My spouse & I just returned from getaway to Dubuque and Galena, IL. We were pleasantly surprised!! We have stayed at many hotels and found the Hotel Julien is now very near the top of the list. We had a King Executive Single overlooking the river. The service and the food (breakfast and dinner) at Caroline's Resturant was some of the best we have had.
Will definitely add this to our list of "Must return to".
It was quite and charming.