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Guesthouse Street | Kampong Bay District, Kampot MS1 KP2, Cambodia
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The Magic Sponge
Ranked #1 of 22 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I didn't actually stay at The Magic Sponge, (here forth TMS) I stayed across the street at Orchid Guesthouse, (which was also nice) but popped into TMS to have some breakfast on my first day in Kampot. The owner William was behind the bar, and couldn't have been more helpful or friendly, the food was delicious as well! William was... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We found the Magic Sponge to be exactly as it has been previously reviewed. Very clean, comfortable beds and a good atmosphere. The food was overall average, we had some good meals but others were disappointing (salad dressing needs reviewing). Raphael was extremely helpful with excellent local knowledge.

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

Irene, thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed our accommodation, and that Raphael was such a great help to you. If you look at other reviews, I think you will find that your opinion of "average" food is a quite rare one, but everybody is entitled to their opinion. In reviewing our records, we could only find that... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cheap, clean and relaxed plus a great staff, free mini golf, pool table and great food makes this THE place you want to stay in Kampot. The owner is keen to help out with everything you might need: laundry, motorbike, descriptions, bars & restaurants, transportation. Anytime again!

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

Backpackcaesar, thank you for staying with us. We're very happy that you think so highly of us and we're glad we could help you enjoy Wonderful Kampot! Best wishes on your travels, and we hope to see you again soon! Cheers. William More

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately we could only stay one night at the Magic Sponge as they were fully booked for the next 3 next that we were staying in Kampot. The room we had was very large with 2 x double beds, large fan that felt like AC and own bathroom with hot water. For 12 buck we thought this was great. Even... More

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

Daisylouloubell, thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your meals (especially our favorite breakfast, the Eggs Benedict) and your room so much. Thank you also for your personal compliment. We're all glad you enjoyed our facilities. Please come back and visit us when you are in the neighborhood. William More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

myself and my friend travelled Asia for the last 3 months, and the magic sponge was one of the best dorm rooms we stayed in, if not the best!!! the dorm was spacious, immaculately clean, and each bed even has its own fan and light! The room also has an open balcony which makes the room cool and breezy. There... More

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

Imogen_adams, thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and telling others about us. We are so glad you enjoyed the Penthouse Dorm so much. Thank you so much for the personal compliments - I'm a bit red with embarrassment but I really do want to thank you. It does take our entire staff, though, not... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Loved my stay here didnt want to leave. Liked the live music night. Good ambience in the bar area. Hammock was relaxing. Pre drinks on the dorm balcony were one to remember. Manager a little overbearing at times but all in all felt at home. Thanks

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

Christina G, thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed the Penthouse Dorm, the live music, the bar, the hammock and drinks on the Penthouse's private balcony. We strongly feel that we are far above average in regards to our facilities, restaurant, staff and events, though, and we do wish you would send us any suggestions from you may... More

London, England, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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

Sarah B, thank you for your many compliments! It was so nice to have you both as our guests and a real pleasure to meet you, and yes, we did have a lot of fun. We wished you could have stayed longer, too, and extended your stay a third time! We do to try to immediately respond to any maintenance... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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 September 19, 2014

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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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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