Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, India
At a Glance
All rooms have balconies
There is just one room type but each room has nuances: some have bathtubs, some can fit an extra bed
The hotel mixes a contemporary feel with colonial chic
Located in the heart of Fort Cochin
With just 19 rooms, the hotel has an intimate feel
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.
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Located in Fort Cochin, well-located for exploring the fort, Eighth Bastion is a boutique hotel with just 19 rooms in a contemporary and minimalist style. The hotel is run by CGH Earth, a well respected group whose focus is on nature and the environment.
Eighth Bastion is CGH Earth's newest addition to Fort Cochin. Opened in 2013, it mixes a laid back and contemporary feel with colonial flourishes. The hotel takes its name from the fact that the VOC, or the Dutch East India Company's forts all had seven bastions, so this property is seen as the eighth of Cochin.
Being a small property, Eighth Bastion retains an intimate atmosphere and the building has high walls so also has a very private feel. There is a lovely swimming pool in the hotel's courtyard, which guests can dine around.
All of the 19 rooms, split over three floors, have balconies, so guests can enjoy the temperate Keralan climate without venturing from the privacy of their bedrooms. Decor is tasteful and minimalist with touches such as historical maps of the fort and paintings of old ships. Walls and bedding are white, making rooms light and airy. Each floor has a sitting area for unwinding and Palais de Mahe makes for a great place to switch off completely.
Eighth Bastion has just one restaurant, the East Indies, facing out into the hotel's courtyard and guests can choose to dine inside or outside. Cuisine on offer is of the fusion variety, with an Indo-Dutch flavor that has influences from across Asia, including Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Kerala itself. Traditional live Keralan music is performed in the evenings.
The hotel is located on a quiet street corner in Fort Cochin, making it ideal for exploring the colonial fort by bicycle, foot or in a vehicle. Bicycles are available to borrow from close to the main gate of the hotel.
Away from the hotel, there is plenty to discover, with the Dutch Palace, the Jewish quarter, greens where locals play cricket, the fish market and Chinese fishing nets, and plenty of churches. There is also lots of shopping to be done: Fab India is just around the corner and there are also lots of antiques shops, and textiles.
Eighth Bastion has 19 rooms which benefit from different features. Opt for a Bastion Room or Room with Garden Verandah if you would like a bathtub.
Children are welcome at Eighth Bastion but there are no specific childcare facilities for them.
The East Indies Restaurant is located on the ground floor of Eighth Bastion, with seating both inside and out. Cuisine is a fusion of Dutch and Asian. There is often traditional live Keralan music in the evenings during dinner.
Eighth Bastion is perfectly positioned for exploring Fort Cochin, either by bicycle, rickshaw, foot or in your vehicle. Within the hotel, there is an outdoor infinity-style pool.
Julie Geyton (Staff)
Eighth Bastion is a very modern property with cubic lines but with touches of Dutch history such as old railings and roof tiles. The hotel has a Dutch shipping theme with copies of antique chairs originally found on old Dutch schooners. Artwork throughout the property has a ship theme. Its a fusion of modern and old with large bedrooms and a bathrooms set around a small pool. A fabulous restaurant . Also check out Beach Gate Bungalows owned by CGH and linked to the hotel. Tese bungalows originally used in the 1930s for the Sterling companies in Cochin have now been transformed into 3 bedroom property with private pool suitable for families. They have a separate dining room and kitchen and can either eat in the property or at the Eighth Bastion.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
Eighth Bastion is a great property in the heart of Cochin Fort. The bedrooms are a good size with a clean and polished interior. The food at the restaurant is delicious, although the service is a little slower than bigger international chains.
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Location & directions
Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, India
Eighth Bastion is located within the colonial Fort Cochin, within cycling distance of the sights of the fort.
How to get there
14-hour indirect flight with Emirates via Dubai, followed by a 1.5-hour drive from the airport to the hotel.