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

"The room was very clean and the bed was very comfortable"
Mar 18, 2019 - ANAMOSA, 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-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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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(69 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hotel Julien over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
4.6 Ease of Booking
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Enjoyed Most
The room was very clean and the bed was very comfortable
Enjoyed Most
Quiet and location
Susan Mar 12, 2019 Sublette, USA
Enjoyed Most
Carolinas dinner was amazing.
john Mar 07, 2019 Hiawatha, USA
Other Comments
I have not been able to use our voucher purchased through Travel Zoo. Like most families, we need to travel on the weekend. I called soon after I purchased the voucher and was told there was not a single Saturday night in the months between then and the expiration date available to use it! They said they reserve two rooms per floor (small boutique hotel) for voucher use and all were booked. It was an absolute waste of money!
Sylvi Feb 27, 2019 Davenport, USA
Other Comments
Could not book a Saturday night...all unavailable but one weekend.
Marjean Feb 20, 2019 Darlington, USA
Enjoyed Most
Very cozy hotel with comfortable beds and very good service. Lovely place!
Patricia Jan 23, 2019 New Berlin, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location. Friendly staff History
Sheila Jan 05, 2019 Crestwood, USA
Enjoyed Most
everything, thats why it was our 8th time in 5 years !!!
Other Comments
youre missing out on of the best kept secrets in Dubuque if you dont stay here !
KEITH Dec 31, 2018 rockford il, USA
Enjoyed Most
The premier king suites are great for spreading out during an extended stay.
Loras Dec 29, 2018 Plano, USA
Enjoyed Most
Nice staff
bruce Dec 20, 2018 Mazeppa, USA

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