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The Magic Sponge

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Guesthouse Street | Kampong Bay District, Kampot MS1 KP2, Cambodia
The Magic Sponge
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  • 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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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We just turned up at the Magic Sponge, on the recommendation of a fellow traveller, and were lucky enough to get a room. We booked three nights, originally, but ended up staying for four (and could have stayed longer)! The owner, William, met us at the gate. He is the most cheery, happy, helpful, easy going man we have ever... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the best places I have stayed on my current trip. William was born to run this place. He's one of the friendliest people I have ever met. We arrived on a Monday which just happened to be mad Monday (for every dollar spent on food you get a free beer, wow!). The food was outstanding and... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Magic Sponge is well located in the beautiful Kampot province and a short walk away from the riverfront and the pubs. I stayed at the dorm of two nights and during one of those the water stopped working. One of the other guys in the dorm had a bad case of bug bites too. However, I'm sure these are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been having a great time at this hotel! The food was good the chocolate fudge pie was legendary! And they have minigolf which is awesome! ;)🍰 🍫 the room has television 📺 and bathroom. So great rooms great bar, great owner and staff!

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

Fnilzz, thank you very much for taking the time to write us such a great review! We really appreciate comments like yours, and our staff greatly appreciates their hard work being recognized. We especially appreciate your comments on our rooms and food. We must admit, the chocolate fudge pie is a favorite after one of our big meals. Thank you... More 

County Cork, Ireland
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

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

Dondon89, thank you so very much for your wonderful review! We're glad you enjoyed yourselves so much at The Magic Sponge. You were here for our two favorite nights, Monday Night Madness, in which you receive on free draft beer for every whole dollar spent on food between 6-9 p.m., and our Wednesday Night Jam with outstanding live acoustic music.... More 

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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

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
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

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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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

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

Clare G, thank you for your great review! You did get to stay in a variety of our rooms, and we're so glad you liked them all. We really try hard to give our guests that "homey" feeling, and we're glad you appreciated it so much. We will very much look forward to seeing you again, and we hope that... More 

Malaysia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

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 April 29, 2015 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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MagicSpongeRest, Owner at The Magic Sponge, responded to this review

Hey, Finnermagic, thank you for staying with us and for your recommendation to others! We enjoyed your stay, and we hope that "when you're in the neighborhood" you will be able to stay with us again. Cheers. William Owner The Magic Sponge Guesthouse, Restaurant and Bar More 

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