Where to stay in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
A great guesthouse in the heart of the peninsula where you can relax and feel right at home.


Room Rates

All three rooms are suitable for one or two persons.

Single occupancy per night $80
Double occupancy per night $120
(Two night minimum)

Single occupancy per week $480
Double occupancy per week $600

Single occupancy per month $990
Double occupancy per month $1500



Quests share kitchen, 1.5 bathrooms, all common areas and laundry. Everything is included.

Berkey Water Filtration and Analemma Coherent Water
Bellicon Rebounder
Meditation cushions and yoga mats
Two pianos and two guitars
Many vintage cribbage boards

Ground transportation recommendation: Driver Dave's Airport Shuttle



Room One is available from June 1, 2024.

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Room One

Room One is cozy with an east facing window,
a full-size bed with a side table, a desk, chair and hooks for hanging clothes up.

Room One

Room Two

Room Two has a south facing window,
a queen-size bed with a side table, a desk, chair, and a wardrobe.

Ashe on the neighbouring chimney



Room Three

Room Three has south and west facing windows,
a queen-size bed with a side table, a captains desk, chair,
and hooks for hanging clothes up.

Room Three



Tea & Oatcakes

Since the hotel has gained quite the reputation for oatcakes, for the adventurous we can also offer a week long apprenticeship in oatcake making and baking. Please inquire.

Meditation, Yoga, Qigong are basic to the culture of the Hotel Vajrayana. The idea is that this is not only a place to stay but a place to transform.

All this is optional of course and you're encouraged to pursue your own practice in this regard. If you'd like more structure we offer courses developed by Tsoknyi Rinpoche and offered at Fully Being. You can take a look at the options. The essence of all this is "Grounded Body, Warm Heart, Clear Mind."

Qigong in the garden




Juliana's Guestbook entry


“Great place and host, I highly recommend to stay here for a long period”
– Rodrigo, Ciudad de México, Mexico


“Holy F**k, those oatcakes are delicious :)
Loved your house, your hospitality is impecable. Great vibe &
thanks for teaching me cribbage!”
– Nelly, Uganda



“Clean, comfortable and quiet. Ken was friendly and easy to communicate with. Location is also good. You can walk to most places or take a bus. I would recommend this place for your stay in Halifax. ”
– Catherine, Toronto



“I absolutely enjoyed staying at Hotel Vajrayana. It’s a cozy home, it has a great location, and Ken was always down to answer any questions or give you tips. 5 stars !!”
– Frieda, Maastricht, Netherlands



“Very unique and very comfortable. I felt very welcomed and like I had been living there for a long time which is a hard feeling to come by when you travel a lot. The oatcakes that Ken makes are amazing and you will definitely become addicted to them. I had a great time staying at Ken's and I would recommend it to anyone looking to stay in the area. ”
– Joseph, Lake Louise, Canada

Main Room


“A beautiful home. Ken has such a wonderful energy, and everybody who walks through this house, feels like they're at home. The house was clean, and there was lots of cribbage to be played. A great location, and a wonderful place to stay in Halifax for any amount of time!”
– Gabbie


Living Room

“Ken is a gem, extremely friendly and helpful. Felt like being at home right away. Excellent location for having never been to Halifax. Definitely would recommend.”
– Shawn, Toronto

Living Room


“Amazing host and location. Ken is incredibly friendly and kind. His house is very spacious and has everything you need. Close to major grocery stores and several bus stops nearby. The oatcakes that he bakes is a cherry on top. Would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a comfortable place to stay in Halifax. ”
– Seung Jae, South Korea


Living Room

“Excellent downtown location close to everything.”
– Corinne

“A lovely place and Ken is delightful to talk with. A perfect spot if you are visiting Kings or Dal.”
– Steve, Sydenham, Ontario

Backyard Tibetan Prayer Flags

“All the amenities were provided. The house was clean. Ken was amazing. Thanks for the hospitality. Overall it was great experience.”
– Sumith Sai, Canada

December 2019
“Highly recommended. Room is comfortable and landlord is nice. I will definitely chose the same place if I have chance to visit Halifax again.”
– 哲 Daniel, China

“Ken is adorable! He makes you feel at home immediately, and he is genuinely interested in people. I even had a little cake ceremony for my birthday! Highly recommended if you like healthy organic homemade oatcakes and great conversations.”
– Nadine, Charlottetown

“It was an enjoyable, and relaxing stay.”
– Liban, St. John's

Guestbook Entry

“Highly recommend, It was my best (Airbnb) experience. House is very cozy and nice, perfect location. If you travel alone, this place is more than perfect. Host is amazing person. Thank you Ken. I definitely want to come back :) ”
– 수연, Seoul, South Korea

“Tea and oatcakes were nice on checkin.”
– William, Hamilton, Ontario

“A great host especially during difficult conditions due to Hurricane Dorian. Oatcakes were delicious!”
– Amir, Brackley Beach, PEI

“Very kind and wonderful guy, I had great experience staying at Ken's place and turned out very special. The place is close to the downtown and restaurants, I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a memorable experience. ”
– Purvikalyan, St. John's

Natasha Fatah interviews Purvikalyan on CBC's National News

“A beautiful older house, warm hospitality, comfortable room and facilities in an unbeatable location, close to fine restaurants, cafés and an easy walk to the centre of town and, yet, on a quiet and peaceful street. Could not be better!”
– Martin, Montreal

“Very cosy big house with a nice backyard. Owner is very friendly and welcoming and offers delicious oatcakes.”
– Siew Ming, Selangor, Malaysia

“Ken is very welcoming, thoughtful and helpful. He makes amazing cookies and, best of all, can initiate or handle deep conversations in many many areas. You cannot feel more at home than at Ken’s!”
– Austin, Toronto

“We had a really good time at Ken's place. He made everything to make us feel at home, was caring and willing that we enjoy our stay. The house is beautiful and close to the center.”
– Loic, Montreal

“It was an old house, but downtown and a supermarket were nearby. The friendly owner welcomed me warmly.”
– Jungim, South Korea

“Consumate and accommodating host — this was an ideal stay and would choose to stay by Ken again if and when I do return.”
– Alex, New York, NY

“Ken's place is very walkable to the city and there are many delicious places to eat nearby. We heard no noise from our room even though it is located in the city. He was very welcoming and his oatcakes were very yummy. ”
– Katherine, Durham, NC

“Ken's place is very walkable to the city and there are many delicious places to eat nearby. We heard no noise from our room even though it is located in the city. He was very welcoming and his oatcakes were very yummy. ”
– Katherine, Durham, NC

“Had a great stay. Ken is very good at giving you your space but is available if you need anything. I appreciated the comfortable bed and fan in the summer time. He even lent me some books on Buddhism. Would stay there again!”
– Amanda

“Parents were very pleased with their stay with Ken, friendly and great host! Would reccomend!”
– Pat, Miramichi

“A well located beautiful house in a residential area close to downtown and north end. Ken is a nice person willing to help.”
– Owen, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

“Great place to stay!”
– Brodie, London, Ontario

Misty Buddha

“Notre séjour chez Ken fut génial. C'est comme à la maison ! On se sent bien et c'est simple. De belles discussions et un bel accueil :-) tout était comme décris, la maison est bien placée, proche du centre ville et en même temps proches de pleins de bonnes adresses (restaurants, cafés,etc) et facile d'accès en arrivant à Halifax. Stationnement gratuit dans la rue, un atout quand on arrive d'un road trip!! Une adresse à recommander les yeux fermés !! ”
– Lucille, Montreal

“Really beautiful place in an amazing location. Ken created a lovely space with a warm and friendly vibe, and he makes delicious oat cookies! Highly recommended!”
– Carlyn, Toronto

“Mr. Ken is an expectacular host. Helped me to get to know the city better, have a nice way to talking to people and, of course, the oatcakes! The house itself is clean, organized and cozy. 5 stars :)”
– Allisson, São Paulo, Brazil

“This is excellent value for your money. Ken is a great host and we loved sitting down for tea with him after a long day on the road. I was a bit nervous about sharing a bathroom with other guests but for the most part it worked out ok. We only had to wait to use the shower once out of a three night stay. I think the best perk was waking up to the smell of baking oatcakes every morning!”
– Rebecca, Toronto

“A quiet, convenient location. Lots of interesting artwork around the house which adds a lot of character.”
– Shray, Doha, Qatar

“Always enjoy my time here, very comfortable stay. It's home away from home.”
– Steve, Vancouver

“Great hospitality at an incredible price!”
– Hugh, Regina

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Ken's comfortable and relaxed home. It is in a great location and Ken is a great host.”
– Cathy, Okotoks, Alberta

“The bed was comfortable, the house and host welcoming and the location is perfect! Tons of great food nearby and an easy walk into the city centre.”
– Kate, Burnaby, BC

“good place!”
– Junichiro, Meguro, Japan

“Friendly, low key, eclectic — a great experience. Great area and lovely backyard. I would definitely return.”
– Joanne, Toronto

“If you like kindness, comfort, naturalness, and fun this is the place for you. The place is located centrally, Ken is a very caring host, you will be really comfortable in all ways.”
– Debby, Lakewood, CO

“Ken's place is perfect. Perfect location, very clean, and perfect people in the house as well. I'll stay here again next time I come to Halifax”
– Frankie

“Ken's home is lovely! It is unique, clean, and located in a great spot. Ken is friendly and quick to respond! My flight arrived late but Ken was flexible with my check-in time which I greatly appreciated.”
– Paula, Hamilton

“Ken's place is a wonderful character house within walking distance of downtown Halifax. The bed room is small but the double bed was very comfortable and the house had lots of sitting space and a big kitchen. The bathroom was also spacious. The house was very clean and Ken was a very gracious and friendly host. ”
– Bill, Gibsons, BC

“Ken is a kind and wonderful host. His place is well located and comfy. A great find in Halifax.”
– Émilie, Chandler, Quebec

“Hotel Vajrayana is a special place: great hospitality, a wonderful occasion to meet local people and amazing oatcakes baked fresh every day. There are other guests in the house, which makes the place even more colourful!”
– Giulia, New York, NY

“Thank you Ken! He is so great. His house is amazing. So peaceful. The fact that he made us feel at home was really important for me, my dad and Joao. Even for Luke. I definitely recommend his oatcakes...”
– Lívia

“We have stayed with Ken several times, and have had a very good experience each time. Ken is a genial and accommodating host. The location is very good with shops and transit nearby. The house is clean and well kept. We really appreciate having access to the kitchen. We would definitely stay with Ken again. ”
– Margie & Tom, Edmonton

“Ken is an amazing host who made us feel right at home. He has a beautiful house in a great location. We loved the smell of the oatcakes.”
– Niamh, Liverpool, United Kingdom

“Great location!”
– Chelsea, Calgary

“Great communication! Very much enjoyed our stay”
– Jessica, Sudbury

“Perfect place to stay in Halifax. I felt like being home. Everythings perfect, the house, the bed, the room, the host ! Even the cookies ! You should book right now if its not already done.”
– Marie, Montreal

“Ken is a special one. Definitely book your spot here.”
– Yousaf, Mississauga

“It was a pleasure to stay! I faced no problems and Ken showed great hospitality.”
– Gökhan, Dublin, Ireland

July 2018
“A great pick for our three night stay in Halifax. Our room was spacious, airy, and clean with a very comfortable bed, pillows, and duvet. The bathroom was just down the hall - like the rest of the house, clean and welcoming to guests. The house was pretty quiet while we were there and we enjoyed relaxing mornings before heading out to explore the city. Similarly, we appreciated the ease of quiet evenings at the end the day's adventures. Ken's communication was clear and prompt and he welcomed us with tea, oat cakes, and an orientation to the Halifax city map. The oat cakes were a super delicious perk to this B&B and the house always smelled delicious. Thanks Ken! ”
– Susan, Ottawa

“Ken was an exceptional host. We really enjoyed the hospitality he provided. Very clean room and bathroom. Would recommend staying here 10/10.”
– Susan, Chilliwack

“My stay in Ken's place was absolutely amazing - a great example of what Airbnb should be all about. From the warm/kind hospitality, the incredible space, the easy check-in, the interesting conversations, and the delicious homebaked oatcakes — you really couldn't ask for more. Thanks so much Ken for your hospitality during my stay — your place, and Halifax more generally, are very special indeed. Take care and hopefully see you again in the future. ”
– Jonathan, Wombourne, United Kingdom

“Nice stay”
– Belinda, Halifax

“An eclectic home. Everything is very laid back and friendly. We met some lovely people who were staying there at the same time as us.”
– Gail, Lorette, Manitoba

“A short walk from the Halifax Commons, Ken's place is really nicely located in the city and with all of the space, the backyard, the hospitality, and the breakfast options available, you're certain to enjoy your stay the city!”
– Gregory, Toronto

June 2018
“Easy walking distance to downtown Halifax, or a more rigorous hilly route around the citadel if you'd like. Comfortable home and friendly conversations; scent of baking...”
– Andrea, New York, NY

May 2018
“Great to stay at Ken's place for a second time. Definitely home away from home in Halifax.”
– Steve, Vancouver

May 2018
“Ken is a gentle welcoming host who isn't in your space, but allows you into his. The smell of oatcakes I will never forget. His home is a great model of shared community living. Will be back again many times.”
– Jan, Antigonish

May 2018
“Great location walkable to downtown and the Universities. Relaxed house and very comfy bed. ”
– Louise, Calgary

April 2018
“I remember when I arrived ken told me that there’s one rule in this which is ‘FEEL LIKE YOU ARE AT HOME’. He’s super super nice, when I checked out he gave me a bag of cookies to take it back to tbay. I recommend his house. ”
– Feras, Thunder Bay

April 2018
“This is a perfect place for someone who wants a laid back, comfortable and homey place to stay.”
– Sharman, Anchorage, AK

April 2018
“Solid location, great value. Would stay at again!”
– Farees, Ottawa

April 2018
“It was an amazing experience staying at Hotel Vajrayana. I enjoyed a lot talking to Ken and Kelly. The place was clean and comfortable and within a reasonable distance from downtown. In sum, highly recommended.”
– Hojjat, Longueuil, Quebec

March 2018
The location is very good, the night is very quiet, the landlord responds quickly.”
– Amanda, Sydney, NS

March 2018
“Ken is a great host and a unique human. Good talks, good vibes and best cookies home made :)”
– Micah, Montreal

February 2018
“Ken is a great host and a unique human. Good talks, good vibes and best cookies home made :)”
– Joanne, Winnipeg

December 2017
“Very quiet place, walking distance to everything I wanted/needed to do in Halifax! Thank you for a great stay!”
– Ingrid, Winnipeg

“Place was clean and bathroom was roomy. Host had plenty of supplies. Loved the oatcakes!”
– Anna, Hamilton

November 2017
“Absolutely adored this home. Great central location, Ken is a hospitable, friendly guy, and was a quiet, comfortable stay. Oh! And you need to try Ken’s Oatcakes, they were great with some tea. Highly recommend this! Would definitely stay there again.”
– Perry, Toronto

“Ken is a very welcoming and kind host. The place was super clean and warm and there were always interesting people popping in! I would highly recommend Ken's place. His oatcakes are the best ever! :)”
– Andree, Charlottetown

“Ken was wonderful and helpful. Really made me feel at home. Quaint house that is warm and welcoming. The bed is soft and cozy. Great area too. Oakcakes are delicious!”
– Meagan, Ottawa

“Ken was super helpful with info and quick responses and friendly to chat with. Great, warm home environment in easy location to buses or 30min walk to downtown.”
– Krisztina, Logan City, Australia

October 2017
“House is well situated in Halifax and is a short walk to nearby shopping and the cbd. Ken was a great host. I shall miss the oatcakes and Bella :)”
– Shaun, Christchurch, New Zealand

“House is well situated in Halifax and is a short walk to nearby shopping and the CBD (Central Business District). Ken was a great host. I shall miss the oatcakes and Bella :)”
– Shaun, Christchurch, New Zealand

“Ken is an amazing host and I had a great time staying at his artsy, clean home. The area is wonderful and has some nice restaurants in the neighborhood. Ken is also prompt and made it very easy to communicate, check in etc. He is very kind and helpful. I would absolutely stay at his place next time I'm in Halifax! ”
– Aparna, Toronto

“Thank you to Ken for his continued hospitality. This is my second stay at Ken's. It is a great location- near downtown. Ken is welcoming, easy going and very accommodating, so easy to feel at home. I am also very pleased with Hotel Vajrayana as Ken allows dogs, so I am able to bring my pooch when traveling. I will be back.”
– Susan, Kingston

“Ken was lovely. It was helpful to have a flexible check-in since we were coming into the city a bit late. Great set-up and easy to meet people there since there's multiple rooms available and a lot of communal space.”
– Franchesca, Toronto

“Hotel Vajrayana is in a good location — about 20 minutes to downtown and a lot of cute restaurants and such in the nearby neighborhood.
– Sarah, Philadelphia

“Great place, within walking distance of many attractions.”
– Paul, North Bay

“Cozy place to stay walking distance to downtown! Ken was a great host!”
– Hillary, Waterloo

“Great location, clean and very comfortable accommodation.”
– Holly, Baddeck

“Ken was very accommodating, giving us information on things to see and do and suggestions for parking. Overall a good place to stay as we felt very comfortable in a homey setting. So nice to smell baking of yummy oatcakes. Ken was able to give us privacy we also appreciated the conversations we had with him.”
– Marlene, Medicine Hat

September 2017
“Ken made us feel at home, part of the family! An incredible visit.”
– Amanda, New York, NY

“Ken'a place is very laid back and welcoming. Great value for the money, good location. Huge yard and Ken makes great oatcakes!”
– Janet, Monterey, CA

“Fantastic host in a lovely home. Location is about as good as can be without getting into downtown prices. Ken was laid back but helpful, conversational but polite. Really amazing talks and maximum freedom. I felt at home! I'll be sending friends here. Definitely! ”
– Cedric, Sisters, OR

August 2017
“Ken's home is an amazing place with the vibes of a sanctuary — highly recommended! ”
– Chris, Toronto

“Easy peasy, great place to kick back, relax, loved the oatcakes.”
– Jackie, Calgary

“Ken and his house were one of the highlights of our trip to Nova Scotia. He is a very interesting and nice person and his cookies, which we had for breakfast, are delicious. The kitchen is well furnished and has everything you might ever need! I actually found a couple of the Italian coeee makers. The bathroom has everything as well and the bed was very comfortable. The last night we stayed there we had dinner together and he made pesto with basil from his own garden and we played Scopa, an Italian card game. I'd go back just to beat him again. — LOL”
– Claudia, Vancouver

“Ken's home is very conveniently located for walking or to access the frequently running bus routes to get right into downtown Halifax. We often walked through the nearby Commons (a large park) and to the Citadel. Ken is a friendly and welcoming host.”
– Cynthia, Toronto

“We were well received. Ken is a very welcoming and friendly host. The bed was comfortable, we slept very well. ”
– Béatrice and Jean Marc, Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Quebec

“Hotel Vajrayana is so warm, vibrant, and clean. It could not be in a better location either. It is in a tremendous neighborhood, just in the edge of Downtown. Everything is in walking distance, including some delicious restaurants. Check out Edna's, EnVie, and Heartwood. You won't be disappointed.”
– Daniel, Portland, OR

“Ken is a terrific host. He enthusiastically welcomes you into his home. His home is peaceful and relaxing. It is a wonderful place to stay. It is within walking distance of the Halifax Citadel and the waterfront. ”
– Michael, Gatineau, Quebec

“Ken's place was very homey and well located. Ken and his family were all really nice and helpful. ”
– Karen, San Rafael, CA

“My girlfriend and I had a lovely time at Hotel Vajrayana. It was a great place to stay for exploring Halifax and the room was clean and nice. We should also mention the oatcakes, they were amazing! We can recommend this for staying in Halifax. ”
– Joachim, Copenhagen, Denmark

July 2017
“Hotel Vajrayana is close to everything in Halifax...we parked our truck for 2 days and rode bikes or walked everywhere. There's a huge park just a couple blocks away... We had as much or as little interaction with Ken as we wished; that said, we found Ken to be a kind and gentle person. There were also travelers staying in other rooms while we were there. We'd recommend Ken's place if you want a quiet, central location and don't mind sharing space with others. Thanks Ken”
– Todd, Williston, VT

“A great, informal home from home in a cute neighbourhood.”
– Nicky, Heidelberg, Germany

“Very good host and nice accommodation !”
– Rongnan, Sydney, NS

“Hotel Vajrayana is walking distance to restaurants, downtown and transit. Area is quiet and you'll love the smell of Ken's famous oatcakes.”
– Cristina, Winnipeg

“Had a great time in Halifax. Hotel Vajrayana is lovely, clean and quirky. We felt very much at home. Ken is a friendly and outgoing host. We'd definitely recommend staying with him.”
– Alize, Toronto

“Hotel Vajrayana is in the BEST location if you like craft beer — or just good food. Fantastic, aeordable, hip restaurants were less than 5 minutes away. Walking downtown was a nice stroll and it was easy... ”
– Audrey, Victoria, BC

“My husband and I really enjoyed our weekend stay with Ken. Ken is laid back, easy going and quite a people person. He is open to conversation or will allow you the space to relax, unwind and do your own thing. Overall, he provided an energy that was positive, hospitable and welcoming. Ken also does a great job of providing insight into Halifax history, art and culture. The room we stayed in was comfortable, and it was a unique experience staying in a home built around 1890, with an extensive array of folk art on the walls. It was extremely convenient being close to downtown too. Ken's oatcakes are a real treat and we purchased some to take home with us. I feel the people that would get the most bene+t out of their stay with Ken, are those open to good conversation and wanting to know valuable insight into Halifax. Thanks for everything Ken! ”
– Poh Lin, Fredericton

“Beautiful Zen square in a good location. Very nice experience. Thanks Ken!”
– Gabriel, Montreal

“Ken is a cordial and generous host. The room and general accommodations were as described in the listing. Hotel Vajrayana is within fairly easy walking distance of the main sites I wanted to visit. The overall experience of staying with Ken was excellent. I highly recommend staying here when you visit Halifax”
– Connie, Malvern, PA

“Hotel Vajrayana is a fabulous place, an old house lovingly cared for, with the smell of freshly baked oatcakes wafting through the hallway. The rooms are clean and very comfortable, and Ken is a fascinating person — lots of good philosophical conversations. Wish I'd been able to stay longer.”
– Frances, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom

“Ken made check-in as easy as possible, and his place is on a number of frequent bus routes and a pleasant walk to everything in downtown Halifax. A great place to stay!”
– Nicolas, Ontario

“Ken is a generous and gracious host. His house is clean and centrally located. I enjoyed my stay and would stay there again.”
– Scott, Austin, TX

“Ken was a great host! Location was fantastic, we walked everywhere.”
– Sharon, Ottawa

“We wanted to stay close to downtown within walking distance and the location was perfect for this. Ken was welcoming, informed us of local services and we had some good conversations. He had a very open kitchen and accommodated requests for us to store items, dry some clothing items and was just all round helpful and pleasant.”
– Debbie, Burnaby

“Our stay at Ken's was a perfect fit for our time in Halifax. Ken is great host, the house is charming, bed was a cloud and location is close to trendy restaurants and shops.”
– Simmon, Quebec

“We had a wonderful time staying at Ken's home. The room was a little small but we were only there to sleep and the bed was very comfortable. Our first night was Canada Day and we were walking distance to the park where all the festivities were. We were also walking distance to some great restaurants as well. Ken was very friendly and we spent many hours talking either after we got home in the evening or before we left in the morning. He seemed genuinely interested in your story, where you came from what your plans were. He volunteered useful information on things going on in Halifax, places to see and a little history of the place. And then there were the oakcakes, Ken's side business is producing wonderful oakcakes sourced from local organic ingredients, we bought a bunch before we left We were there for only two days but we easily could have stayed for more.”
– John, Toronto

“My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time at Ken's place. The location is perfect and really close to everything you need (restaurants, cafe's, grocery stores). It's about a 15 minute walk to the citadel and 30 minute walk to the harbour so it's really in a great location. As we were in Halifax for Canada's 150th we were also treated to the main Canada Day celebrations in the Halifax Commons, only a 2 minute walked away. Ken, our host was a joy to talk to, very knowledgeable, and friendly. Bonus, every time we walked into the house we were greeted by the smell of oatcakes. It doesn't really get much better then that.”
– Veronica, Kelowna

“Vajrayana Hotel was the best B&B experience I've ever had! Ken is so genuinely warm just like his oatcake. My mother and I felt very comfortable and relaxed at Ken's place. The room, bathroom, and the house are clean and cozy. Ken and I had a wonderful share on topics of spirituality. A good friendship was made and Vajrayana Hotel is highly recommended! Cheers :) ”
– Raye, Halifax

“Ken is a very welcoming host who cares about the well-being of his guests. It is also open and interested in people from other cultures and languages. The house is comfortable and very well located for walking to restaurants, cafes and bars in the North End district. Downtown is also within walking distance. ”
– Éric, Montreal

June 2017
“Ken's house is very welcoming and in a charming location. The room I stayed in was clean, with a warm vibe, and the bed situated right by the window to get the fresh air. Ken was generous with his delicious oatcakes. ”
– Ronda, Edmonton

“Great location for both walking distance to downtown and quiet & peaceful residential area. The house is cozy and full of great artworks. The host Ken makes people so comfortable, my wife and I really loved him. Also loved oatcakes he made. I will definitely recommend this place to people visiting Halifax! ”
– Chol, Halifax

“Ken is genuinely kind and will make you feel at home right off the hop.”
– Genoa, Winnipeg

“We have stayed with Ken before and would do so again. The location is very convenient for us in walking distance to shopping. Access to transit is nearby. Ken is a gracious and welcoming host. We appreciate having access to the kitchen.”
– Margie & Tom, Edmonton

“Ken's place is lovely and serene! Waking up to the smell of his oatcakes was so good. Ken himself was kind and intuitive.”
– Leigh-Ann, Vancouver

“Ken's place was welcoming, comfortable, and in a great neighbourhood.”
– Heather, Creston, BC

May 2017
“Top location for staying in Halifax, friendly host.”
– Steve, Vancouver

“Ken's place was very serene and so enjoyable. Amazing location, my dog and I very much enjoyed the neighbourhood — and the oatcakes are out of this world. Thank you so much.”
– Andrew

“A clean and comfortable room, and a friendly host.”
– Ramesh, Ontario

April 2017
“What a lovely place to stay! Ken is welcoming and helpful, he makes you feel right at home. It's a great location near delicious restaurants and cute cafes. My room had nice bright windows, a big desk and a comfy bed. I also cooked and ate at the house a few of the nights and had many engaging discussion with Ken. Truly a home away from home, I'll be back I'm sure :) ”
– Jen, Toronto

“I enjoyed staying at Ken's house. Ken is a warm, welcoming and easy-going host. The bed is comfortable and sharing the bathroom worked out +ne. Being able to use the kitchen and cook meals for myself was great! ”
– Margie & Tom, Edmonton

“No words can describe Ken! I left a great friend in Halifax! I spent my birthday in Halifax and was very well received with birthday cake, conversation, lots of affection and sympathy for Ken and his son. highly recommended. Big house, clean and beautiful. Very well located near to parks, downtown and everything you need. Thank you very much, my dear friend Ken.”
– Meire, São Paulo, Brazil

March 2017
“Very nice place to stay and Ken was very friendly and welcoming.”
– Levi, Bathurst, NB

“Great place to stay, peaceful, quiet, clean and centrally located. Ken is a great host and was kind enough to share his delicious Oakcakes with me. Looking forward to another visit in the future...”
– Neelabh, Houston, TX

February 2017
“A kind innkeeper who likes Tibet of China. We took three marvellous days together. The room is cozy. The location is near two supermarkets so is very convenient. I wish I can live in his house next time.”
– 冠东, Glace Bay, NS

February 2017
“Stayed at the Hotel Vajrayana for over a month. A very welcoming, comfortable, peaceful and friendly home! Ken was very friendly, easy going and helpful as I just moved in to Halifax. The location was great and close to the Oval! Really enjoined the dinners we had (Ken is a great cook). I would definitely stay again if circumstances allow!”
– Ilya, a new arrival in Canada from Israel

“Great place to stay in Halifax. Ken is very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.”
– Jianguang, Waterloo

“I loved Hotel Vajrayana. Great location. Walking distance from everything you need. Felt very comfortable and relaxed there. Ken is wonderful company and a great chef. He has some brilliant stories and is also respectful if privacy is what you want. The art in the house is also very special, as are the books. Look forward to visiting again. Thank you Ken. ”
– Tommy, Porto, Portugal

“We stayed at the Hotel Vajrayana for a week and they celebrated Anna's birthday! It was really awesome. We were so happy to be there! We would love to see Ken again! Sa i ko-!!!! ”
– 杏菜, Omuta, Japan

“Ken is a super nice person, warm and helpful, telling me a lot about the city and life. The room is comfortable and cozy. His soup and biscuits are delicious. What's more, with his bike, I explored most interesting places in HFX. It was really an unforgettable journey. Thank you, Ken! And it would be my pleasure to invite you to visit China!”
– 天立

“A very friendly and welcoming home filled with lively conversation and the warm smell of oatcakes. I had a wonderful stay here!”
– Annie, Toronto

“Ken was really nice and helpful as I just moved to Canada when I arrived in his place. The house as well as the neigbourhood are very nice. The innkeepers are interested in what their guests do, where they come from or what information they need.”
– Rémi, Châteaubriant, France

“The hosts are amazing! They have such a peaceful home and I really enjoyed eating dinner with them and talking. I will stay with them every time I go to Halifax.”
– Rachel, Washington, DC

“Wonderful hosts. They are very welcoming and they didn't impose any house rules. Ken occasionally leaves yummy oat cookies he bakes on the table. I had a short stay in their beautiful house but I think I made new friends in Halifax. Ken is an active listener. He's very calm and nice person to talk to. I was invited twice for dinner during my 7 day stay. Definitely recommend this place.”
– Punnya (Babi), Calgary

“My son and I have spent a couple of days in Halifax. The hosts are so nice, their house is so welcoming: you are as if you were at home. The place to go if you are in Halifax. It is so quiet.​ ​

C'est vraiment l endroit pour loger à Halifax , c'est beaucoup plus qu un simple logement : vous y serez trop bien reçus en tant qu invités. Endroit très calme.​

Mein Sohn und ich verbrachten eine Woche im Hotel Vajrayana. Du warst zu nett zu uns. Wir waren in deinem Haus wie in meinem Haus. Das Zentrum ist zu Fuß in 15 Minuten erreichbar, viele Geschäfte in der Nähe. Der Ort ist sehr ruhig.

Los anfitriones son muy buenos, la casa es muy tranquila.”
– Magali, Mallemort, France

“Stayed at Hotel Vajrayana for 4 days. It was a great experience as the hosts welcomed me with a hearty dinner and delicious homemade oat cakes on the first day! The house is situated in a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood. There are a number of eateries within 10 to 15 mins walking distance from the accommodation as well. The room is very simple and neat with a shared washroom on the other side of the corridor. It is really a good place for a short stay in Halifax. The bed is comfortable and the small decorations around and within the house provides a homely and lively atmosphere. Thank you very much for your great care and hospitality! Hope to see you again when I have the chance to travel to Halifax the next time. ”
– Kenichi, Singapore

“Staying with Ken was great. His home is warm and welcoming (as is Ken himself). Location is very convenient to downtown Halifax.”
– Ronald, Airmont, NY

“Staying with Ken was great. His home is warm and welcoming (as is Ken himself). Location is very convenient to downtown Halifax.”
– Ronald, Airmont, NY

“Ken and his wife were very warm and welcoming, I'll stay here again next time I'm in town (not to mention Ken's oat cookies are just the best!)”
– Nathalie, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“We were warmly welcomed into Ken’s house. The hosts are interesting folks to meet and converse with. The bed is comfortable, sharing the bathroom is easy and having full access to the kitchen to be able to cook the foods needed for a special diet was so much appreciated. It was fun to sit around the long beautiful table and meet and chat with the many folks who were a part of the week – including other Airbnb guests as well as Ken and Pam’s friends. It is walking distance to Citadel Hill and from there to downtown and the waterfront. We loved walking in the area and managed to be on Citadel Hill a couple of times for the noon time cannon and changing of the guards!! And last but not least, the oatcakes are yummy!”
– Margie & Tom, Edmonton

“Ken was a very nice host and so were the other guests who stayed in the other rooms. The home was lovely and in a great location near some local cafes and restaurants in the north end. Would recommend to stay there.”
– Agata, Toronto

“Had a great 2 night stay at Hotel Vajrayana. Their home is located within a short walk or bike ride to downtown Halifax. There are lots of buses available in the city so it is really easy to get around anywhere! I didn't spend much time in the house as I was out exploring for most of my stay but from the short interactions I had with the hosts I can say they are lovely and welcoming people and very helpful and accommodating.”
– Tanya, Toronto

“Great place, amazing city. Ken is so welcoming and is oatmeal cookies will charm you!”
– Rosy, Ottawa

“Ken is a very nice host.”
– Neil, Ottawa

“We had a really nice stay at the Hotel Vajrayana. It started by good communication and a warm welcome at our arrival. The room itself was big and confortable. We were pleased by the situation of the house which is in a beautiful neighbourhood near downtown (20 minutes walk). Would definitely recommand!”
– Christophe, Montreal

“Ken was a lovely host, and went out of his way to make me feel at home during my stay. Beautiful house, beautiful location. Couldn't recommend it more!”
– Thomas, Palo Alto, CA

“Hi, Ken. Thanks for the dinner and oatkakes. Oatcakes are so amazing! I am really comfortable in ur house :)”
– Yoonjoo

“I had a great time! Ken is a great host and helped me whenever I had a question. The oatcakes are amazing!! We had an amazing dinner on my last day. Thank you very much for this very pleasant time I had in Halifax.”
– Jakob

“Ken is a very generous, relaxed host. He provides a welcoming, and comfortable home on a quiet peaceful street, walking distance to downtown. There is an opportunity to meet other travelers, if you are interested, for conversation, meals and cribbage. Ken kindly opened his home to myself and my dog, allowing for a home base to visit with my son while in Halifax. Ken's dog, Gesar is also relaxed with other dogs and shared his large yard for exploration and play. Thank to Ken for a wonderful stay and great game of cribbage. I would recommend staying at Hotel Vajrayana.”
– Susan, Kingston

“It was a pleasure staying at Hotel Vajrayana. Ken is a wonderful person and host! The room was clean and neat. We would not hesitate to stay with Ken again.”
– Trevor Anne, Courtenay, BC

“My girlfriend and I had a fantastic stay with Ken and a few others who were visiting. Ken has created a wonderful open community that we were glad to be a part of, even for a few days. The house felt safe, fun, and welcoming. Couldn't recommend more.”
– Brandon, Somerville, MA

“Ken met us at the door and was the perfect host. The rooms were comfortable and the house a delightful blend of great art and hospitality.”
– Jacquie, Belfast, ME

“Pam was very welcoming, personable and encouraged us to feel at home. We didn't get to meet Ken (he was away working), but he was great at communicating with us.”
– George, Delmar, NY

“My husband and I stayed at Ken's place for 2 nights. The house is located in a convenient spot, it's a 30mins walk to the waterfront, restaurants in the area, and a big park around the corner. We walked around the area our first night there and drove out to Peggys Cove the next day. We didn't meet Ken, but met Pam who was very nice. Nice spot for a short stay.”
– Kelly, Toronto

“Wow! What an experience! The hosts went way beyond expectations with their very kind hospitality. The room was very clean and spacious for two of us. Lots of towels provided, we used their washer/dryer and the kitchen. The entire home really felt like our home away from home. I highly recommend this B&B for experiencing Halifax!! Thank you so much!!! ”
– Naomi, Toronto

“We were made very welcome by both Ken, Pam & various family members and friends who came by during our stay. We were encouraged to treat the place as a home away from home & shared some meals with the family. We were also able to borrow bicycles. The location was slightly out of town centre but had good restaurants & supermarkets nearby & was walkable for everything we planned to see & do in town. We also had the opportunity to meet & socialise with some other guests during our stay. On the whole, a very positive experience & a very welcoming household.”
– Dave, Linlithgow, United Kingdom

“Ken and Pam were incredibly friendly. With other guests staying there, the atmosphere is very positive and welcoming. The room was clean and the location is great. My girlfriend and I walked all over Halifax with the Hotel V. as our hub. There are also many great restaurants and coffee shops right in the neighborhood. ”
– Jonathan, Somerville, MA

“Ken is indeed a lovely and warm host. The house is very well located, in a quiet area and close to everything, so we were able to visit the must-sees in Halifax on foot. Our room was lovely and cozy. From the moment we arrived, Ken provided us with the facilities of his kitchen, city guides, backyard, towels etc., and we felt very comfortable right away. Thank you so much for hosting us, Ken !”
– Hélène, Montreal

“A beautiful, spacious house that feels very homey and comfortable. I really enjoyed my time there and they were even kind enough to welcome my dog Gizmo into their home. As a guest, you also get sampling privileges for Ken's infamous Nova Scotia oatcakes!”
– Sarah, Toronto

“We had a great stay at Hotel Vajrayana. The house felt really homey and comfortable, and in a great central location.”
– Brianne, Toronto

July 2016
“Ken & family were very lovely folks — very hospitable. We felt very comfortable in their casual home. The yard was shady and quiet. The locale is close to transit and walking distance to stores and restaurants, but in a quiet area. The aroma of his fabulous oatcakes was a wonderful touch, too.”
– Leah, Ranson, WV

“Great location and Ken is very welcoming and home is friendly and comfortable. I would recommend this airbnb. enjoyed the people and atmosphere.”
– Christine, Toronto

“It was like staying with a big family. Very friendly and welcoming. At times we were intimidated but I guess one has to get use to it.”
– Salim, Montreal

“Ken was a very welcomg host and the location is great!”
– Madonna, Amherst, NS

“Big, comfy renovated home in excellent walking area. Many activities and sights within walking distance. Ken, and his wonderful, friendly family, make you feel like you are at home, and his fresh oat cakes are irresistible. Halifax is a pretty, interesting, lively city, and Ken's place is a good place to come home to when you're exhausted from your activities! ”
– Gerald, Asheville, NC

“This was our first time using AirBnB and if any of the other hosts are half as lovely as Ken, it certainly won't be our last. Ken was welcoming through email and in person. The room was bright and clean and we quickly felt at home in all of the shared spaces, including the shady backyard. Waking up to the smell of freshly baked oatcakes is something we could easily get used to! The overall friendly, open and zen-like vibe of Ken's place was just what we were looking for. It was a short walk (or, when we were feeling tired after a long day, cab ride) to most of what we wanted to see and do. Ken also had some great recommendations for local restaurants. ”
– Katie, Toronto

“We loved staying at Ken's house. It was like another home for us. Ken let me borrow some books to read and I cooked some greens from his garden too. We had a mini dinner with him and his family too. My husband and I enjoyed conversations with Ken and Pam. It was like a retreat for us. Beautiful stay! and of course yummy genuine novascotia oatcakes made by Ken. Simple yet elegant stay ! ”
– Deepti, Denver, CO

“We really enjoyed our stay at Ken's place for our first week in Canada. Even if the house was fully booked, we had the calm we wanted to. Really well situated. I also love the room. We had such a nice family feeling there... Everybody was helping us to buy a car etc. And waking up with the bakery smell, it's just the best!
Really respectful people!”
– Hélène, Utrecht, Netherlands

“Everything good for the price. Very warm , generous hosts and hospitality. Budget some calories for the Oatcakes.”
– Allan, Saint Johnsbury, VT

“Great time with Ken and family! Warm welcome and wonderful place - close to the Harbour, Citadel and Commons. Lots to do and see in HFX - and Ken was great company. Fantastic co-op feel :) Thanks Ken!”
– Amanda, Montreal

“Fantastic! In his pre-arrival communication, Ken welcomed us and invited us to get comfortable, make tea, etc. When we arrived, we felt so at home. We parked our car and walked everywhere, to the waterfront, the public gardens, the Citadel. We would happily stay at Ken's house again. And the homemade oatcakes!! Delicious!! Thank you Ken! ”
– Cory, Burlington, Ontario

June 2016
“Such a comfortable and welcoming place to stay. Great location and perfect atmosphere; great hosts.”
– Arianna, Lethbridge, AB

“Ken and Pam welcomed us with open arms. The room had the basics and everything we needed for the stay. The neighborhood is great and a perfect location to walk all over Halifax. The real treat here is Ken and Pam ... do take them up on any snack or beverage they provide as thoughtful conversation will ensue. Also make sure to spend time outside on the deck, the chipmunks and ravens were chatty as can be. This place has amazing energy and phenomenal hosts. ”
– Jessie, Minneapolis, MN

“Great, quiet, residential neighborhood. My wife and I (seniors) stayed for 5 days, in the month of June/16. Excellent climate. We did almost all of the walking tours. The house is 3 blocks from a Supermarket.​Our host Ken has made us comfortable. We were very welcomed and felt at ease. Ken makes Oatcakes, which are really tasty (the best we've ever had). The dog in the house does not interfere or bother the guests. It was a great stay. Thank you to friends Ken and Pam.​”
– Adriel, Pelotas, Brazil

“This was a great place to stay. The location was very convenient to downtown Halifax. The hosts were welcoming, willing to share a beer, offer recommendations, or let me be alone as desired. Recommend.​”
– Austin, Charlottesville, VA

“Ken immediately made us feel welcome, is overwhelmingly accommodating and personable and made our AirBnB experience hands down the best we've had to date. The house is beautiful and cozy, situated close enough to nearly everything a guest could hope to see and, what's more, Ken and the fam are more than willing to facilitate your +nding the best Halifax (and area) have to offer. It was a resoundingly fantastic visit, and this was in no small part due to the kindness of Ken, the family and maritimers in general. ”
– Tyler, Edmonton

“I was welcomed from the moment I arrived. The house is beautiful and the location can't be beat! It's central so you can walk in any direction and +nd the amenities you need. Great community feel in the neighbourhood. ”
– Renee, Saskatoon

“Ken and Pam made us feel very welcome in Halifax. They gave us tons of local tips, shared a meal with us at the table, and we enjoyed lively conversation together. Their home is very comfortable and in a great location — close to tourist sites in downtown and the emerging scene in the North End. And Ken's homemade oatcakes are incredible!”
– Evan, Boston, MA

“I stayed at Hotel Vajrayana on Moran for a with four coworkers while attending a conference in Halifax. We had the entire house to ourselves. Ken was a very nice host, who was very responsive with questions I had prior to booking and made me felt welcomed before I even showed up. While I never met Ken (I was always out when he came by), my coworkers had nothing but nice things to say about him, and he also brought us oatcakes! The home is beautiful, and was a lot more spacious than the pictures made it seem. Even though there is only one washroom, the +ve of us made it work. The location is great; it's a 2 minute walk to the park, and ~15 minute walk to downtown. I highly recommend his place! ”
– Poly, Niagara Falls

“It has been really nice staying at Hotel Vajrayana. Ken made a great Tabouli salad for dinner and I was welcome to tea, coffee and bananas that I wanted! The conversation with him was nice too. If I am returning to Halifax, I would definitely go there again! ”
– Erlantz, Galdakao, Spain

“Ken is a wonderful host: very nice conversations and hospitality! He also make the best cookies! The room was perfect to get some work done and some rest. Good restaurant also just next to the house. Thank you very much for this very nice stay! ”
– Alexis, Montreal

“This was my second enjoyable stay the Hotel Vajrayana, Ken made me feel very welcome, I enjoyed my stay and would stay there again.”
– Eric, Salisbury, NB

“Ken was great. He was warm and quite personable, and even prepared dinner for all of us the fisrst evening. Very welcoming.”
– Donna, Kailua, HI

“The hosts were very accommodating, fun to chat with, and helpful with figuring things out in the area. The room was spacious / clean, and the house was in a great location (nice neighborhood, easy access to downtown, etc.) Would definitely recommend staying there and would gladly stay there again if I ever needed to.”
– James, Halifax

“Ken's house is great, walk distance to most scenic spots in Halifax. We had a nice talk with Ken and got much useful info for our trip. He also gave us some oatcakes which were made by himself, it tastes great! Thanks Ken!”
– Jie, New South Wales, Australia

“Ken was a wonderful host. We and another couple arrived on Saturday evening. We all chatted the evening away with a bottle Ken's own label wine and his homemade oat cakes. Next morning he cooked up a batch of pancakes for everyone to share. A regular Sunday morning treat for his son, which we could share in. The room was comfy. One floor up if that may be a problem for anyone ”
– Diana, New South Wales, Australia

“Ken was a wonderful host. We and another couple arrived on Saturday evening. We all chatted the evening away with a bottle Ken's own label wine and his homemade oat cakes. Next morning he cooked up a batch of pancakes for everyone to share. A regular Sunday morning treat for his son, which we could share in. The room was comfy. One floor up if that may be a problem for anyone ”
– Diana, New South Wales, Australia

“Ken's hospitality can't be improved.​ Arriving in heavy rain, I was immediately offered a hot tea and a bowl of his homemade cookies.​ Ken is laisser fair, so if you are looking for conviviality you can find it, you prefer to walk your own paths, also OK.​ Room was cozy, bathroom clean and the distance from the center, exactly as described. Conclusion if Halifax then Cliftonroad.​ ”
– Greta, Dietramszell, Germany

“We had an absolutely wonderful long-weekend in Halifax thanks, in no small part to Ken and his roommate Brian. Ken’s place offered a quiet, peaceful home away from home with a zen-like atmosphere. He and Brian were excellent hosts and provided us with a great little morning start of coffee, fruit, and Ken’s very own Nova Scotia Oatcakes (we probably ate about 20!) as well as some great suggestions for things to see and do around Halifax. They were also nice enough to treat us to some great local beers and an excellent afternoon of conversation! All in, Ken’s spot is exactly as advertised and a very pleasant place to stay. It does come with one very sweet older black lab (just in case you’re allergic...but he’s so cute!) who stays outside mostly or in his little cubby. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone!”
– Stephanie, Montreal

“It was fun staying with these guys. One doesn't expect inclusivity but if you are comfortable with that these people are magic. Respectful, helpful and considerate hosts. ”
– Bernadette, New South Wales, Australia

“A lovely home in the heart of Halifax. Ken was kind and very welcoming into his home. I would highly recommend Ken's place for short- or long-term visitors.”
– Ajay, Chicago

“I had a wonderful time staying at Hotel Vajrayana. Situated right beside the commons and on the cusp of the north end/downtown, this is the ideal location to stay for a visit! The best parts of Halifax are within walking distance, as well as all the necessities like grocery stores, etc. Ken's house is beautiful, peaceful, and charming. You can tell his family has put lots of love into the home! My host, Alister, was easy going and very accommodating. He put up with me coming home late at night during the week and waking up the dog, which I am super thankful for :) Otherwise the bedroom/bathroom was amazing, very spacious, however perhaps a tad chilly. As the house is older, this is to be expected, so just remember to bring an extra sweater and slippers! 5/5 would absolutely stay here again. ”
– Alex, Toronto

“I had a wonderful time staying at Hotel Vajrayana. Situated right beside the commons and on the cusp of the north end/downtown, this is the ideal location to stay for a visit! The best parts of Halifax are within walking distance, as well as all the necessities like grocery stores, etc. Ken's house is beautiful, peaceful, and charming. You can tell his family has put lots of love into the home! My host, Alister, was easy going and very accommodating. He put up with me coming home late at night during the week and waking up the dog, which I am super thankful for :) Otherwise the bedroom/bathroom was amazing, very spacious, however perhaps a tad chilly. As the house is older, this is to be expected, so just remember to bring an extra sweater and slippers! 5/5 would absolutely stay here again. ”
– Alex, Toronto

“Ken was really hospitable and warm! I was late to arrive due to some transport delays, but he stayed up to welcome me into his clean and neat house. :-) he also offered me homemade oatcakes (which are amazing btw.) He is thoughtful in making sure that guests have everything they need, and was generous enough to offer me his bikes to cycle around town. He also helped me to do some research on tours to attractions I was intending to visit! The location has nearby eateries and convenience stores. It is also really accessible to downtown Halifax, and the neighbourhood is safe. I found myself walking mostly because the main attractions were nearby. I would definitely recommend this listing to anyone looking for a good Halifax experience!”
– Alexandra, Singapore

“We had a very nice time at Hotel Vajrayana. The hosts were extremely hospitable and the room was very comfortable. It was particularly nice that the house smelled of oatcakes, which were shared with us and were delicious. We found easy parking in the neighborhood and Halifax itself was a very interesting city. We enjoyed being able to use the sun room and chat.”
– Judy, Portland, OR

“Ken's hotel is the best !!! Both of us felt very welcomed. The room was clean. Ken is very gentle and hospital. My friend and I had a very nice dinner with Ken's family. BTW, The dog is really cute. Fantastic Ken !”
– Xinyu, Montreal

“Ken and Pam welcomed us like old friends. What more can one hope for? Thank you.”
– Gráinne, London, United Kingdom

“Ken was an amazing host and so welcoming once we arrived! As this was our first airbnb experience, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of service ken offered during our stay. The location was beautiful to say the least, and the neighbourhood was close enough to the downtown core that travel was not an issue. The house itself was small but comfortable, with an open back yard and sitting area perfect for relaxing on spring and summer days. I would definitely recommend this airbnb location to anyone looking for a quaint but exciting stay in the city of Halifax. Ken has most certainly earn the title of 'super-host' through both his attitude and quality of service! P.S. I also hope you like oatcakes (you'll get the joke once you stay there)! ”
– Rekha, Toronto

“My boyfriend and I fully enjoyed the hospitality that was offered. Such a quiet road considering we were only a block away from busy Robie Street. The room is an excellent size for two people to stay and work in and it was nice and sunny. Ken surprised us on our last day by making us brunch. We had a lovely chat over the blueberry crepes and are looking forward to our next visit to the Hotel Vajrayana. ”
– Vanessa, Summerside, PEI

“Ken and Pam were great hosts! Their home is very welcoming and it was wonderful to chat with the both of them during my stay. Listen to Pam's recommendations (and mine) and go to Queensland Beach while you're there. Thanks to the both of you for such a lovely stay! ”
– Sarah, Vancouver

“I could not have wished for any better place to stay in Halifax. Ken and Pam are the most welcoming, kind and relaxed hosts I have ever met. The house is conveniently located on a quiet street in a good neighborhood, about 20 min walk from Dalhousie Uni and downtown. The room was great, so was the house in general. I'm looking forward to staying again when coming back to Halifax next time. ”
– Joerg, Switzerland

“My stay at Hotel Vajrayana was fantastic! Ken and his family were absolutely wonderful. He reached out in advance, made sure I knew where I was going, and made me feel like a welcomed member of the family. I had a wonderful time getting to know everyone, including the other houseguest. The home is comfortable, full of interesting art, with a great kitchen (we cooked a delicious meal together). And Ken shared his wonderful oatcakes! I would absolutely stay again if back in Halifax and highly recommend this listing. ”
– Veronica, Seattle

“We only stayed two nights at Hotel Vajrayana but we had a really good time. The place was very clean and spacious and we were allowed to help ourselves to anything we might need. Ken himself is very nice as well, and very generous, and he even offered to pick us up from the Halifax train station. When we arrived late at night, he invited us to have lunch with him and a friend he had over. Very good talking and we will definitely come back, when we're in Halifax again. ”
– Maximilian, Mainz, Germany

“Ken was an excellent host. He immediately welcomed me with tea upon arrival, and I had a very nice chat with him and some of his family that stopped by to visit that afternoon. I felt very much at home there, and quite comfortable in my bright and spacious room. Additionally, Ken welcomed my small dog, Jasper, to come stay in his home as well, so I didn't have to put him in boarding for my visit to Halifax. This was such a bonus! I loved having my pup there to explore the city with, and this saved me a lot of money, too. All in all, I really enjoyed my stay in Ken's home, and would highly recommend Hotel Vajrayana to others, especially if they want to feel like they are visiting with friends.”
– Sarah, Fredericton

“One of the best airbnb stays I've ever had! Ken, Pam, Brian and Gesar are the best hosts ever. They took me in like an old friend, invited me to a home cooked dinner and breakfast and thought me how to play "scopa". I will remember their hospitality for a long time to come. I will definitely stay at their place again. Thank you all again for making me feel welcomed.”
– Muna, Toronto

“Great place to stay in Halifax. Enjoyed meeting Ken and his family. I would highly recommend the Hotel Vajrayana.”
– Tamara

“I had the perfect stay at Hotel Vajrayana, hosts Ken, Pam and Brian were fantastic and I felt very welcome in their home. As soon as I entered into the space I felt like I was at home, a very calm and peaceful environment. They made a wonderful breakfast when I arrived, which was so appreciated after a redeye flight and a busy morning! They were a wealth of local knowledge and would recommend the place to anyone! A perfect place to stay and a great location. ”
– Amy & Kevin, Halifax

“This was a lovely place to stay, Ken and Pam were warm and gracious hosts. The location is great — easy walking distance to almost everything! Highly recommended. Also - be sure to try some of Ken's famous and delicious oat cakes!”
– Christine, Toronto

“I stayed with Ken & Co. for about two weeks, and what a stay it was! Their home is beautiful, their company was charming and the neighbourhood was perfect. The next time I'm in Halifax, I know where I'll be staying! ”
– Graeme, Toronto

“Sweet Ken and Pam. We talk and enjoy time. It's great place. Great company.”
– Cinthia, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

“I stayed in Ken's place for a week. Ken is warmly friendly; we had many lovely talks and he invited me for the Christmas dinner with his family and friends since he learnt that I'm new to Halifax and from a dieerent culture. Also, the house has prefect location: accessible to main streets and close to groceries. It's a pleasure to have Ken as a friend. Thanks a lot Ken”
– Omar, West Vancouver

“Warm, welcoming, comfortable, communal and very, very friendly. Just a lovely place to stay.”
– Max, Halifax

“The place was in a great location and just minutes away from public bus stops.”
– Tracy, Limoges, Ontario

“Oh my gosh! After a 10 hour drive, I walked in the door and was immediately invited to play a game of cribbage with Ken, Leanne and Brian. Thanks to one of the housemates, we counted our hands in French. Ken's Organic Nova Scotia oatcakes were on offer along with a choice of beverages. The conversation was amiable and interesting. I was invited to join them for a mussel feed the next night. When I explained that I was taking my daughter and her 2 roommates out for dinner the next night, Ken immediately invited them to join the feed. Alas my daughter was more interested in going to a greek restaurant. I think it was about midnight before I headed up to my bedroom which was located at the front of the house on the second floor. The room is large enough for a queen(?) size futon which was comfortable. The room is not large, but enough space for me. The bathroom was down the hall and was generously sized and had a washer and dryer. The kitchen was where the action was. An addition, which featured a long harvest table to sit around and a couch, had been added onto the back of the kitchen. Parking was available in the street, 24/7 is what Ken said. I did not read the parking signs carefully, but I did not get a ticket. The location in the North End was excellent. Sobeys supermarket was nearby and downtown was maybe a 15-20 minute walk. Ken was exceedingly generous in all ways. He was helpful and relaxed. An excellent host. I strongly recommend his place. Ken thank you so much for your hospitality. ”
– Pays, Falmouth, Maine

“Ken was a great host, the the house was ideal. I can't have imagined a better place to stay in Halifax. Warm, bright and welcoming place. And fantastic oatcakes!”
– Julia, Ottawa

“Ken was a wonderful host; kind, sincere and caring. My visit to Halifax was made all the more memorable because of my stay at the Hotel Vajrayana. Ken provided lots of advice and tips to ensure I got the most out of my visit and I was very fortunate to be introduced to some wonderful people. Thanks for a great stay Ken and keep up the great work!”
– Julia, Ottawa

“My boyfriend and I had a fantastic stay at Ken's place. We loved the relaxed, open vibe, and there was always someone friendly around to chat with. Housemate Lee Ann gave us a bunch of great advice about things to check out in Cape Breton (Meat Cove turned out to be the highlight of our trip — thanks, Lyann!). We were also really happy with the location. There are a bunch of good spots to eat/drink in easy walking distance. We couldn't have hoped for a more comfortable place to start our trip!”
– Noreen, Toronto

“Ken is an excellent host. I will de+nitely try to book with him again when I return to Halifax.”
– Stephen, Cambridge, MA

“Ken is a cut above the rest host. What you get here is more than just a room, but a memorable experience with the entire house. I started my stay with a conversation with Ken getting acquainted with each other over coeee/tea and his incredible oatcakes. We followed that up with a stroll around the charming neighborhood to meet local shops (charcuterie, boutique grocers, and dee dee's ice cream). I got to roam the city solo afterwards for several hours, and I walked into a steak and quinoa dinner with the rest of the crew in the house. We apped the 1st night with lessons on cribbage and local drinks like homemade wine and dark and stormy's. I can't guarantee anyone's future stay will be as fortunate as mine, but I have no doubt these guys won't leaving you feeling any less. I had an early morning shuttle to catch to the airport which I as running late for. They ran out the door after me and insisted on driving me to ensure I made. I've found a second home when I come back to Halifax. Can't wait to see your cakes across retailers in America Ken. Next time I visit, it's my turn to throw down in the kitchen for some steaks followed by a proper rematch in cribbage! ”
– Derricho

“Ken is a lovely and welcoming host. The house is always full of life and feels very much like your home as soon as you've put your bags down. ”
– Kristin, Dublin, Ireland

“Ficar na casa do Ken foi uma excelente experiência! Meu marido e eu estávamos preocupados porque trazíamos conosco a nossa gata, mas no +nal deu tudo certo. A casa é bem colorida e agradável, e o Ken é um excelente an+trião. Apesar de termos +cado pouquíssimo tempo, deu para aproveitar a boa companhia. A casa é bem localizada, o que ajudou bastante, já que tínhamos que resolver muitas pendências em pouco tempo e pudemos fazer tudo a pé. Além disso, é limpa, arejada, confortável e tem duas redes de internet. Ken fez muito mais do que se espera de um an+trião, e nós +camos muito felizes em sermos recebidos com tanta gentileza e simpatia.

Staying at Ken's place was an excellent experience! My husband and I were worried because we brought our cat with us, but in the end everything went well. The house is very colorful and pleasant, and Ken is an excellent host. Even though we stayed for a very short time, we were able to enjoy the good company. The house is well located, which helped a lot, since we had to solve many issues in a short time and we were able to do everything on foot. In addition, it is clean, airy, comfortable and has two internet networks. Ken did much more than what is expected of a host, and we were very happy to be received with such kindness and sympathy.”
– Karen, Porto Alegre, Brazil

“This is one of the most wonderful experiences that my boyfriend and I have ever had using Airbnb. Ken is such a lovey person, and he makes you feel so at home. His dog Geasar is also an absolute darling. We stayed for a month and our only regret was that we couldn't stay for another! ”
– Erika, Marrakesh, Morocco

“Ken was very welcoming. The 'breakfasts' (I slept in a lot) were delicious. The household has a overall feel of calmness and spaciousness. My room was very comfortable and the bathroom was conveniently located almost directly across from my room. Though I didn't have time to do laundry, I was surprised and impressed that it was available. There's a wonderful collection of art all around the house too, which I loved. Thanks!! ”
– Jan, Quinte West, Ontario

“Ken and his warm, colorful home were such a perfect start to our Nova Scotia trip. We arrived on a rainy Sunday and were tired and a bit cranky, and one of Ken's housemates, a charming guy, was just +nishing up a delicious dinner prep and asked us to join him. Then ken came in with and we stayed at the dinner table for lovely, wide- ranging and worthwhile discussions. Ken is an honest, interesting and super generous fellow and frankly if we could've rearranged our plans I'd have stayed another night. Hard to depart when just enjoying where we were! Oatcakes galore, baked by Ken, and scrumptious! He's got a lot going on, and it's all fun to explore...”
– Lynne, Piedmont, CA

“Felt like staying with friends. Good location. Downtown and Spring Garden 15min walk. Comfortable room and bed. Thanks Ken for being flexible with the check the late check in.”
– Kevin, New Tecumseth, Ontario

“Our first Airbnb experience was comfort itself. We were warmly welcomed and introduced to this uniquely embracing sturdy home. That's it; we felt immediately at home. Ken encouraged us to explore the neighbourhood and the city, oeering helpful practical advice. We slept well, found everything we needed, enjoyed everyone we met and their stories. We loved the oatcakes. They have to be the best on the planet. Thanks to you, Ken, your friends, your family (including your noble pet) for sharing so much with us. ”
– Diana, Forest, Ontario

“Immediately on arriving, another guest introduced me to the Farmer's Market. Ken was also very welcoming and generous with his home. I liked it so much I'm extending my stay indefinitely. ”
– Brian, Hamilton, Bermuda

“Ken house is mild. Came a lot of snow on Halifax in particular have a good visit.​ If I want a chance to come back later. Thank you Ken”
– Yumi

“We went into this house as strangers and leave as family. We've traveled a lot, but in few places we've felt such warmth. This place is magical in its love, its acceptance and its curiosity about everything human. We couldn't have chosen a place more perfect to welcome us into our new lives in Halifax. Thank you so much for your hospitality. We leave your house with precious gifts of friendship and wine.”
– Adriana and Abel, Montreal

“I arrived a nervous stranger and left as a long-time friend. The room was very quiet and comfortable, allowing me to get rest at odd hours during a stressful visit to Halifax. I will always appreciate Ken's warmth and welcome into his home. ”
– Medur, Ottawa

“Had a good stay at Hotel Vajrayana. Ken was at home to welcome me in. He gave me the space and privacy but was available to talk too. Ken took me to the Halifax Library and the Farmers market along with his son. Felt welcomed. 2 mins to bus route and short walk to downtown. ”
– Shibu, Kochi, India

“Pretty interesting place to stay. In a nice neighbourhood, and nothing was too far away. Didn't experience much of the house expect the bedroom, and it was standard. All things considered it was pretty much exactly what we were looking for. ”
– Paul, Sackville, NB

“Very welcoming environment. Ken was a great host.”
– Alex, Victoria, BC

“I was immediately welcomed into Ken's home! We chatted, I was oeered tea and cookies. He's got a great home in a wonderful location.”
– Benjamin, Kingston, Ontario

“I was immediately welcomed into Ken's home! We chatted, I was offered tea and cookies. He's got a great home in a wonderful location.”
– Heather, Cardigan, PEI

“Accueil très chaleureux de la part de Ken. Il met tout de suite a l'aise. La maison est très agréable, la chambre est spacieuse et l’hôte est très intéressant.

Very warm welcome from Ken. He immediately puts you at ease. The house is very nice, the room is spacious and the host is very interesting.”
– Christophe, Brest, France

November 2014
Ken is a great host, has a beautiful big old house, complete with a lovely dog and lots of oatcakes!! Would have loved to stay longer!”
– Jessie, Dunedin, New Zealand

Strawberry Social 2014
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