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
Marc has more then 20 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.

Alice Grincewicz
Alice GrincewiczGeneral Manager
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.
Kristy Williams
Kristy WilliamsAssistant Manager
Kristy moved to Philadelphia in the summer of 2015 straight from the Florida swamps. She has since quickly adapted to the dry, city lifestyle. She spends her free time checking out the local comic shops, record stores, and dive bars. Kristy also loves music and is the person to talk to if you’re looking to see some bands play while you’re in Philly. Tired after a long day of sightseeing and just want to chill in our lounge? Try challenging Kristy to a game of Magic, if you’re brave enough.
Max Svalgard
Max SvalgardNight Audit Manager
Max has spent most of his life living in Pennsylvania (so he knows the public transit REALLY well) and has toured the US with his former band nine times. With family from all over the world he’s seen his fair share of it and is looking forward to visiting family in Argentina in the future. Max is an avid fan and member of the Philadelphia Art Museum so feel free to ask him about current and upcoming exhibitions.
Lia Folger
Lia FolgerAssistant Manager
Meet Lia! She just finished 2 years of travelling and loves to talk about where she’s been or get recommendations on where to go. Having lived along the East Coast of Australia, in Hawaii, and Southern Germany, she’s got some cool travel stories and is always down for a chat! Lia lives in the new part of Center City and knows of some cool bars around there so feel free to ask her if you need any recommendations for a night out.
Robert Jenkins
Robert JenkinsReceptionisit
Robert was born and raised in West Philadelphia. He is a sports fanatic (Go Colts, Cavilers, Flyers, Phillies,Union, and Tottenham Hotspur) and is looking to work in sports management after completing his degree at Penn State University. In his free time, Robert enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee and fantasy football. Robert’s favorite food spots in Philly are Beiler’s Donuts, Jim’s Steaks, Keven Parker Soul Food Cafe, and Sabrina’s Cafe.
Originally from New Jersey, Alissa moved to Philadelphia to attend college. After a few years of working on cruise ships, she recently moved back to Philly. She has travelled to more than 15 countries and especially loves Latin America. Alissa speaks Spanish and would like to learn French or Portuguese next.
Antoine Hall
Antoine HallReceptionisit
Antoine is originally from New Jersey, but has lived in South Philadelphia for the last 10 years. He runs the pub crawls on Thursdays, so feel free to ask him where some of the cool spots are that may not be on the map! He has a degree in Animation and hopes to one day work in the game industry as a 3D artist. So when he’s not skateboarding, or watching the eagles (Go Birds!) he’s making some cute characters.
Evan was born and raised in Massachusetts. If you happen to be a New England sports fan he is probably the only person in Philly you can safely discuss Tom Brady with. Evan went to film school in Los Angeles and is always writing and filming a new project. Ask him for recommendations about movies and art in the city.