Hotel Julien

One-Night Stay with Dining Credit and Optional Wine Tastings and Spa Credit at Hotel Julien in Dubuque, IA

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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 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. Luxury suites offer extra room with two flat-screen TVs in each, and premier suites include open living rooms and fully equipped kitchens in addition to several extra amenities.

This deal comes with a dining credit at Caroline's Restaurant, where glass mosaics adorn the walls. The eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with entrees ranging from seafood mac ‘n’ cheese bake with shrimp and lobster ($18) 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. With option two, you also get a $50 credit for use at the onsite Potosa Spa, which offers massages and facials inspired by Native American medicine.

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

One-night stay for two with a $20 dining credit

  • Option 1: $99 for a queen executive room, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $194 value)
  • Option 2: $199 for a king premier suite or queen luxury suite with a $50 spa credit and wine tastings, valid for check-in any day of the week (up to a $334 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 7/26/13
Travel by: 7/31/13

  • Blackout dates: not valid 6/14–6/15, 7/5–7/7
  • Cancellation policy and fees: 24-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 12% tax not included

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 7/26/13 or promotional value expires. Must complete travel by 7/31/13
  • Not valid 6/14-6/15, 7/5-7/7
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 24-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • 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: guests 18 or younger stay free; $10 per night for guests 19 or older
  • Flat-panel TV
  • iPod docking station

King Premier Suite

  • One king bed and one sleeper sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: guests 18 or younger stay free; $10 per night for guests 19 or older

Queen Luxury Suite

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: guests 18 or younger stay free; $10 per night for guests 19 or older

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Checkout: 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

422 Ratings

The service and size of the rooms.
Erin L. · April 27, 2015
Beautiful historic hotel with a wonderful staff. Caroline's restaurant is the BEST!
Helen P. · March 29, 2015
Great rooms and nice people.
Andrew K. · March 28, 2015

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