The Eighth Bastion is a modern hotel in the heart of the Dutch influenced corner of Fort Cochin. It's a unique blend of contemporary and colonial styles with a nod to the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and the rich colonial past of the area. Whilst the architecture combines modern, clean cubic lines with chic, retro touches such as the railings and roof tiles, the link with the Dutch is evident throughout the hotel. There is even VOC-branded furniture scattered about, exact replicas of the chairs once found on Dutch schooners that sailed these waters, and there's a scale model of the Batavia in reception, a beautiful trading ship that eventually sank off the waters of Australia.
There are just 19 rooms at The Eighth Bastion, giving the hotel an intimate feel. The rooms are all of the same standard though each is slightly different from the others. Some of the en-suite bathrooms have baths, some can accommodate an extra bed. Most of the rooms have their own balcony or patio, these too vary in size. The rooms are all comfortably furnished in a modern, simple style and are light, airy and air-conditoned.
The East India Restaurant offers fine dining with an Indo-Asian flair. Amongst the favourites on the menu are chicken sate, a traditional Kerala fish curry with a modern twist, and the house speciality of open cheese tarts - something for everyone. You could opt for a tasting menu, a great way to tantalise your tastebuds with a variety of flavours, created with care using the freshest local ingredients.
The hotel offers complimentary bicycles for those wanting to explore under their own steam. There's a selection of bikes to choose from, then hop on and off you go, it's a great way to see the local sights. Organised tours are available too, either walking, or you may want to take a spin in the Cochin Ferrari, the hotel's auto-rickshaw, it makes for the perfect morning excursion.
Open: The Eighth Bastion is open all year.
Location: The hotel is within sight of the Fort and other points of interest in Fort Cochin. Kochi international airport is 42kms away.
Rooms: The 19 rooms are all of the same standard although each has its own special nuances. Some have baths, some rooms are slightly larger, all have balconies but their sizes vary.
Activities: The hotel is perfectly positioned for exploring Fort Cochin, and guided cycling and walking tours can be arranged. Staff can also organise a sunset and heritage walk. Bicycles are offered on a complimentary basis if you wish to explore independently.
Facilities: The restaurant cuisine reflects the cultural influences of Kochi and is a fusion of Dutch and Asian cuisine. There is a lobby bar and the central courtyard is popular for a pre-dinner drink and chat. The hotel has an outdoor infinity pool for guests to use.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome though there are no special facilities for childcare.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free WiFi available.