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 than 25 years of 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.

QuinnAssistant General Manager
Quinn grew up Northern California as an avid beach goer and is an expert swimmer as a result. He is very familiar with hostels and an experienced traveler. He has been to a variety of places across the U.S., overseas, and even lived abroad in Singapore for some time. Quinn enjoys spending time with his dog and partner, trying new food, and enjoying local beers with homies. He also a gamer and enjoys anything Anbennar related. Go Birds!
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.
CaitieGeneral Manager
Caitie is a Lancaster County native (confirmed not amish) who has lived in Philly for the past 10 years. She’s the person to ask about the best bus routes, new restaurants, weird comedy shows, and vintage shops. In her free time she enjoys taking care of her plants, making spreadsheets, and going to Phillies games. Caitie is currently planning an upcoming trip to London and wants to hear your recommendations.
Lucas was born and raised in Montclair, NJ and has lived in a few cities across the U.S. as well as spending a year living in Brazil! He is a member of a punk rock band and has been a part of the music industry for years. He knows a lot of the great venues and can help anyone looking to check out the Philadelphia music scene. He is also a super cyclist and holds records for fastest deliveries in Philadelphia. If you need any recommendations on bike paths, trails, or shops he’s your man!
A Southern California native, Hannah came to Philadelphia in 2019 to attend Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art. She likes sketching animals at the Philadelphia Zoo and sculptures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Also a musician, you may catch her playing the piano in the lounge. She also loves nature and worked for a season for Friends of the Wissahickon, a park stewardship non-profit that helps improve Wissahickon Valley Park.
Mike was born and raised in North Jersey and is a recent resident to the city. He loves anime, trying neighborhood food spots, and playing with his recently adopted cats, (Ginn and Juice). He also loves thrifting and can give great thrift store recommendations.
Evan grew up in New York but has resided in Philadelphia for the past 15 years. He is our in-house real estate agent and you can come to him with questions if you’re thinking about moving to this wonderful city! In his free time he loves checking out new local restaurants, visiting and learning about historic sites in the city, and checking out music shows.
JuliaAssistant General Manager
Julia was born in Puerto Rico but spent her childhood moving around like Indiana Jones. She has lived in Philadelphia for the past ten years and is the person to see regarding museum recommendations. On her time off she visits special exhibits around the city, spends time with her family, and feeding her hoard of stray cats. You can also catch her checking out some of the awesome thrift stores, art shops, and just overall unique experiences that Philadelphia has to offer. Lastly if you are a sports fan talk to her regarding the local sports teams so you can try to catch game, there is nothing else like experiencing a professional sports event in this city. Go Birds!