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Hotel Julien Dubuque

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Reputedly the hideout of mobster Al Capone in the 1930s
  • It has an excellent location in the Old Main District, opposite the Mississippi River
  • The restaurant serves local favorites
  • The spa offers treatments inspired by Native American medicine

"Beautiful setting, excellent facility, Carolines food was excellent"
10. Nov 2019 - Winona, USA
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Reputedly the hideout of mobster Al Capone in the 1930s, Hotel Julien Dubuque is an impressive property in an excellent location, facing the Mississippi River. It is set in Dubuque's downtown Old Main District and is just five minutes' walk from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Restaurants and bars on Main Street are a block away and Diamond Jo is 10 minutes' walk around the harbor. The hotel dates back to 1915 and touches of its glamorous heritage still remain, from the Tiffany glass doors to the marble floor tiles in the lobby.

Caroline's Restaurant is a popular option for American dishes and Mississippi favorites, including catfish cakes and Cajun-style chicken and shrimp, and the relaxed Riverboat Lounge (closed Sundays) caters for evening drinks and snacks. Ask for a seat on the outdoor terrace for the best river views. The mosaic-tiled spa offers treatments inspired by Native American medicine -- try the many hands massage -- and there’s also an indoor pool and whirlpool (heated with geothermal energy), as well as a gym overlooking the pool.

The rooms have nice updates but mirror the same design of the hotel with vintage photos and art deco-style lamps add a touch of Hollywood glamor. Bathrooms have granite counter tops and walk-in showers or bath tubs. Ask for a river-facing room for a quieter night (rooms on the street side can be noisy). Suites have separate sitting rooms for extra space and some come with whirlpool bathtubs for two. The most extravagant is the signature Al Capone Suite, with two en suite bedrooms, a full kitchen and a sizeable walk-in vault.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Casino
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Shuttle service (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Safe


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms


  • Bathrobes


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible path of travel
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(82 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hotel Julien over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
4.5 Ease of Booking
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Enjoyed Most
Beautiful setting, excellent facility, Carolines food was excellent
Traci 10. Nov 2019 Winona, USA
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful restaurant. Excellent bartender. Good experience
Other Comments
When I checked out, the desk clerk said that she would e- mail a receipt. she didn’t.
Larry 21. Oct 2019 Madison, USA
Enjoyed Most
The room was quiet and comfortable. Dining room food was exceptional and servers friendly.
Other Comments
Use of the pool and whirlpool nice. Food great.
Gwen 04. May 2019 Anoka, USA
Enjoyed Most
The room was clean and just a joy to be in!
Other Comments
The staff was professional and helpful!
Debra 29. Apr 2019 Bonduel, USA
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Alastair 23. Apr 2019 Morrison, USA
Enjoyed Most
The history and blend of the past with the present. Would be beautiful if the grand staircase had wooden floor instead of the drab carpeting though.
Other Comments
Staff is very friendly and accomodating.
Paul J 13. Apr 2019 Fond du lac, USA
Enjoyed Most
Caroline's restaurant's food is very good. We enjoy the pool and whirlpool; very clean.
Other Comments
Only thing is the windows need to be replaced in rooms. The windows rattled all night long due to high winds. Didn't sleep good on second night.
Walter 13. Apr 2019 Dixon, USA
Enjoyed Most
Historic place
Other Comments
Everything was great
George 09. Apr 2019 Davis, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff was very nice and helpful.
Kerry 09. Apr 2019 SandwichSandwich, USA
Enjoyed Most
Very luxurious
Marianne 09. Apr 2019 Niles, USA

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