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Nostalgia

A testament to the Fitgibbons family’s indisputable passion for this hotel; ever-growing, ever-changing, but always unwavering warmth & welcome.


1863

The Land

Charles Baker buys the land The Glen sits on today and starts building.

1865

The First Beer

Baker’s Hotel opens and the first beers are poured, making it amongst the oldest, continuously trading licensed premises in Qld.

1875

The Cobb & Co.

Cobb & Co. coaches stop daily at the newly named “The Eight Mile Plains Hotel” on their Brisbane to Southport route. Passengers enjoy hot meals and cold ale from the Hotel as fresh horses are harnessed.

1927

The Glen

With the undulating countryside reminding them of their hometown, Scottish sisters Mary-Jane McCamey and Emma O’Sullivan take over the Hotel, changing its name to “The Glen.”

1960

The Family

After years of watching their parents transform establishments throughout Qld, siblings Brian, Vince & Imelda Fitzgibbons buy the rundown Hotel with plans to bring it back to life. Brian’s son, also named Brian, aged 8, accompanies his Dad to the Hotel for the nightly lockup.

1963

The First Makeover

Brian & Elaine Fitzgibbons and their nine children move into the Hotel as extensive renovations start. A new drive-in bottle service, front bar, and cabaret room are added to the Hotel, creating a hub of dinner dances, cabarets, and discos.

1964

The Entertainment

The Hotel is an icon in Brisbane during this time with The Rumblin’ Tum disco, Richard Swift and the “Glenaires” on cabaret night and performances from Johnny O’Keeffe, Kamahl, Billy Thorpe, Daddy Cool and the Deltones.

1986

The Brothers

Brian & Greg Fitzgibbons buy the Hotel, keeping it in the family.

1988

The Cookhouse

Renovations are complete just in time for Expo 88 opening in Brisbane. The Hotel opens a new bar, “The Cookhouse Restaurant” and builds three outdoor rotundas along Bulimba Creek.

1993

The First Award

We are awarded Best Bar Presentation & Service at the State and National Hotel Awards for Excellence.

1994

The Pokies

A brand new gaming room with 20 new machines, and new conference rooms open.

2003

The Deck

The Deck opens, providing expansive timber decking overlooking Bulimba creek and the gardens with a new kids’ playground to complete the picture.

2004

The Fundraising

The inaugural Go Pink Day lunch in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation is held.

2009

The Best Functions

We are awarded Best Functions Operation/Facility at the Qld Hotels Association Awards for Excellence.

2010

50 Years

The Fitzgibbons family celebrates 50 years of continuous ownership at The Glen.

2014

The Glen Hotel & Suites

In time for the G20 summit in Brisbane, The Glen Suites opens, offering 4.5 star hotel rooms becoming a preferred accommodation provider for G20 support services.

2015

The Best New Accommodation

We are awarded Best New Accommodation Hotel/Resort at the Qld Hotels Association Awards for Excellence.

2015

The End of an Era

Co-Owner Greg retires, but the Fitzgibbons name happily continues at the heart of the Glen Hotel as Brian and his family retain ownership.

2016

Charles Baker Coffee & Donuts

Charles Baker Coffee & Donuts opens, named as an ode to the original owner of The Glen.

2017

Alphonsus Pizza

New additions arrive all the way from Naples, Italy – twin wood-fired pizza ovens. Named after Brian’s grandfather, Alphonsus Pizza is born.

2018

Lily

Eager to create an intimate sanctuary within the heart of the Hotel, it’s only fitting that the new restaurant be named Lily, after Brian’s garden-loving grandmother and Phons’ wife.

2018

The Sustainable Initiative

We are proud to be one of the first Hotel’s to eliminate plastic straws and reduce the use of straws altogether.

2019

The Hotel of the Year

We are awarded Best Casual Dining and the Judges award for Best Overall Hotel in Queensland at the Qld Hotel Association Awards for Excellence.

2021

The Olympics

The Glen Hotel & Suites hosts Australian teams for their training and team immersion before leaving for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, just days before Brisbane is announced as the host city of the 2032 Olympics.

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