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The Magic Sponge

Certificate of Excellence
Guesthouse Street | Kampong Bay District, Kampot MS1 KP2, Cambodia
The Magic Sponge
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed in magic sponge for 3 nights and could of stayed longer. Everything about this place is good, really well managed. The owner is also super friendly a bit forgetful but I would to if I saw that many guests a day. We stayed in the fan double which is 10 USD a night and really nice. The bed was... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The owner left my passport with some unidentified person who apparently owned the moto he was renting out. I never was told that my passport would be left with anyone other than the owner. Because of his negligence, we were late for our bus back to Phnom Penh. Very rude and slow service also. On top of all of this,... More 

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

Well, it does seem that every spring Kampot does get a few “unique” characters, and congratulations, Daniel_R, you are our first this year. First, although it may surprise you, you were not nor have you ever been a guest at The Magic Sponge, even though you falsely indicate that you stayed here in May 2015. We are an agent for... More 

Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

it was a nice place, and the owner was almost overly nice. they have a free mini-golf, the food was eclectic and vegi-friendly, and there was a nice selection of movies available in common areas. i would stay here again

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

Well, it does seem that every spring Kampot does get a few “unique” characters, and congratulations, Daniel_R, you are our first this year. First, although it may surprise you, you were not nor have you ever been a guest at The Magic Sponge, even though you falsely indicate that you stayed here in May 2015. We are an agent for... More 

New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My brother and I got a full experience of this place! Due to being fully booked and us showing up with no reservations, we moved around the first few days... so we got to see the double bed room, the twin beds room, and the dorm. All were great - free towel, some soap, even a little candy! What we... More 

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Malaysia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a night's stay at this place based off the reviews here, and we were not disappointed at all! We got checked into room 1 - which is a fan-cooled twin room spacious enough to comfortably sleep 4 persons. We were there in the winter and found the fan cool enough to keep us comfortable. The room was clean and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They were always happy and helpful. It is a nice place to get some cheap beers and just relax. The owner is always happy and loves to make fun :) The rooms are great. I would recommend this place to everyone!!

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We once again trusted the fellow reviewers on tripadvisor who put the magic sponge at number 1, and once again they were spot on. We got in touch with this great guesthouse a few days before our arrival and promptly received an email confirming our stay. We went for 2 nights in the fan room and added on a third... More 

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4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seriously the best hostel I've stayed in throughout south east Asia! Spent a night in a private room and another in the open air dorm and both were awesome! The staff are super-helpful and always happy to provide local info. You have minigolf, a pool table, cheap beers and unlimited movies at your disposal. I couldn't recommend it higher!!!

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

Joseph B, thank you so much for your glowing recommendation. Since you got to stay in both a private room and our Penthouse Dorm, you did get to see the different accommodations we offer, and we're glad you enjoyed both so much. We wish you the best on your travels, and thank you for taking the time to write such... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best hostel I've stayed at in the last two months travelling SEA! William (owner) goes out of his way to make you feel so welcome the entire time. The private rooms are luxury and spotless and the dorm is the same with your own private fan and reading light. Add in the free pool, bar movies and free mini... More 

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

Wow, Rachel5893, thank you for the great words! We all, my staff and myself, work very hard to try to make everyone's stay as perfect as we can, and it's so nice when someone recognizes our efforts. We're so happy you enjoyed your stay so much. Thank you! We hope that you can make it back to Kampot soon and... More 

Phuket, Thailand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Stayed there for 3 nights, first night in the penthouse dorm, and the 2 next nights in a room with fan (they had no availability for a private room with fan on my first night). William (the owner) was very good answering my emails before my arrival, very helpful. Check in was smooth, and I was helped to carry my... More 

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