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River City Loft- Novelty Iron

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,350 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

In the Historic Millwork District in downtown Dubuque, this 1,350 sq. ft. penthouse overlooks the Mississippi River. The bridges to Illinois and Wisconsin can be seen from the living room windows. Within walking distance to shops and restaurants. The entire apartment is yours to enjoy. Large elevator access. Two bedrooms with queen beds and roomy enough for three couples with the sofa sleeper, or large families!

Robert Johnson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2018

About Robert Johnson

Historic Preservation focused real estate developer. Studied architecture (and MBA) at University of Illinois. Lizzie is learning about VRBO and helping with listings and guests.

Robert Johnson purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Robert Johnson chose Dubuque

I bought the building with hopes and dreams of redeveloping and restoring as adaptive reuse (mixed use). We are about 75% there with most of the 260,000 SF complex complete. If you like historic buildings and the urban/warehouse experience ... with all the amenities travelers expect today, this is the place for you.


Dubuque Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping


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River City Loft- Novelty Iron
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

Overall nice place to stay with some drawbacks

  • 4 of 5

Generally speaking, I would recommend this property to stay in Dubuque, but be aware of a few issues.

Pros: 1) clean, comfortable beds, 2) pet friendly, 3) close to restaurants and river attractions.

Cons: 1) There is a fee for parking that is NOT listed in their ad. One spot comes with the unit. If you have other cars, you either have to park on the street, near a busy gym and restaurant or pay for an additional spot in the building's lot. The owner via VRBO email told me that additional spots were $10/day, but when I arrived and Aaron was showing me to the unit, he informed me that an additional space was $20/day and despite the fact that the owner had told me something different, my friend and I were charged $20/day.

2) The parking is pretty far away from the unit, so you have to carry your things quite a ways. I had to make two trips and did not bring a wheeled suitcase because I didn't realize this. I could handle it, but please be aware if you are older or have difficulty carrying things. I was not told there were carts or anything that would have made this easier.

3) There is karaoke on Tuesday night at one of the bars from 6-10pm and you can hear every note. I could also hear the TV of the person that lived downstairs.

4) The air was not turned on in the unit when I arrived, so it was 83 degrees in there. I later found that some of the windows had been left open.

5) The shower in the bathroom closest to the front door shoots out brown water for a second when you first turn it on and the tub drains VERY slowly.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous place for family, close to fun!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed Mothers Day weekend in this fabulous unit. The 4th floor view gave us a nice look out over the rooftop at the city. Nicely appointed and very accessible - wheelchair access is always a concern for us and this place has no barriers. If you are looking for a great place for the family to meet and feel comfortable, you have to check out this renovated apartment in the ole iron works building. Best part, all the great new bars, pubs, and eaterys in the building or within walking distance. Have fun!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Urban Gem

  • 5 of 5

We came in to town to spend time with our college student. This River City loft was perfect for our needs! We grabbed him , all the necessities we needed at the store and came back to the loft. Made him a home-cooked meal and relaxed! The location was awesome! Within walking distance to great restaurants, little coffee shops, farmers market, etc... And not far from the aquarium, museum, casino, etc. The loft was was clean, spacious and has a great urban vibe. There is construction at the site as they are continuing to expand but we were never bothered by it. My son loved it, he was able to get off campus, kick back, eat something besides caf food, do his laundry and just enjoy... in a cool atmosphere! Looking forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious urban feel loft

  • 5 of 5

I'm originally from dubuque, and it's amazing to me to see the downtown transformation and these incredible lofts. This unit is remarkable with tons of room and lots of light. It's such a value for families and you can walk to bars and the farmers market on Saturday. The kitchen has all the essentials needed to make your own meals.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A nice place, just be aware of the size of the beds

  • 4 of 5

My family enjoyed staying at this loft. The place was clean and the area is up and coming. In a short period of time this area may be the best area to stay in Dubuque. There are a couple of nice places to eat nearby.

The only issue we had was that in the description of the loft it said there was a king sized bed. This turned out to be untrue. I contacted the owner about it and never heard back. It ended up not being a big deal because the beds were very comfortable, but I felt it is important that anyone who wants to stay here should know that.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4+Beautiful unit, nice location, ideal for Loras visit, extra touches, noise from upstairs :(

  • 4 of 5

4+ stars - Beautiful unit with fully stocked kitchen including basic spices, coffee, condiments, and other supplies. LARGE bedrooms with tons of closet space, very clean bathrooms - nice touch with the soap, shampoo, lotion and face cloths :) Comfortable seating area, butcher block prep table, and high top table as well as round dining table. The only detraction (and why not a 5 star) is the noise from upstairs unit (any walking upstairs is very noticeable).

Building still under construction, so getting to parking is a little cumbersome. However, there were a couple of dollies in the lobby to make transporting items easier! Once this entire building is completed, it will really be a gem!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Dubuque Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Kalmes' Breaktime Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lacoma Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Brazen Open Kitchen and Bar
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Sundown Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Finley's Landing Park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

House Rules
No smoking indoors. Pets allowed. Check-in 3PM. Check-out 11AM.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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