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“Beautifully Renovated Historic Hotel”

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Hotel Julien Dubuque
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Beautifully Renovated Historic Hotel”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

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.

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Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

Have stayed at Hotel Julien many times in the past six months, most recently in November. I stay there while on business in Dubuque.

This is an historic hotel in a great location in the heart of downtown Dubuque. Unlike most metropolitan downtown hotels, parking is free at the Hotel Julien.

The rooms are not large but are very well appointed. I especially like the basket of snacks (the Hotel's version of a mini-bar).

The beds are extra comfortable and the linens are of the highest quality. The wireless internet works well and the rooms are equipped with flat-screen HD televisions.

The staff at the front-desk is very helpful and friendly.

Love the hotel and will continue to stay there when I return to Dubuque.

Room Tip: Higher floors have better views and are quieter. Rooms near the elevator can be quite noisy.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

As a spur of the moment get-away from Chicago, we chose to visit the city of Dubuque with its wonderfully historic buildings and friendly "small town" atmosphere. We spent two nights in the classic and charming Hotel Julien in the heart of old downtown and luxuriated in style while paying "small-town" prices. Beautifully restored in 2009, the hotel provides a quiet respite with old-fashioned hospitality. Our room was sumptuously outfitted with comfortable, cozy beds, plush robes, a spacious bathroom, upscale toiletries, and a very reasonably-priced mini-bar to indulge our every whim. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Caroline's, located within the hotel, but also found it easy to walk to several places nearby and enjoyed a second night's dinner at "Crust", a wonderfully, hip Italian/pizzaria across the street. We would have had breakfast at Caroline's but decided to try out the local Dubuque eatieries such as the nearby classic diner, Dottie's Cafe at 504 Central Ave.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

great hotel-superb customer service had a glich in reservations from expedia. Management upgraded the room to a suite. Nice fittness ctr. and pool. i WILL RECMMEND AND STAY HERE AGAIN. i HAD A COMFORTABLE FIRM BUT NOT TO FIRM MATTERESS AND THAT WAS GREAT.

Room Tip: HIGHER FLOORS ARE LESS quieter.especially on wkends.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

From the moment you walk into the Hotel Julien, you feel like you have stepped back into time. It is a very classy property with beautiful decor. I especially loved the bathroom; shower is great. The rooms are very clean, and spacious. We had a view of Main street and it was lovely and not noisy at all. The location is great as well. The museum/casino are all within walking distance. The downtown has some great shops and restaurants all within blocks. The staff is courteous and kind. I definitely will be back soon.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Julien Dubuque

Property: Hotel Julien Dubuque
Address: 200 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001-6942 (Formerly the Julien Inn)
Region: United States > Iowa > Dubuque
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Dubuque
#1 Business Hotel in Dubuque
#2 Family Hotel in Dubuque
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,995 - ₹ 20,664
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Julien Dubuque 3.5*
Number of rooms: 133
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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