Hotel Julien

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According to staff and guests at this historic boutique hotel, sightings of the apparition of a man in period clothing on the upper floors of the hotel aren’t uncommon; and neither are the legends surrounding his appearance. Some believe this spectre is Al Capone, who frequently stayed in the hotel and is even rumoured to have owned it at various points in time.

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200 Main Street
Dubuque, Iowa
United States

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42.4962406, -90.66425979999997
Dubuque County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Dubuque, IA (0.3 mi.)
East Dubuque, IL (1.1 mi.)
Sandy Hook, WI (4.3 mi.)
Sageville, IA (4.5 mi.)
Asbury, IA (4.6 mi.)
Kieler, WI (6.7 mi.)
Menominee, IL (6.7 mi.)
Durango, IA (7.2 mi.)
Centralia, IA (9.0 mi.)
Sherrill, IA (9.6 mi.)


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  1. Years ago while staying at the Julien Inn my husband sat BOLT UPRIGHT in bed about 3 in the morning and said in a very strange and low ranged voice “You Just Wait” then he promptly laid back and fell asleep. I tried to ask him what he was talking about and when I got him awake he had no idea what I was talking about. P.S. 31 years later I’m still waiting!!!

  2. I stayed in the hotel about 5 months ago. I was touring with a headlining band playing at a venue down the street. Right as we were supposed to head over to the venue I remembered I forgot something that I needed in our room. The rest of the band headed down the elevator and as soon as the doors closed i looked down the long hallways as I was going to my room and all the way at the end was a dark figure in the shape of a stocky man with an old style hat. I froze and proceeded to walk down the hallway after him and noticed he very quickly turned the corner. As I got about halfway down the hallway I realized it was only one hallway and there was no where for this person to go. Hearing no doors close, I tried to gather what I had just witnessed. As calmly as I could I walked passed my room and headed to the elevator not even remembering what I needed from my room. I head down the elevator and Immediately went to the front desk and after a talk with the women at the desk I realized this hotel has had some seriously history. I then ask her if there’s any activity here and if so what floor. She hesitantly then begins to tell me about sightings on the 5th floor a lot. Now I’m shaking because we were staying on the 5th floor. I told her what I saw and apparently al Capone stayed at the hotel a lot and at some points was believed to own it. I looked him up on Google and as soon as the image loaded I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was him… I’m a firm believer in the afterlife and this solidified it for me. stay at this place if you’re ever in the area. Extremely Great hotel with great people and yes… A shit ton of history.

  3. I stayed at the hotel (Dec. 2015) 4th or 5th floor. Took some pics in the room; most showed cool orbs, not much else…..but…. about 3:50 a.m., I woke for some reason and just sat up in bed, propped on my right elbow. After about 3 mins., I felt an intense burning sensation on my left rear shoulder, like a spatula that had been heated red hot. For some reason, I did not move. This lasted about a full minute, then slowly faded away. I went right back to sleep. In the morning, I was looking for a shirt, when my girlfriend said: “what’s on your back?” Turns out there were three really red scratches. I never felt a scratching sensation, only the intense burning. Took some pics of these. Just like you see on many paranormal shows. I was surprised that I did not feel a presence at the time. Anyway, I know there are some type of entities there.

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