serene pool and patio for the afternoon. Shel left a wonderful list of restaurants (we tried as many as possible and loved everything). He also got us set up with groceries for the week which made our arrival even easier. The house was immaculate and really brought a sense of relaxed luxury. Thanks for a great week!

Jason B, 07/30/2016


Pilar's Secret was amazing. It was our own secluded hideaway, nestled right in the middle of town. Easy in and out, and every amenity that we could have imagined. Shel was very helpful, gave us restaurant suggestions, activities, etc. Couldn't have had a better stay.

Angela , 07/23/2016

Amazing place. Fantastic location. Great service!

Shel was awesome. Met us at check in and gave us the tour of Pilars Secret. What a gem! Shel recommended some of his favorite places. He definitely knows Key West. Great food and hideaway bar suggestions. Will definitely be using this rental again. Last Key Realty is first class in my book.

Kief Rosa


Kief R, 07/13/2016

Truly Stunning

Pilar's Secret is an astonishingly beautiful rental property. As nice as it looks in the pictures that accompany this listing, it is even nicer in person. The furnishings and finishes were high-end. The kitchen is very well-stocked for those to like to prepare meals on vacation (and we are serious cooks). The outdoor area is beautiful, with comfortable loungers and a hammock, and a gorgeous pool. The pool's a bit on the small side, but it suited our needs. We loved that the house was chock-full of tons of great games and puzzles. And all this is just steps away from Duval Street, yet the property is private and behind a row of buildings, so that you're not overwhelmed by the noise and general craziness of Duval. The property manager Shel was very kind and seemed to enjoy engaging with our family. He was eager to make recommendations and was quick to offer assistance with a repair of the dryer, which had a small malfunction during our visit. The best restaurants we visited in close proximity to the house were Louie's Backyard, Santiago's Bodega, Firefly, and Deuce's Off the Hook. Blue Heaven and La Creperie were pretty good as well. I would avoid Camille's--we had an awful experience there. I would not bother going back to the beach in Key West if I were to return; it's sub-par. But the Butterfly Museum is a must. I cannot imagine returning to Key West and staying somewhere other than Pilar's Secret. It would surely be a disappointment in comparison.


Melanie S, 07/03/2016

Incredible Home in Key West!

Everything was perfect! I fell in love with Key West last year and fell in love with Pilar's Secret this year! We loved the use of space in this house. Lots of room to socialize as well as to find a space to read and relax quietly. The pool & backyard are gorgeous. Lots of amenities in the kitchen which made it easy to cook whatever we needed. Brand new appliances. Comfortable beds. And all within walking distance of the endless party & shopping on Duval. Loved the concierge service and Shel is AWESOME to work with. We will be back and will be staying here again soon.


Cindy H, 06/28/2016

The perfect secret for Key West

Hidden in the perfect location right in the heart of Key West—within easy walking and/or biking distance of everything on the island. But then again, the house and pool are so awesome, you may be tempted to just stay in. Shel the manager came by to fill us in on everything we could possibly need to know, and gave us all of his top tips for where to eat and go—such as the incredible restaurants like Blue Heaven, Off the Hook (which cooked the Yellowtail we caught fishing that day), and the Thirsty Mermaid. Be sure to walk down to the pier for incredible sunsets and entertaining performers. Also an easy stroll over to the Hemingway house to see the six toed cats.

Ross C, 06/23/2016

Perfect hidden Gem !!!!!!!

This property is 100% as described...but even better. The location is perfect. The amenities and attention to detail is spot on. We stayed 4 nights (6 adults) and had everything we needed. The pool and patio area was our favorite. We relaxed, played the games that were provided in the house and enjoyed the Sonos music speakers. What and incredible place to stay and relax in the middle of a very active and bustling town!

Park your car and rent bikes for your whole stay. It is the best way to explore Key West. You can walk everywhere from this house. You will never be hungry or thirsty!!! Shel was very attentive to all of our needs and a wealth of information. We did not have any problems but we know if we did...Shel would have been there to fix it!!!!

We would rent Pilar's Secret again without hesitation! We can't wait to go back!


Dawn M, 05/25/2016

This was a beautiful home in THE BEST location

The house was incredible. Everything advertised and more! It was very private, yet walk 20 feet out and you're in the heart of duval st and anything you're wanting to do. Was very clean and maintained. Would recommend this place to anyone planning to visit key west! Also Shel, the property manager, was great and easy to work with as well!

Mike R, 05/18/2016

This place is AMAZING!!

This hidden treasure is simply awe inspiring!! The house is in pristine condition with everything one would need in the place they would need it.. All of the furnishings appeared brand new and of top quality.. Every detail for a five star vacation was expertly thought out:  towels were big and fluffy, the linens were cozy, the TV was HUGE with every possible cable channel offered, the outdoor shower had great water pressure and was extremely private and well located on the grounds. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to make dinner. The beds were so comfortable. The outdoor pool area of this house was absolutely beautiful. It was spacious and very private with tall fences and lush landscaping. We enjoyed most days out by the pool listening to our favorite music on the Sonos system. We also enjoyed all of the games and puzzles the owners left on the bookshelves (a little touch most vacation rentals forget about). The most amazing thing about this house is that it's literally steps to Duval Street. Step out your back gate and it's merely a 15 second walk down a small hidden lane and your surrounded by fantastic restaurants, galleries, and shops. We loved going to Antonia's for dinner which is less than a block away. We were centrally located to everything. Nothing is a far walk from this house. Shel did a fantastic job of answering all of our questions and providing his recommendations on where to eat and drink. He is extremely knowledgeable about Key West. In the past I have rented places that looked nothing like what the pictures showed online. This was not the case with this house. Last Key delivered exactly what was in the photos. I have already booked this house again for next year! This will be my home away from home whenever I come to Key West!


Jody B, 05/16/2016

A hidden oasis -- close but so very far away!

We came to Key West on a family vacation and rented Pilars Secret. Little did we know how secret this was! From its address you'd think it would be right on the street. To our pleasant surprise, it is off down a little alley and even though a few steps away it makes a big difference. You'd never know you were in the middle of everything! The house is great and includes all the amenities. It was spotless when we got there. Although furnished well, we spent most of our waking hours outside on the patio by the pool. Great place to hang out. And when you don't want the hustle and bustle of Duval Street, there's a private access out the back end of the house onto the much calmer Whitehead Street. The realty staff was attentive and professional. We had a small plumbing problem that was addressed immediately so that was a plus. We did take advantage of the concierge service for some restaurant reservations and our kayak trip. No problems -- pretty easy! In the spirit of true transparency, the only thing that was sort of a negative is that every morning a garbage truck would come to empty neighboring trash. We chalked it up to living downtown and it didn't cause any trouble from our perspective. We had a great time and would recommend it as a home base in Key West.


Lewis K, 05/07/2016

The property was beautiful & service 5 star!

The property was beautiful and extremely well maintained. We would definitely return and plan to stay there next year. Additionally, the guest services provided by Shel was outstanding!  He provided the absolute best customer service and made sure all requests were taken care of.

Carol C, 04/27/2016

Wonderful property, location, and service

We had an amazing stay at Pilar's Secret last weekend. There is so much to love about this property- it is centrally located, steps from Duval, but also quiet and serene. The house itself, the decor, the furnishings, and the amenities are all top notch. The pool area is great for entertaining- ambiance is provided by the overhead string lights, a pool waterfall, Sonos sound system, hammock, etc. Shel, the guest coordinator, was exceptionally accommodating, professional, and effortless to work with. Can't wait for our next trip to KW to rent this house again!

scott l, 04/07/2016

AMAZING Property! Perfect for a Key West stay!

Thank you Shel Segel! You did an excellent job in regards to customer service! Your restaurant, attractions, and activity recommendations definitely helped us and made our trip most enjoyable! Thanks!

Daniel G, 04/06/2016

Beautiful Home and Best Location

Location, location, location! My husband and I have been to Key West several times, have stayed at different places and Pilar's Secret is by far the best. A quiet, beautiful house hidden right off Duval where just a few steps out the back door you are in the middle of it all to experience all the restaurants, bars and shops. No car needed! The house has a beautiful, private, heated pool to enjoy all of the sunshine with a relaxing waterfall and even an outdoor shower. The house, both inside and outside, is immaculate and fully equipped from comfy beds, screened tv's in all the rooms, surround sound system and everything in a kitchen you need to enjoy a nice quiet dinner at home either by the pool or on the front porch (including an outdoor grill). This house is so quiet you will never believe you are right in the middle of everything Key West has to offer. By far our most favorite place to stay in Key West and will be planning our next visit to stay at Pilar's Secret in the very near future!

Peggy G, 04/01/2016

Great Time at Pilar's Secret

Pilar's Secret was just as presented. The location is great for all that Key West has to offer. A car isn't needed....walking distance to everything one would want to do in Key West. The house is in excellent condition...clean, well kept and wonderful amenities. Shel Segel was a delight to work with and very responsive to our questions and requests. We would certainly recommend this property and we would stay here again. We spent the month of March here. We have been to Key West several times and have our favorite haunts...all a short walk from this location. Beautiful place and nice pool great for sunning. Great experience.


Neil B, 03/01/2016

A Christmas to remember

We were lucky enough to score this fantastic home for Christmas. There isn't another home located directly in the middle of Duval that even compares. From the large private pool to the hidden feel the privacy fences afforded our group, the entire stay was amazing. With gates leading out to both Duval and Whitehead streets it made getting to the nightlife or beaches a breeze. The beds are extremely comfortable and furnishings exquisite. In our opinion, nothing else on or around Duval street can even come close to comparing. Our property manager Shel checked in with us weekly and was a pleasure to deal with. It was a home and level of customer service that will be remembered forever.

Larry G, 02/22/2016

Best home in Key West for NYE Celebration!!

My family has been coming to Key West to celebrate New Year's the past 8 years. We are somewhat versed in the Key West rental home market. Our stay at Pilar's Secret was the best by far...and it's not even close. The home is tucked away down a hidden lane smack in the middle of Duval Street. It was wonderful to cook our own NYE dinner at the home then hang out by the private pool until the evening festivities began. We simply exited the rear gate of the home and walked about 50 steps down the little hidden lane and we were at the party in front of Bourbon Street Pub directly in the middle of Duval Street. When we felt like running back to the house it was a 20 second walk. Words can't describe how great it is to be right in the middle of the biggest NYE party in Key West and in 20 seconds be in your kitchen refreshing your cocktail. The house is also amazingly quiet considering it's location. The parents waited until the 30 second countdown to New Years to come to Duval. They couldn't hear a peep from inside the home until they opened the sliding doors out to the pool. Once they stepped outside the doors onto the back deck they heard the countdown clearly. There are other condos on Duval that we saw people looking down onto the action from. But not another house with a private yard and pool and parking that puts you right in the middle of the action. Simply put, Pilar's Secret is one of a kind.

Jenna G, 12/28/2015

Best Location in Key West!! Hidden Getaway!

This house is simply AMAZING!! Just tucked back off Duval Street, this little hidden gem has everything you can dream of!! This house has great natural light in every room, with all the amenities one could simply ask for. Pilar's Secret is a very quiet and quaint location, I never would have guessed something so close to Duval Street could make you feel so private and secure. Having the privacy fence surrounding the entire property with 2 separate enterance's, was also beneficial. All of the furniture ( inside and outside ) is strategically placed, the outdoor shower ( never showered once inside ), hammock, great size pool for sitting and enjoying some day drinking cocktails, and then a nap in the hammock, late afternoon, before enjoying dinner in the amazing outdoor space. The string lighting over the outdoor space was a great add to enjoy a midnight dip in the pool when coming back from a night out on Duval Street. This location is absolutely the best I have ever stayed in Key West!! Just 48 steps to the sidewalk of Duval Street, you get the privacy and quiet of your own place, you can be anywhere you want to be walking within 3 minutes. It was amazing how close we were to everything for lunch, dinner and night life. We are already planning our next trip back to Pilar's Secret, because there is no other place now we want to stay!!

Brian K, 12/13/2015


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