Hotel Julien

1-Night Stay with Dining Credit and Optional Massages at Hotel Julien in Dubuque, Iowa

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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 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.

This deal comes with a dining credit for 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 to glazed beef short ribs braised in an aged apple cider. 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 options two and three, you can indulge in a 50-minute massage 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

1-night stay for two with a $30 dining credit

Check in Sunday–Thursday

  • Option 1: $109 for a double-queen or king executive room (up to a $259 value)
  • Option 2: $199 for a double-queen or king executive room with two 50-minute massages (up to a $399 value)

Check in any day of the week

  • Option 3: $269 for a king premier or queen luxury suite with two 50-minute massages (up to a $449 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 10/11/13
Travel window: 8/16/13–10/30/13

  • Blackout dates: Not valid 8/30/13-9/2/13
  • 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.

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 10/11/13 or promotional value expires. Valid for travel 8/16/13-10/30/13
  • Not valid 8/30/13-9/2/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option and check-in days of the week 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

King or Two-Queen Executive Room

  • One king bed or two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 in the king room; 4 in the two-queen room
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for guests 19 or older; guests 18 or younger stay free
  • 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: $10 per night for guests 19 or older; guests 18 or younger stay free

Queen Luxury Suite

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

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

446 Ratings

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N B. ·
Reviewed November 6, 2013
Beautiful lobby, good restaurant and nice location.


Jeff J. ·
Reviewed November 2, 2013
Price and the food ,it was a great experience


Shery M. ·
Reviewed October 16, 2013
The rooms were beautifully redone, so spacious, and very comfortable. Caroline's, the hotel restaurant, was excellent. We enjoyed it so much We ate dinner, breakfast and , after touring Dubuque, returned to have lunch there. The staff were warm, welcoming and professional.
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