Hotel Julien Dubuque

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Why We Love It

  • 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

95% (138 Member Ratings)

"The room, staff friendliness, and the music in the bar."
09. Apr 2017
Milwaukee, WI, United States

Map & Directions

It's a three-hour drive from both Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Milwaukee International Airport. Free parking is available at the hotel. For domestic flights, the Dubuque Airport is 15 minutes away by taxi.

Rooms & Rates

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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.

From the press:
  • "A recent lavish renovation has turned it upscale and it's a real antidote for chains" -- Lonely Planet



  • 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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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 24 hours

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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95% Positive
(138 Member reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hotel Julien over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Pool, view
Candy 19. May 2017 Oxford, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
The room, staff friendliness, and the music in the bar.
Jim 09. Apr 2017 Milwaukee, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Was disappointed the lounge was closed we were there on a Sunday
Steven 28. Mar 2017 Sussex, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful rooms and great service
Other Comments
Perfect location for visiting nearby Galena, Illinois. I rated the hotel a good value for the money based on what a room would have cost without the Travelzoo voucher. With the voucher, it's an excellent value -- made more so because the voucher included a $20 credit at the hotel's restaurant, making the room itself only $80.
Kelly 19. Mar 2017 Cedar Rapids, IA, United States
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Other Comments
This deal is the absolute best! Can't wait for another one to post.
Dawn 19. Mar 2017 spring green, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful lobby and very nice shower.
Other Comments
Staff was not friendly or knowledgable. We were locked out of our room when we came back from exploring a nearby town and had to wait in the hall for maintenance man to get us in, after three trips to the front desk. The restaurant was nice but expensive. We had voucher for free drink, but no one told us it was closed on Sunday. Seemed like we were either waiting in the hallway or the lobby for answers or to get into our room for way too long . Staff seemed like we were just bothering them.
Susan 17. Mar 2017 Cuba, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
The bar.........very nice people
Other Comments
It would help a lot if the bed pillows were more comfortable....very large, and hard.......no blanket for pull out couch, so had to use bedspread from bedroom. Had to go to front desk for a tv remote that worked for the bedroom 3 times.....but staff very friendly. Husband forgot his phone charger and the return charge seemed quite large...ten dollars or more....and 3 days to return, and we are only a little over an hour away from the Hotel.....
James 16. Mar 2017 Bettendorf, IA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The Hotel is located downtown and close to so many restaurants and bars!
Leo 08. Mar 2017 New Hampton, IA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The accommodations and location.
Jacquelynn 07. Mar 2017 Round Lake, IL, United States
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Other Comments
Carolines restaurant was fantastic
Keith 05. Mar 2017 Sun Prairie, WI, United States

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