About Our Hostel

To us, the apple represents the place where you are – the source of knowledge and wisdom.

We understand that you’ve travelled from all corners of the planet seeking new places, new friends, and new adventures. You’re not satisfied with simply knowing where you’re going or how to get there – you crave an experience informed by newfound sights, sounds, tastes, and ideas. In short, you want to know where you’ve been.

Apple Hostels was dreamt about for quite some time but finally came together in the spring of 2008 when we purchased the Bank Street Hostel, located in the Old City just steps from Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and surrounded by great pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Our goal is to have the best reviewed hostel in North America, so having a great building in the perfect location has gotten us off on the right foot. Now we want to be sure to offer each of our guests a clean and safe environment, the friendliest and most knowledgeable employees, and a great variety of tours and activities.

We hope to get the opportunity to meet you and have you as one of our guests. Please be sure to let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable, either by completing one of our surveys or writing directly to one of our staff listed below. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Mickey’s life is a tale of rags to riches. Mickey was abandoned at the USA Hostels Hollywood hostel when he was just 5 months old. As adorable as he was, the staff took him in and quickly trained him to do their jobs. Before he knew it, he was checking in 20 guests at a time, cleaning the toilets and doing the reports. All this while negotiating contracts with the hostel’s vendors. Realizing that he deserved more for all this than just dog food and belly rubs, he set out to create the world’s best hostel.
Marc Desmarais
Marc DesmaraisOwner & President
Marc has more then 15 years experience in the hostel business. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Marc moved to California in 1998 and joined USA Hostels where he helped grow the company into one of North America’s finest chain of hostels. In 2007 he set out with Mickey and Ines to form Apple Hostels, in what they hope will be another success story. At the very least, it should keep them out of trouble for a while.

Marc’s interrests include travel, home renovation, hiking and ballroom dancing.

Tim Schmidt
Tim SchmidtManager
Tim has lived in Philadelphia for the past eight years. He also sucks at saving money, so he is the king of having a good time on a budget; whether it is cheap shopping or cheap drinking. As far as his travels, he recently was able to check Paris off his list of destinations to visit but he still has a list of cities and countries he wants to see. In short, for a good time talk to Tim.
Bradley Crawley
Bradley CrawleyReceptionisit
Bradley recently moved to Philadelphia from Orlando, Florida. He has traveled with bands and musicians throughout the United States and looks forward to seeing other countries and cultures in the near future. Being new to Philly, Brian is constantly on the prowl for new restaurants, bars, and venues. Brian’s hobbies include booking and coordinating events in Orlando and Philly, going to West Philly house shows, and spending his paychecks at used bookstores, vegan restaurants, and coffeeshops. Ask Brian what about Philly he’s recently fallen in love with, but beware, it may be long-winded.
Alice Grincewicz
Alice GrincewiczReceptionisit
Alice is no stranger to hostels. She has done quite a bit of traveling in her life and has stayed in many hostels throughout Europe. She has also traveled all over the United States while touring with bands. After a brief stint in the traveling circus, she has made her way to Philadelphia from Orlando, Florida. Alice enjoys drinking coffee, shopping for records, going to dive bars, and singing karaoke. Ask her for advice on the best drink specials in the city, but don’t be alarmed if she starts singing Madonna songs halfway through her answer.
Jill McFarland
Jill McFarlandReceptionisit
Jill was born and raised in Philadelphia and recently moved to the Northern Liberties neighborhood. She has spent the past few years exploring the US with spontaneous trips to New Orleans, San Fransisco, Austin and Minneapolis. Jill is thrilled to be a guide for people visiting Philadelphia and has many great tips you won’t find on the internet for a fun night out. In her spare time Jill enjoys the Philadelphia music scene, making paper collages from old magazines, and slamming cans of Mountain Dew. Jill is also a huge Philadelphia Phillie’s fan and would love to visit Australia. Come say Hi!