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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Hangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

$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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

$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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is the spot for late nighters! William, the owner, keeps guests and others entertained all day long with movies, put-put golf, a pool table, and good eats. At nights the bar doesn't ever officially close. For those that are night owls, this is a great spot - but if you like to go to sleep early (like us!) make... More

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

EricandSarahSeattle, thank you for your review. We are glad that you appreciated our many amenities, our food and our services. We do apologize that you could hear our late night crowd. We must admit that since we opened over four years ago, we have never had a complaint from your room and have had many families with small children stay... More

Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Amazing place ran by two great guys. Very helpful, fun and you may stay longer than planned. Tasty grub and cheap beer = perfect. Family room was huge, dorm was cool, open planned, each bed has a fan, safe and mozzie net.

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

Ecallaw555, we're glad you felt at home! Our big TV lounge with it's comfy sofa and chairs is popular for chill time. We're glad you liked the food and the beer - so do we! Thanks again for your compliments, and for taking the time to write a TripAdvisor review for us. Williamj More

Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Awesome place to stay in, 5-10mins walk from thr riverside. Stayed for 2 days in the dorm, beds and pillows were sturdy, even though the showerhead was faulty, but for 3USD a night, that's quite worth it.The owner, William is extremely funny and has a huge collection of movies. the food is soso, except for the Indian food, which is... More

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

Brianong83, thank you for staying with us, and thank you for your compliment on our Indian food. We are constantly making improvements to our facilities, and just completed completely rebuilding the penthouse dormitory toilet from the ground up. The existing shower head is a temporary measure that provides a lot of water, but the new permanent shower head we are... 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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