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“Great price and location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Canfield Hotel
Ranked #16 of 17 Hotels in Dubuque
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113 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great price and location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

My husband and I used to own a boat on the Mississippi in Dubuque, so we were familiar with the Canfield, but had never stayed there. We sold our boat about a year ago and were headed up to Madison, WI and wanted to stay in Dubuque in the downtown area on the way up. It was a Saturday night, and to our dismay, all the hotels just about anywhere were booked. So I called the Canfield and they had a room for us. It was under $90 for a night. We stayed on the 5th floor. The decor was definitely unique. Everything was pieced together and nothing really matched. But it was very clean and extremely quiet. We slept until almost 10:00 the next day, which is unheard of for us. But maybe that was the martinis we enjoyed in the Rainbow Lounge before bed! The lounge is like stepping back through a time portal as well, but the karaoke singers were good and the place was fun. We would definitely stay there again. It's probably $150 cheaper per night than any other room downtown. The Sunshine Diner across the street is a great place for breakfast too.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank Lisa C
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bettendorf, Iowa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

I was told by many friends and family " it's a riot", the place is decorated from the 60's-70's very odd and different. I am sick of the same old hotel stay, everything soooo the same...I am looking for some fun and not to be mean but, a good laugh from yesterdays cheap décor. I want to be entertained by everything. Just looking forward to a get-a-way with family and friends that has been there before and hated to leave. So if you are the type that is critical over every little thing and want the best of everything then go stay at the Hampton, Super 8. And pay the price. I am going to the Canfield Hotel and the Rainbow Lounge for that alone, for the experience itself.

Room Tip: Going for the experience itself.
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Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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2 Thank Edward H
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Iowa
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45 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

We've just returned from a two night stay at the Canfield. We chose this hotel for it's location, price and eccentric personality and will most likely be staying here any other time we come to Dubuque.

This hotel is within walking distance of most port of Dubuque attractions (which was what we wanted). Within a 1/2 to 3/4 mile radius you have the Spirit of Dubuque river rides, aquarium and river museum, America's River Festival concert area (held this weekend), casino, shopping, downtown restaurants and bars, If you are looking for something "fancy", "cookie-cutter" with room service, etc., this is not the hotel for you. If you want luxurious décor in the down town area and don't mind paying for it, I recommend the Julien Inn, which is just a few blocks away. There is also a Holiday Inn close to this location for those looking for a more standard-fare. If you want to be on the "main strip" coming into town on Highway 20 near all of the big box stores, chain restaurants, etc. there are a good number of chain hotels located along the strip. I would not recommend the Canfield to our more snooty friends (especially those with kids), but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to my friends I know to be more laid back and more into location and economy than luxury.

At the Canfield, we stayed in a 2-room suite (#517) for $85 + tax per night. The 5th floor is a non-smoking floor, but I did notice a faint smoke smell every once in awhile while in bed, which I assume was wafting up from the room below us. If you are very sensitive to the smell of smoke, I would not recommend this hotel. Our room overlooked the neon "Canfield Hotel" sign which we loved. As most noted, the hotel's décor is a conversation topic, but we found the room and hotel to be clean. Even all the knickknacks in the rooms were clean! Think of the decor in your grandparent's basement in the 1970's.......

Our two room suite had a small sitting area with a loveseat (new), chair (new), 2 end tables, phone, 15" wall-hung flatscreen TV, mirror, wet bar area with a small refrigerator/freezer, microwave, sink, bar rail and bar stool, garbage can, small hutch, 2 lamps, bottle opener, coffee pot with coffee, tea bags, sweetener, 2 old style coffee cups with the old plastic liners (classic!), plastic cups and a ceiling fan. I didn't see an ice bucket. We played a little Frank Sinatra and had a cocktail in this area before heading out on the town!
The bedroom was spacious with a double bed (comfortable enough; linens were fine), 2 pillows (flat - there was another one in the closet. You might want to request additional pillows), small table and 2 chairs; lounge chair with footrest (recently re-upholstered), mirror, 2 end tables with lamps, ceiling fan, bureau, phone, 22" (or maybe 26") wall mounted flatscreen TV, small sink and shelf, 1200 watt hairdryer clock. There was no alarm clock in the room, but you could request a wakeup call. Curtains looked new in the bedroom. Carpet was retro looking, but clean.There are windows in the sitting/wetbar area and bedroom that you can open, which was nice. The bathroom is small but functional with a tub/shower (note - there isn't a scald guard on the shower so be careful. Water was hot!), low-sitting toilet (think of the old toilets you had in grade school with the black toilet seat) mirror, 1200 watt dryer(yes, another one!) towel racks and a small wall cupboard. There was bar soap provided and I did find 2 small packets of shampoo in the wet bar area with the coffee packets?, so I'm not sure if shampoo is actually provided or if someone left it. There were standard bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths and bath matt provided. Interestingly, we slept in until noon on Saturday and housekeeping had already left so we were basically "out-of-luck", but that was fine with us. There really isn't any individual air conditioning in the rooms. There is a big "swampcooler" which cools the building and there are radiators in the rooms for heat. The temperatures were in the high 70's/low 80's while we were there and the room temperature was fine. There are ceiling fans as well.
As someone else noted, this hotel does seem to draw a varied crowd. There were a number of people in the front lobby throughout our stay that we decided were probably long-term residents. An interesting crowd, but everyone was friendly and we never felt unsafe.

Reservations and front desk personnel varied in friendliness levels, although no one was unfriendly. Carol, who was at the front desk when we checked in and the next day, was exceptionally helpful and friendly.

Some other observations:
* The Rainbow Lounge in the hotel has a 1930's meets the 1970's vibe décor and their karaoke nights are quite well known and attended even thought the place is small. :) It's good, cheesy fun with pleasant staff and reasonably priced drinks ($3 for a bottle of Bud Light. Lots of mirrored walls, a small dance area and black leather "C" shaped booths in addition to the bar area itself. Interesting bathrooms.
* There is a small "cantina" area by the front desk that carries some pop, dry goods, microwaveable food, etc. for sale, and has a microwave.
* Don't forget to have your picture taken with the two Native American "guests" in the front lobby.
* There is free parking across the street from the hotel (by the Sunshine Restaurant)
* The Sunshine Restaurant across the street serves diner-type food at a reasonable price. It seems to be a throw-back to the 1950's era. We ate lunch there and the food we had (open-faced hot-roast beef sandwich served with a cup of soup, mashed potatoes ; cheeseburger and fries) were good.
*There is a McDonald's ~1 block from the hotel.
*There are a number of great little restaurants and bars (i.e. Vinnie Vanucci's - Italian) not far from the Julien hotel, which is within walking distance (< 1/2 mile).


In short, if you want somewhere downtown that is reasonably priced, clean and a little "different", give this place a try.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank oceanfish058
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Dubuque, Iowa
Level Contributor
55 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

the entire place is filthy and smells of smoke and if you want to feel safe I wouldn't suggest staying here. It offers rooms for rent by the month so you can imagine the crowd of people that are LIVING in this hotel! would definitely not just for any type of family with the unusual crowd that hang around and live at the hotel

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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6 Thank DaniBB043
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Central Kentucky
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

My daughter and I chose to stay at the Canfield after reading the reviews from others. What a place! Our room decor was straight out of an 80s mobile home bedroom: shiny black and red! We were on the 5th floor and the heat is from radiators and is controlled from one thermostat at the office. Guests could lower or raise the amount of heat coming from the radiator in their room but couldn't turn it off completely. When we got hot we were able to open a window and all was well. The 5th floor hallway had a big plastic tree and the elevator still had the small square metal cigarette ash tray on the wall. My 23-year-old daughter had never seen one of those before. The Rainbow Lounge is the big hit of Dubuque. We were attending a wedding couple shower in town. Not only did the bachelor and bachlorette parties from our families' wedding come to the Rainbow, but another party as well. Friday and Saturday nights are karaoke nights and every age from 21-81 was there to sing. It was a hoot! This place was clean clean and the staff very helpful. We really enjoyed it. Also, the Sunshine Family Restaurant across the street is the place to eat. You can walk from the Canfield. They start serving at 6:00 am every morning. They have everything and the three different meals we ate there were excellent and the price was just right. The Canfield is very unusual and may not be for everybody, but we will definitely return.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Laura H
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

We have stayed at the Canfield many times over the last 12 years.It is clean, friendly and unique. Special thanks to Carol for being so friendly and helpfull.We would'nt stay any place else in the city. Larry G.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank gmusky
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United States
Level Contributor
26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

I read the reviews and was prepared for what we found. It was not a bad stay but not as charming as these other reviews had led me to believe. The wax indians in the lobby were a bit jarring walking in at midnight. The decor isn't so much retro as it is chevy conversion van. There was no air conditioning which, had we arrived a few days earlier, would have been miserable. We opened the windows and it was the perfect temperature. I feel this hotel draws a weird crowd, many of the people we ran into in the halls and lobby were a bit off.

The hotel is fine, but it is far from amazing or enchanting.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Pippin P
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Property: Canfield Hotel
Address: 36 W 4th St, Dubuque, IA 52001-7005
Region: United States > Iowa > Dubuque
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Ranked #16 of 17 Hotels in Dubuque
Number of rooms: 54
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