We spent a few days at the Hotel Julien, Dubuque, IA recently while visiting eastern Iowa and western Illinois. What a wonderful experience!
The Julien sits right downtown and is very easy to find just off of Highway 20. It is within walking distance of the National Mississippi River Museum, the Diamond Jo Casino, Port of Dubuque, and a variety of nice shops and restaurants downtown. The charming community of Galena, Illinois is a 20-minute drive away. A grand hotel completely redone, the Julien retains its late-Victorian era charm with all of the modern amenities, a great location, and fabulous staff.
Our check-in process was seamless, and the clerk was very friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. The lobby is impressive, boasting a grand staircase, original marble flooring, grand old fireplace, and comfortable seating. Our room was beautiful-- a corner King suite on the fifth floor with a view of downtown Dubuque and the Ice Harbor and Mississippi River. Large windows let in a flood of light, with luxurious curtains, nice stylish furniture, granite countertops in the full kitchen and bathroom sink areas, and a large, spacious bedroom. The bathroom was roomy and beautifully tiled with a big, modern shower, thick towels, and new fixtures. Everything was sparkling clean.
The King bed was firm, but comfortable with nice sheets and covers. Bedside tables and lamps for each side were a nice touch. In the closet were wonderfully-comfortable spa robes; I loved relaxing in my robe and didn't want to take it off! We didn't take advantage of the Potosi Spa downstairs, but the amenities looked good and prices fair. The pool, hot tub, and exercise room were immaculately clean, spacious, and well-appointed.
Another perk of the Julien-- wireless internet is fast and available free of charge in all rooms and public areas. Unlike many hotels of this caliber, the Julien doesn't nickle-and-dime every expense. Much appreciated.
We dined at Caroline's, the hotel's restaurant, our first night and had a wonderful experience. Our meal was perfectly-cooked, and the service top-notch. A full wine-list and varied menu meant there was something for everyone. Caroline's menu is also available via room service--- try the Banana French Toast for breakfast! Prices are very fair, and portions large at this restaurant. Because of the restaurant on-site, there is no complimentary breakfast, but Caroline's is a great restaurant and prices are fair. Room service arrived quickly with a hot meal perfectly prepared and well-presented.
Every staff-member we interacted with at the Julien is to be commended. Each person was friendly, efficient, well-dressed, polite, and really seemed to enjoy their job and were justifiably proud of the grand old hotel. They were willing to go out of their way to ensure any guests' happiness. I really can't think of one bad thing about our stay. The Julien is a touch of old-world luxury in the modern world. By far the best place to stay in Dubuque, and one of the best in the midwest.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Julien Hotel Dubuque
- Hotel Julien Dubuque Iowa