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

96% (184 Member Ratings)

"Live music at the Riverboat bar and the indoor pool."
18. Feb 2017
Waupun, 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.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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96% Positive
(184 Member reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hotel Julien over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.7 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Live music at the Riverboat bar and the indoor pool.
Other Comments
Friendly staff overall and a quet room.
Susan 18. Feb 2017 Waupun, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
it is a charming older hotel. Big bathroom.
Other Comments
Had an unknown charge pending on credit card as well as a charge for the mini bar for items we did not use. After 5 phone calls, it still was not taken care of even though each time they apologized and said it would be. I even went to the general manager still to no avail.
Rich 15. Feb 2017 West Chicago, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable bed. Music in the lounge. Breakfast.
Other Comments
Nice environment
Lisa 08. Feb 2017 Iowa City, IA, United States
Other Comments
Staff very helpful.
Karen 07. Feb 2017 Darlington, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
This property is beautiful. It was refurbished in 2009 and they did an excellent job. The rooms are beautiful and very clean. The "deal" we got was great; $99 per night, with a $20 credit for the restaurant, 2 for 1 drinks at the bar and discount for the spa. The staff is very friendly, and the place is just a nice reprieve for a weekend get away.
Other Comments
The chocolates at the front desk are to die for!
Linda 07. Feb 2017 Muskego, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
We have stayed at the Julien many times---we love the quietness.
Roger 02. Feb 2017 Union, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
jeffrey 01. Feb 2017 DeWitt, IA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The staff was great. Very clean, and quiet.
Randy 31. Jan 2017 Dakota, MN, United States
Enjoyed Most
Very nice, clean hotel in a great location!
Dayna 31. Jan 2017 Iowa City, IA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The fantastic staff who would do anything for you that is possible.
Barbara 31. Jan 2017 Burlington, IA, United States

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