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Hotel Julien Dubuque
Following a $30 million dollar renovation, Hotel Julien Dubuque has been a catalyst to the redevelopment of Dubuque’s Lower Main Street and a highly sought after location fore meeting and leisure travel as one of the Midwest’s finest hotels. Hotel Julien pays host to hundreds of meetings, receptions, and events that bring thousands to Dubque. Overnight stay packages are created routinely with other tourism partners to promote the area.
In 2015, the hotel provided two world-wide looks upon Iowa and the City of Dubque with its financial investment to bring ABC’s Reality Show, The Bachelor to our area. It was through this effort that millions of views saw what Iowa and Dubuque are all about. Also in 2015, the hotel also hosted the first Dubuque Diamond Dash, a scavenger hunt with the ultimate prize being a $25,000 wedding package. They’re a major partner in Dubuque Food & Wine on the River event and their Twelve Days of Christmas is a series performances, attractions, and civic service supporting charities and providing joy to kids of all ages. The hotel also celebrated its 100th Anniversary with an open house featuring guided walking tours of the hotel’s history and refreshments.
They routinely provide complimentary accommodations and/or gift certificates for VIPs being entertained in the area by economic development entities or non-profits, travel writers featuring stories on the area and Iowa, and for numerous causes from national disasters to medical concerns on an individual.
The hotel employs over 140 individuals and over 75% of management team members have been promoted from within. Staff and management are also represented on over 40 service or non-profit entities. In addition to playing home to a world-class Potosa Spa, an amazing fine dining at Caroline’s and a fully reimagined Riverboat Lounge. They even have Tesla Motors charging stations. How cool is that?
The hotel has been recognized as the Lodging Property of the Year by Travel Iowa and the Property of the Year by the Iowa Lodging Associations as well as Midwest Living’s Top 50 Midwestern Romantic Getaways. Clearly they’re doing something very, very right.