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“Perfectly acceptable for low maintenance people” 3 of 5 stars
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36 W 4th St, Dubuque, IA 52001   |  
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Ranked #12 of 17 Hotels in Dubuque
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“Perfectly acceptable for low maintenance people”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

If you are the type that likes spas, fitness centers, turn-down service, etc- the Canfield is NOT for you. If you appreciate a fun, unique atmosphere with local character you will be just fine. This is an old place with a lot of history. It was one of the cheapest places in town for the weekend. Many "long term" residents here- folks down on their luck, out of work, etc. Everyone we interacted with was friendly and polite and we did not feel threatened or uncomfortable once. Front desk staff was decent enough, not overly friendly, but not fake-which we like. People- remember if YOU are nice, usually you will get it back. If you have a complaint about your room kindly explain it to staff and they will deal with it. If you are rude and condescending- you will get attitude back. It's a no brainer! Hotel location is excellent, great food across the street at the Sunshine Cafe. Minutes walk to casino and interesting sites downtown. Yes the elevator smelled a bit funky, but it's an old building! Our room was interesting. Kitchenette with fridge and micro, sitting area with loveseat (old and worn) and coffee table, table and two chairs, double bed (uncomfortable and dipped in the middle, but clean and bug free) small tube TV with remote, sink and vanity outside of bathroom. Now the shower/tiolet room....LOL we got a chuckle out of this! You had to stand in the shower to close the door, and step over the toilet to get out of shower. It was SO tiny! Water didnt drain well either, but we dealt with it for the weekend just fine. The windows in the room opened so that was nice to have the fresh air. All in all The Canfield was a very interesting place to visit! The bar/karaoke lounge on the first floor was fun as well. If you are not high maintenance and want an experience to remember- come to The Canfield! We shall return.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

The Canfield is interesting! If you are looking for the same old, bland, boring hotel, stay away.

The place just exudes character out of every nook and cranny. I've stayed there twice with groups of billiard players in town for a yearly tournament. Each room seems to have its own decor. One room had macrame keys all over, another tons of birds and owls, yet another had a slight Egyptian feel with cats. It has a very vintage look, mostly because, it is vintage. Not much has been updated in decades. It's a real place, not some fake everything-is-the-same run of the mill hotel. There is a karaoke lounge on the first floor, with some interesting characters of it's own in the locals hanging out there. Even the wooden Indians sitting on the bench in the lobby give the place a slightly creepy but fun vibe. I highly recommend this place for someone looking for something not boring, and out of the 40's (or 70's).

While the shower is horrible for someone of my height (6'3"), I can manage bending backwards for a bit to wash my hair. A little stretching never hurt anyone I suppose. Cool place. The beds are very small, and not very comfortable, but I did get some sleep. If you are on the upper floors, I didn't hear much commotion, but I'd imagine if on the 2nd floor the lounge might be noisy. There's a great little cafe across the street for breakfast.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tomahawk, Wisconsin
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

We were just trying to find a Ed's beds to stay at for a fast night in town. Nothing high end or upscale. Well when I walked into the 40's i should have spun and ran. We didn't trying to give the place a chance. Went to the room and wow. Not nice. Smelled like MOLD, Smokey throughout the hotel and the bed spread was I think suppose to be white but not. We decided to get the hell out because my girlfriend has respitory issues and could even breath. When we tried to check out the lady at the front desk was OK about it but the owner or manager was sitting in the lobby and said we were crazy and liars. Didn't want to give us any money back and really rude. The best thing that could happen to this hotel is that it burns down....

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Davenport, Iowa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2011

The local flavor of the Canfield flows from the neon sign on the outside to the cigar store indians on the inside. The throwback rooms are charming and well maintained. The karoke bar is fun and the management keeps any disturbance in check immediately. The eclectic group of people who stay at the Canfield lend to rich and rewarding experience. If you want to overspend, the Canfield is not the place. If you want every room to be exactly the same, the Canfield is not the place. The establishment is in the heart of Dubuque and close to all of the attractions. The Sunshine Cafe across the street is a fabulous value with outstanding food. It ain't the Marriot or Holiday Inn, which is why it is a must-stay in Dubuque.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Freeport, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2010

Spend the extra money get a better room somewhere else. It's creepy everywhere the rooms look like they dug old things out of a dumpster. No joke!!! I thought I was on the tv show boiling points because we were told this was their "best' room they had! The door was open and shut right as we walked into the room. That is how fast we left. We walked up to the hoilday inn and for $28 more got a whirl pool suite!!! Dirty dirty!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Waverly, Iowa
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

This is a cool place to stay. If you want to sleep early get a room up high or live with the karoke. Each room is unique with different decorations put together adhock. The decor is 6oish. I know the owner and manager from the frequent stays we have experienced over the 10 years or more we have been staying here. No pool no pets but they do have phones and in room coffee.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cedar Rapids
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2009

We've stayed at the Canfield about once every other year for sixteen years. Since the Julien Inn has been renovated into more of a luxury hotel, the Canfield is the best hotel value in downtown Dubuque. Parking is in an unprotected lot across the street, but it's free and we've never had a problem. This hotel is for tourists who just want a clean spacious room in an historic building where they can walk to all the downtown attractions. The Karaoke bar on the ground floor is a comfortable place with a lot of local color, but not audible in any room we've stayed in. This place is not for the business traveler on an expense account or for a honeymoon couple that wants chocolates on their pillow, but for those who appreciate vintage Dubuque this place is a gem. Should you visit the Old Jail museum in Dubuque, check out the circular Life Net on the wall. It was used by firemen in 1946 to rescue guests jumping from a fire in the Canfield.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 36 W 4th St, Dubuque, IA 52001
Location: United States > Iowa > Dubuque
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Ranked #12 of 17 Hotels in Dubuque
Number of rooms: 54
Also Known As:
Canfield Hotel Dubuque, Iowa

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