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Guesthouse Street | Kampong Bay District, Kampot MS1 KP2, Cambodia
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The Magic Sponge
Ranked #1 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Kampot
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've been travelling in south east Asia for over 3 months now and the Magic Sponge was by far the best place we have stayed so far. The room was clean, cool (with just fan) and well priced at $9, we had to change rooms during our stay (as we extended our stay twice) and again this room was good.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What makes Magic S. is William. Always at service, asking if there is anything you need, how you are etc. Stayed for 3 nights, good room, good food, generous portions. Only half $ for a cold beer (12 to 5). Booked motorbike and bustickets through hotel, no problems. Nice staff doing their best to please the guests. Erik & Moni

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MagicSpongeRest, Owner at The Magic Sponge, responded to this review

Erik N, it was so nice to have both of you as our guests. Thank you so very much for being our 200th TripAdvisor review, and we are so happy that you though so much of us to register with TripAdvisor and make us your very first review. Thank you! We also want to thank you for recognizing how hard... More

Adelaide, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Living in Siem Reap my friend and I last minute decided to catch the bus to Kampot. We called the night before and were very lucky to score a private room at the sponge. We had room 6 for night 1 and then room 3 for night 2. Both were lovely and super clean ( you could smell how clean... More

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MagicSpongeRest, Owner at The Magic Sponge, responded to this review

We love thy Aussies! Thank you very much for your great review. We are extremely happy to hear you report how clean the rooms are. Our staff work very hard, and I will definitely pass your compliment on to our staff. It great that you enjoyed the food and drinks so much, as well as the DVD lounge/recovery area .... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Honestly this is the first dorm I had stayed in as I have been travelling with my partner. We stayed here for three nights around a week ago and it was so good. The dorm has six beds and is spacious with a massive balcony. The owner William was such a helpful guy! He even drew us a map of... More

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MagicSpongeRest, Owner at The Magic Sponge, responded to this review

Beanslipper, thank you very much for your great review. "6 out of 5 stars"? Cool! We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us so much, especially our food, ice cold beer and the quality of service we try to provide at an affordable price. We just want our guests to have fun and enjoy their time in wonderful Kampot! Best... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I stayed here with my boyfriend for two nights -- we spent one night in the dorm room upstairs and another in a private room. Both nights stay we're really good. I slept incredibly well and really enjoyed the atmosphere of the guesthouse. Everyone there is super welcoming and William the owner is great at making sure you have everything... More

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MagicSpongeRest, Owner at The Magic Sponge, responded to this review

Soivebeenthere, thank you for your many compliments. We do try to privide a "small cozy family run guesthouse" atmosphere, and we're so glad you co appreciated it so much. The mattresses in our rooms are from Thailand and most guests find them much more comfortable than those usually available in Cambodia. We also have thick foam mattresses in our penthouse... More

Hangzhou, China
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I stayed at Magic Sponge for 6 days. The room is simple but very clean. William, the owner, is a charming guy, always cheeful and energetic. The Cambodian girls, William's employees, are so nice and friendly, they gave me a lot of help and comfort during my recovering period from some spider bites. They are my family, I love them... More

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MagicSpongeRest, Owner at The Magic Sponge, responded to this review

Mayi10302230, it was such a pleasure to meet you and have you dysu in our humble guesthouse. You are true pleasure to be around, and you brightened our days as well as those of our other guests. We felt you were family, too, and we will very much look forward to seeing you again! Best wishes in your travles, and... More

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

$3 a night in the penthouse aka the dorm room which is the best room in the house with beautiful views, private balcony and high enough to get a great breeze. The owner William is incredibly thorough and informative, and gives a grand tour. One night turned into 3. Happy hours are great and there is a private movie room... More

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MagicSpongeRest, Owner at The Magic Sponge, responded to this review

Holly B, it was great having you as our guest. We're glad you enjoyed the Penthouse Dorm so much that you extended your stay with us. We are also happy to hear you greatly enjoyed large our food offerings, especially our Indian food, as well as the TV/DVD lounge and our happy hours. Cheers! Thank you very much for taking... More

Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

$3 a night pent house dorm, free mini putt putt, pool, awesome chill space, cheap food, drinks specials almost every night. the guy that runs this brings so much great engery to the place, always happy and welcoming, gives great advise of what to see and do. the food portions are massive and im talking bigger then my head. check... More

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MagicSpongeRest, Owner at The Magic Sponge, responded to this review

Kate W, thank you! "The best backpacker hostel in Cambodia." Wow! We're so glad you enjoyed the food and our big portions, and that you enjoyed staying in our "Penthouse Dorm". We still have improvements we'll be making to it soon, so please come back and see us again! Cheers. William Owner The Magic Sponge Guesthouse, Restaurant and Bar More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Two words: stay here. Particularly if you enjoy being taken good care of, enjoy a good laugh, are good at poker, mini putt, pool and enjoy meeting an awesome bunch of people. The sponge is by far one of the best if not the best place we have stayed while travelling through sea over the last 6months. William and Rafael... More

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MagicSpongeRest, Owner at The Magic Sponge, responded to this review

Wow! Anna G, thank you so much for all of the flowing compliments! We really to try hard to make the Magic Sponge perfect for everybody, and it is so nice when our hard work is recognized. "The best place we've stayed at" in SE Asia really makes it all worthwhile! Cheers! We finished upgrading all of our toilets and... More

Kerikeri, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

After being recommended by friends we booked in our two night with Magic Sponge. The owner is very hospitable and made our stay wonderful! The room is very large with big comfy beds, good wifi, friendly staff and right in the town. The restaurant was our favourite, the portions are exactly what you need. I am very over paying $4... More

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MagicSpongeRest, Owner at The Magic Sponge, responded to this review

Kelliemariee, it's so nice to hear that you heard of us on other travelers' recommendations and that we lived up to your expectations. We are especially grateful to you for passing along how much you enjoyed our meals. I will be sure to pass on your compliments to our kitchen staff. Incidentally, the fish madras is only $4! Thank you... More

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Address: Guesthouse Street | Kampong Bay District, Kampot MS1 KP2, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Kampot Province > Kampot
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6

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