My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Julien, looking for a nice quiet weekend. Dubuque, by the way, is a real up and coming city, with the Mississippi Museum a can't miss feature.
I should start off by saying that we really like restored old hotels; you can't beat the character when it is done right. For example, our favourite hotel in Iowa is the Park Inn in Mason City, a Frank Lloyd Wright creation that has been wonderfully restored.
But I digress. The Julien is named after the founder of the city, Julien Dubuque. And it is a very nice looking building in the city core. The front lobby is very nicely done and spacious. Our biggest concern is the price. The room rate, for a double, was $170 per night! A bit pricey for a city of about 75,000 people - where there are lots of chains charging $80 to $125. The room was small, which is not unusual for refurbished old hotels, but the bathroom had only a shower and not a bath. They advertize a bar, but it is more of a night club and much to noisy to enjoy a quiet glass of wine at the end of the day. The front desk clings desperately to "policy" and accommodating special circumstances was far more dramatic than it needed to be. Front desk staff otherwise were fine.
With so many other options in Dubuque, I doubt we will be back.
- 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