"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".
THE LIVING AREA...
"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.
YOUR PRIVATE POOL...
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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Great Old Town Family Vacation
Our stay was great. The house was immaculate and although not huge, it has plenty of space for 6 adults to feel comfortable and have privacy. It is walking distance to everything in Old Town-we never used our car. Shel was most helpful.- Anonymous , Posted: 01/16/2018
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 09/30/2016
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 12/06/2016
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 , Posted: 04/21/2017
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 , Posted: 12/06/2016
Stayed at Pilar’s Secret for 5 nights with my wife and daughters for a summer vacation. The house was a gem and the service we received from Shel was outstanding! The location has to be the best spot in KW. Just steps away from the all the restaurants, galleries and shops. Only used our car once to go to Publix; otherwise everything was in close proximity. We will definitely be reaching out to Shel when we plan our next KW trip.- Mike O from MS, Posted: 08/15/2018
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 , Posted: 04/07/2017
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.
- Last Key Realty staff, Posted: 04/07/2017
My idea of Birthday Heaven!!!
THE BEST HOUSE EVER! There were 8 of us in town for my birthday and this could not have been any better. First the location is perfect! Literally right off Duval and just when you think it might be too crowded/ loud etc..being tucked down a little alley you have your own little oasis! The house was spotless. Rooms were comfortable and had everything we needed! There is a liquor store across the street and a grocery store 2 blocks down around the corner. We rented bikes that were delivered to our house. The rental company was fantastic, met us upon check in and check out. We all agreed we will look no further when returning to Key West, and we all plan to rent this house again. My only worry is letting the secret out!!- Sara W , Posted: 09/26/2017
First Class Accommodations
I could only repeat the other reviews. This property is equipped with much more than renters would normally expect. Everything spotless and in working order. Night time at the pool (as in the picture) with all the lighting is very special. The house is located down a short alley directly on Duval Street, in easy walking distance of numerous restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Shel, the property manager is always available to be sure everyone is happy.- Noel H , Posted: 11/06/2018
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 02/08/2017
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 , Posted: 02/28/2017
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.- Last Key Realty staff, Posted: 02/28/2017
Great Stay at "Pilar's Secret"
We has a fabulous time in Key West as usual - we visit KW at least once a year since the late 80's - this is the first time we stayed at this property and loved it - in the middle of everything but just off the "beaten path" - we would definitely stay at this property again.- Steven G , Posted: 08/21/2017
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 04/25/2017
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 09/30/2016
A splendid time was had by all
What a gem! Shel was incredibly thorough and thoughtful, with birthday balloons and a yummy pie awaiting our arrival. We used all 3 bedrooms and brought a dog and it was the perfect amount of space. Truly it felt more like borrowing a friend's house than a rental. Fabulous kitchen. Perfect location (in the midst of it all yet very peaceful). We highly recommend this charmer!- Joan R , Posted: 07/07/2017
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 05/31/2017
House, pool, and location was perfect.- Eric M , Posted: 11/10/2017
A special place in the <3 of Key West
My girlfriends and I stayed here for a weekend getaway and absolutely loved it! The home was bigger than I had anticipated, and while the bedrooms are small, the outdoor living space draws you out. Shel stopped by to greet us and was incredibly helpful with food recommendations and advice for us Key West first-timers. I would highly recommend this place.- Keri W , Posted: 03/30/2018
Great location! Attention to every detail
This property was perfect and in a great location. Walkable to everywhere we wanted to go. Every detail - inside and out - was spot on. Pool was really nice!- Ryan S , Posted: 12/18/2017
Too good to be True
Our group of 6 planned a retirement trip to Key West and after doing much research and reading dozens of reviews we chose Last Key Realty for our chosen property of Pilars Secret. None of our group had ever been to Key West so we had no idea what to expect. We all thought the pictures of Pilars Secret had to be too good to be true – but Pilars was even better than the pictures on the web site. We were met by the property manager Shel – and he couldn’t have been nicer. We pulled up to Pilars and there he was with a smile on his face and a hand shake for everyone in our group. He gave us the tour of the property – explained all the details and before he left he already knew everyone’s names. There was even an infamous Key Lime Pie in the fridge for us to enjoy later. We had researched restaurants that we wanted to try and Shel agreed with most of them but made a couple of suggestions and they were spot on. He even checked in with us midway through our stay just to make sure everyone was having a good time! 5 Stars for Pilars – 5 Stars for Shel and 5 Stars for Key West! Thanks, Last Key and Thanks Shel – we’ll be back and when we do – we know who to book with!- Roger A , Posted: 05/08/2018
Everything was fantastic. My family had a wonderful time, the house was great, perfect for all our needs. The patio/pool was wonderful for cooling off after a bike to the beach, or just relaxing. The location was perfect, 5min walk to watch the sunset or eat, and close for a short bike to anywhere. Even our dogs enjoyed the area and the Roosters. Shel is the best, anything we needed he was there, all the local recommendations were so helpful. Everything was so close for a short walk that, I really was amazed. We were so close to all the festivities on Duvall and that was so much fun, but I was couldn't get over how really quiet the house and patio were to relax. It truly was the best of all possible worlds. My wife and kids already talk about going back. We have memories that my kids will remember forever. As a father, I cant ask for anything else, so I thank everyone, especially Shel ----- Jim- James R , Posted: 07/14/2017
Paradise... the third time
We spend some days in Pilars Secret for the third time in a row. It is our perfect summer-residence as you can relay and doing party, as you like. directly connected to Duvalstreet is very comfortable. The house itself is in perfect conditions with everything you need to have a good time. If we come back to Key West, we will book this one again. Thanks to Shel, this was a wonderful time. regards Wolfgang- Wolfgang B from Erftstast, Posted: 10/09/2018
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 , Posted: 09/01/2016
The house is great and the location cannot be any better. Located right of the main drag and within stumbling distance most of the "hotspots" on Duval St. Clean with great amenities. I would definitely stay there again.- John W , Posted: 06/29/2017
10 days with Last Key Realty
We have just returned after an incredibly relaxing 10 days at Pilar's Secret. The house is beautifully done, very clean and well outfitted. Despite being just off Duval, it was our own little oasis in Key West. The location cannot be beat for access to shops, restaurants, the beach, the Ecocenter....everything Key West has to offer. We have been going to Key West almost annually for the last 12 years and this was our best experience. Shel was so friendly and helpful. His recommendations for restaurants guided us to new favorites. We became regulars at the local Creperie. The house was just perfect for our family, and we swam every day. The outdoor shower was a real treat as well. We cannot wait to return to Pilar's Secret. Thank you Shel!- Ellen A , Posted: 06/13/2018
We absolutely loved Pilar's Secret
Our family and a few friends stayed at Pilar's Secret from June 8-13 and loved every minute of it. We were footsteps away from Duval St. but tucked away in our little ally for peace in quiet when it was time to relax. The house was gorgeous. The décor was amazing, The pool area was our favorite place to hang out when we weren't strolling through Key West. The house was supplied with everything as if you were at home as far as linens, trash bags, paper products, unlimited board games, etc. Shel was awesome from beginning to end. He helped us with finding yummy places to eat and hang out while we were there, showed us all the details from end of the house to the other, and also checked up on us midway through our stay to make sure everything was going smoothly. We have stayed in numerous vacation rentals throughout the years, but Pilar's Secret has gone above and beyond on the beauty and upkeep over their home. We are looking forward to coming back to Key West soon and will definitely be staying at Pilar's Secret. Southerner "Suddy" and Desiree Lewis New Orleans,LA- Desiree L , Posted: 06/29/2017
This house does not disappoint it is meticulously maintained and in a great location. Literally 1/2 block off Duvall but tucked back and insulated from noise. The pool was great and it was an easy walk to everything. We had a great time and would definitely stay here again.- Sophia D , Posted: 12/01/2017
This property is even prettier than the photos. It's a luxurious oasis tucked back off Duval St. Everything was walking distance... and there was a parking spot for our car. The architecture,decor and the pool were beautiful! The layout of the house is so well thought out and the kitchen had all the amenities. I must add that the upstairs walk-in shower is rather impressive. Shel was a fantastic! He gave great advice on what restaurants were suitable for our preferences and he was prompt to answer any questions during our stay. My family can't wait to stay here again next year and enjoy Shel's expertise. This exceeded our expectatiobs and was a first class vacation.- ELIZABETH B , Posted: 09/25/2017
Pilar's Secret is an amazing house!
Everything you want in a vacation home - stylish, open concept, clean, perfect outdoor space and with an amazing location! The pool/outdoor grill/ outdoor shower combo was just what we needed for the Key West heat! The lights over the pool were so cute and we had them on the whole weekend! Shel was amazing and gave us the "insider's scoop" with tons of recommendations for food/drink. He was also available via text/phone the entire time and responded quickly to my inquiries. I cannot say enough about this house or Last Key. It was amazing from start to finish! My friends and I had the most amazing weekend ever! Thank you so much!- Genny L , Posted: 08/08/2018
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 , Posted: 10/03/2016
Great stay overall
Had a great time staying with Last Key Realty at Pilar's Secret. Shel was very attentive before, during, and after the stay--even shipping a few things home that were left at the house. It made the stay incredibly easy. The property was right off of Duval Street, which made it really easy to pop out and enjoy everything about Key West. The concierge service was great to have bikes and scooters delivered and pickup up from the house. Can't wait to come back.- Steve B , Posted: 06/15/2018
One of the best experiences ever...the rental process was so easy, the house was incredible and the concierge service was superb!!!! Highly Highly Highly recommend.- Leonard S , Posted: 11/30/2018
Perfect little house in the perfect location.- Michael Y , Posted: 04/24/2018
Pilar's Secret is a GEM!
Pilar's Secret is a gem - it's a beautiful and comfortable home, extremely well appointed and in a perfect location. It nicely accommodated my family of 6. The listing doesn't do it justice. The pool area is perfect. The outdoor shower is a bonus. The house was immaculate and well maintained. We couldn't have picked a better home in a better location. We would gladly return.- Phyllis V , Posted: 10/23/2017
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 , Posted: 08/30/2016
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 , Posted: 12/14/2016
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.
- Last Key Realty staff, Posted: 12/14/2016
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 , Posted: 12/14/2016
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 , Posted: 12/14/2016
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 , Posted: 12/14/2016
An amazing home in a perfect location
I would highly recommend this gem to anyone headed to Key West Shel was awesome and our every need was met.- Donna M , Posted: 01/02/2018
A peaceful hideaway, surrounded by fun Key West
Our stay at Pilar's secret was beyond our expectations. Shell was such an attentive host that provided a worm welcome and with lots of useful suggestions to become immediately acclimated so such a charming part of the town. We can wait to return in hopes to stay again and explore more of the island. The beds were super comfortable. The house was well air conditioned, the entries were simple. The use of space in the house made use feel so at home and so comfortable. The pool and outside space was well looked after. Well done Shell and team!- Mark H , Posted: 07/18/2017
Best spot in Key West
Rented Pilar’s Secret for a 2nd time and was delighted as the first - Shel Segel is a very special host and will assist in your every need - thanks for the service you provide to make our get-always extra special. Look forward to seeing you again in June.- Steve G , Posted: 06/15/2018
Beautiful & Perfect
Pilar's Secret was a beautiful home in a perfect location. Shel made sure we had everything week needed for a wonderful visit. Highly recommended in Key West.- Samantha M , Posted: 06/15/2018
Paradise the second time
We visited Pilars Secret the second time. Like before everything was perfect. You can do everything you want to do. Making a party in your own pool or go to the bars and restaurants on Duval in 50 m distance. The property is a dream. Shel the manager is doing everything to make it a perfect stay. I am sure we will do it at again in 2018. Thanks Wolfgang- Wolfgang B , Posted: 10/23/2017
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 , Posted: 11/03/2016
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 09/15/2016
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
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 , Posted: 07/22/2016
I have been to Key West numerous times, but this is the first time I worked with Last Key Realty. The house had a pool completely enclosed by a tall wooden fence. Even though the house was only a few feet off Duval, it was very quiet and private. Weeks before our trip we were contacted by John Eyster, one of Last Key's Concierges. We filled out a questionnaire on activities we wanted to do while in Key West. John worked with us on what we needed to book ahead, and discussed things we could book after we arrived. John continued to work with us the entire trip with scooter rentals, golf carts rentals, restaurant reservations etc... All the concierges are very helpful. Shel Segel was our person contact from Last Key Realty. Shel and I talked several times prior to the date of our trip. Shel met us when we arrived in Key West and went over everything we needed to know about the house. He gave us suggestions on restaurants (his favorites, which were awesome). Shel checked on us several times during our stay to make sure we had everything we needed. He was awesome and definitely made us feel welcome. I strongly suggest working with Shel @ Last Key Realty the next time you go to Key West. Sincerely, David Upchurch
- David U , Posted: 06/20/2018
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 R , Posted: 10/11/2016
Our entire experience exceeded our expectations!
We recently joined a group of friends for 5 or so days in Key West and had an absolutely amazing experience with Last Key Realty. From the moment we met Shel and got to see the property we knew we had made the right house decision. Pilar's Secret is a hidden gem and allowed us to enjoy the full Key West experience but also have a hide-away to relax. It is really an oasis tucked right in the middle of the action off Duval. We won't hesitate to work with Last Key before our next trip and hopefully stay at Pilar's Secret again!- Brad M , Posted: 06/20/2018
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 , Posted: 10/25/2016
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, Posted: 11/07/2016
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, Posted: 03/19/2017
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 , Posted: 03/28/2017
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 , Posted: 09/15/2016
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 , Posted: 03/28/2017
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 , Posted: 05/02/2017
Beautiful home, ideal location.- Pamela W , Posted: 06/12/2017
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 , Posted: 03/01/2017