A recent $30 million renovation turned this historic property in the Old Main District into a luxe lodging while preserving the hotel's character, history and charm. Photos of historic Dubuque line the halls; ornate tin ceilings in the elevators date from the 1940s; an original brass mail chute goes from the eighth floor to the lobby. The lobby itself is reminiscent of a bygone era, with comfortable seating areas, a fireplace and restored marble floors. Guest rooms, from $169, have a classic look with comfortable bedding in shades of brown, gold and cream. Many suites feature whirlpools baths or full kitchens. An opulent suite commemorates Al Capone, who stayed here in the 1920s.
The lower level of the hotel houses the new Potosa Spa, a pool, hot tub, exercise room and Caroline's Restaurant, which serves American cuisine. Our breakfast of eggs Benedict ($9) came with hash browns with cheese and onions, a Dubuque tradition.
A hotel has operated on this site since 1839. Through the years, its famous guests included Abe Lincoln, Buffalo Bill Cody and Mark Twain, as well as Al Capone. The renovation has now made this a welcoming lodging for a new generation of guests, who will find the hotel within easy walking distance of many shops, restaurants and attractions.