Hotel Julien - Dubuque, IA

One-Night Stay at Hotel Julien Dubuque in Iowa, Valid for Sunday–Friday Check-in

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19th-Century Beaux Arts Hotel with Storied Clientele

After it opened in 1839, the hotel at the corner of Second and Main Streets in Dubuque welcomed such 19th-century American icons as Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Buffalo Bill Cody. In its early years, the building now known as the Hotel Julien Dubuque was expanded, remodeled, renamed, razed, and rebuilt a number of times. The current incarnation, a grand Beaux Arts edifice completed in 1915, was a haunt of Al Capone, who would take over the entire eighth floor whenever the situation in Chicago got out of hand. The hotel's glamorous allure remains today in the lobby's massive mirror, which once belonged to the Ziegfeld Follies.

A $30 million restoration in 2009 retrofitted the original fixtures with energy-efficient lighting and added a reflective roof to help with geothermal heating and cooling, but it also enhanced the hotel’s 1910s grandeur. A grand staircase leads from the lobby to executive rooms, which are outfitted with art-deco armchairs, flat-screen high-definition TVs, and iPod docking stations. Relax for a few hours at the onsite Potosa Spa, which offers massages and facials inspired by Native American medicine.

Glass mosaics adorn the walls of Caroline's Restaurant. The eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with entrees ranging from pan-seared duck mansur ($20) to glazed beef short ribs braised in an aged apple cider ($24). At the Riverboat Lounge, guests sip cocktails and snack on late-night fare amid charcoal hardwood floors and crimson booths. Afterward, head out to stroll along Old Main Street or on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Dubuque, Iowa: Pastoral Charm along Mississippi River

Located along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, just across the Wisconsin border, Dubuque’s natural setting makes it ideal for picturesque hikes such as Heritage Trail, a 26-mile mountain trek. The trail links Dubuque with Dyersville, the site where Field of Dreams was filmed and the first baseball was harvested. A stroll along the Port of Dubuque's River Walk goes past Victorian architecture, eclectic sculptures by local artists, and the city's iconic clock tower.

For a history-centered day trip, take a scenic 20-mile drive east of the river to the charming town of Galena, Illinois, where you’ll find wineries, antiques stores, and blacksmith shops. The Ulysses S. Grant Home sits on a hill overlooking the town. The 18th president and Union general was given this Italianate house upon his triumphant return to his hometown after the Civil War ended in 1865.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

  • $95 for a one-night stay for up to four in a queen executive room with a $20 food-and-beverage credit, valid Sunday–Friday (up to a $149 value)

Book by: 2/14/13 Travel by: 3/31/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Onsite restaurant and lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool
  • Fitness center
  • Complimentary wireless Internet
  • Robes in rooms

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 2/14/13 or promotional value expires. Must complete travel by 3/31/13
  • Not valid 12/31 or 2/14
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 24hr cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 12% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Queen Executive Room

  • One or two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 in the one-queen room; 4 in the two-queen room
  • Adding occupants above standard: 18 and under is free; $10 per night for 19 and older
  • Flat-panel TV
  • iPod docking station

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 8 miles from Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ)
  • By cab: about $26 from DBQ
  • By shuttle: free shuttle service from DBQ

Customer Reviews

(446 ratings)

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Robert H. ·
April 17, 2013
friendly employees/staff


Dennis J. ·
April 6, 2013
Very comfortable and great style.


9 ratings   7 reviews  
April 5, 2013
It's a beautiful place with great service and a wonderful spa and restaurant.
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