Dubuque, IA 

The Mandolin Inn

199 Loras Blvd
Dubuque, IA 52001-4857 US
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Rates: $85 to $150
Total Rooms: 8
Overall Rating: 5 hearts (6 reviews)


Circa 1908. This handicapped-accessible three-story brick Edwardian with Queen Anne wraparound veranda boasts a mosaic-tiled porch floor. Inside are inlaid mahogany and rosewood floors, bay windows and a turret that starts in the parlor and ascends to the second-floor Holly Marie Room, decorated in a wedding motif. This room features a seven-piece Rosewood bedroom suite and a crystal chandelier. A gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room with a fantasy forest mural from the turn of the century. There is an herb garden outside the kitchen. Located just 12 blocks away, is the fabulous National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. The inn can equally accommodate both business and pleasure travel.Publicity and Awards: USA Today's "10 Best" Places to Stay, Arrington's BNB Journal, 2006 Summer Inn Traveler magazine, Iowan Magazine, Dubuque, Des Moines and Chicago newspapers, Emerging Horizons (Accessible Travel News) Magazine, Lakehom Magazine, Japanese TELPAL F, a Japanese Travel Show, local FOX TV, local television Promo for Cinderella (Cinderella reading her story in the parlour of the Mandolin Inn), This American Life segment on NPR.Location: City/Urban.


Rooms & Rates

Rates: $85 to $150
Payment types accepted include Visa, Personal Checks, Master Card, Discover, American Express and Travelers Checks.
Rooms: This property has 8 total guest accommodations, 6 with private bath, 1 with fireplace, 1 two-bedroom suite and 2 conference rooms.
The types of beds available include Twin, Queen and King.


Minimum Stay Requirements: Two nights all holiday weekends, special college weekends, festival weekends and all weekends in October
Cancellation: 72 hours
Pets: There are 2 sweet cats living here at the Inn and they don't share their space with unfamiliar animals.

Services & Amenities

Meals Included in Rates: Breakfast.
Types of meals: Full Gourmet Breakfast and Early Coffee/Tea.
Amenities In Room: Iron/Ironing Board, Television, Wireless Internet Access, Cable TV, Heating, Fireplace, Bathrobes, Bath Amenities and Air Conditioning.
Amenities On Site: Suitable for Events, Family/Kid Friendly, Free parking on premise, Gift Shop, Handicap Access, high speed wireless, gourmet breakfast and central air.
Business Traveler Amenities: Wireless Internet Access, Television, Off-site Dry Cleaning Services, Iron/Ironing Board, Gym Nearby, Flexible Check in/out Times, Flexible Cancellation, FAX On-site and Desk.
Languages Spoken: some Spanish and some French


- One Night Free: This property is featured in Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns published by American Historic Inns. This guide features a certificate for ONE NIGHT FREE with the purchase of one night. The dates this property will honor the certificate are Sunday-Thursday, no holidays


Events Hosted: Seminars, Romantic Getaways, Family Reunions, Meetings, Honeymoons and Weddings.
Other Activities: Art Galleries, Bicycling, Birdwatching, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Live Theater, Museums, Parks, Shopping (Local Crafts), Skiing Cross Country, Skiing Downhill, Sports Events, Major College, Antiquing, Tennis, Water Sports, Wineries and Casinos Mississippi River.

Historic Interest

The home was the private home of Nicholas Schrup, senator and financier (owned all banks and insurance companies in the city) at the turn of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The mansion was designed and built by the renowned Swiss architect Fridolin Heer. Some exceptional aspects of the mansion include a hand-carved Queen Anne wrap-around veranda, distinctive green spanish clay tile roof, hexagonal turret, eclectic patterened brickwork, Palladian windows in the east gable and a unique leaded and stained glass window of Saint Cecelia (patron Saint of musicians) holding a mandolin.
Historic Awards: State Historical Site (Granted), National Historical Site (Granted), City Historical Site (Granted), The home is a historically, architecturally significant site, eligible for local, state and national registers.
Historic Memberships: National Trust, Local Historical Society and City Historical Society.
Historic sites nearby: Lead shot tower (2 miles), Ice Harbor/Port of Dubuque (1 1/2 miles), 4 historic districts - the home is right in the middle of one (the historic Jackson Park), downtown Dubuque, Galena (13 miles)

Romantic Interest

The Inn is beautifully restored, has lovely furnishings and a tranquility that soothes the soul and inspires intimacy.