My husband and I stayed at Hotel Julien for a last minute weekend getaway. We chose this hotel because it's a boutique hotel nearby two casinos with a spa on site.
The Good: beautiful historic hotel, downtown Dubuque. Our Executive Room was nicely decorated and spacious for two people with an expansive view of downtown. The bed was comfortable; the pillows a bit firm for my taste. Modern amenities, Moen & Kohler fixtures, and Aveda bath products. The room has a Keurig coffee maker, and I loved that a full bottle of Cabernet & wine opener were available to us along with an array of honor bar items. The room was very clean and quickly turned each day. Nearby are two casinos offering free shuttles. We preferred the gaming at the Majestique. Crust, across the street, was wonderful. We would have liked to try L. May or Pepper Sprout, but ran out of time.
The opportunities: as other reviewers commented, the jacuzzi could be warmer, but it's not unpleasant. Our 2nd time at the pool, no towels were available and when we asked for some, after 30 minutes, none had arrived. Attached to the hotel is a night club - the Riverboat Lounge - which caters to the nearby college crowd. As this was our first trip to the area, we were surprised by the number of college bars on Main St; unfortunately, not much for the the 30+ crowd. By midnight, the club next door is loud and packed. Too bad the hotel doesn't offer a little pub or bar for us "older folks." The night club just doesn't seem to fit with the overall hotel vibe.
What to keep in mind: the Exec. room has a fridge, but no microwave. Parking is free, but limited. The Hotel Julien is one of the top hotels for weddings and events in the area, so most weekends are pretty busy. The spa gets booked early, so make an appointment in advance. All in all, the hotel was lovey. While quaint & charming, the downtown area lacked the variety of dining, bars and attractions that we're typically used to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience this remarkable full service boutique hotel, offering the area's most elegant accommodations, cuisine and impeccable service. After a $30+ million complete renovation, the Hotel Julien Dubuque is now a true landmark of luxury and sophistication. The hotel's contemporary elegance and sumptuous comfort complement the grandeur of the historic Old Main District, which is home to many of the incredible sights and cultural experiences the region has to offer.Whatever journey brings you to the Hotel Julien Dubuque, we invite you to set aside a little time to take good care of yourself.Potosa Spa & fitness facility, located on the lower level of the Hotel Julien Dubuque, is the definition of an exceptional boutique hotel spa: Steeped in service, designed with tranquility in mind, true to the culture and history of the area, and restorative for mind and body. ... more less
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