The former Julien Inn is a historic hotel in the heart of downtown Dubuque, Iowa on the Mississippi River. Its history traces back to the mid-1800s. Named after the city’s first settler, Julien Dubuque, the Julien Inn was once owned by gangster Al Capone during the roaring 20s. The hotel’s rich history was a design theme for its renovation. The 9-story facility was remodeled throughout and 133 guest rooms and suites, including a two bedroom Capone suite, were created. The building also contains various office suites.
Renamed Hotel Julien Dubuque, the facility features a Caroline’s Restaurant, Riverboat Lounge, meeting rooms, and a spectacular ballroom, all upgraded in the renovation project. A new swimming pool addition, and a new geothermal heat pump system were also included in the project.
Main Street Iowa 2010 Awards recognized Hotel Julien Dubuque as the Best Total Rehabilitation over 5,000 square feet.