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 20 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.

Kristy Williams
Kristy WilliamsGeneral 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.
Maya was born in Long Beach California but her parents have been dragging her around the country (and even to Costa Rica for a few years) since she was 2 years old. After graduating from high school in New York she took time off to travel and do work exchange programs. In January of 2020 she moved to Philly to attend Temple University to study Hospitality and Event management. Maya has aspirations to one day open her own boutique hotel with an event venue . When she’s not daydreaming about vacations she can’t afford, Maya likes to read , roller skate and make art.
Chelsea was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and just finished traveling and working in California, Oregon, and Washington while completing a term of service with AmeriCorps NCCC. Through this experience, she decided to leave her small hometown and try out the city of Philadelphia. This has given her a fresh outlook on the city to pass on to travelers. Chelsea also previously worked as a horse-drawn carriage driver, and tour guide on Mackinac Island in Michigan and brings her expertise to our very own ghost tour. If you have any questions on things ghostly or ghoulish she’s the one to talk to.
Antoine Hall
Antoine HallReceptionist
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.