A testament to the Fitgibbons family’s indisputable passion for this hotel; ever-growing, ever-changing, but always unwavering warmth & welcome.
1800’s - Where it all began
Charles Baker buys the land The Glen sits on today and starts building.
The First Beer
Baker’s Hotel opens and the first beers are poured, making it amongst the oldest, continuously trading licensed premises in Qld.
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.
1900’s – 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.”
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.
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.
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.
Brian & Greg Fitzgibbons buy the Hotel, keeping it in the family.
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.
The First Award
We are awarded Best Bar Presentation & Service at the State and National Hotel Awards for Excellence.
A brand new gaming room with 20 new machines, and new conference rooms open.
2000’s – The Development
The Deck opens, providing expansive timber decking overlooking Bulimba creek and the gardens with a new kids’ playground to complete the picture.
The inaugural Go Pink Day lunch in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation is held.
The Best Functions
We are awarded Best Functions Operation/Facility at the Qld Hotels Association Awards for Excellence.
2010’s – Where we are today
The Fitzgibbons family celebrates 50 years of continuous ownership at The Glen.
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.
The Best New Accommodation
We are awarded Best New Accommodation Hotel/Resort at the Qld Hotels Association Awards for Excellence.
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.
Charles Baker Coffee & Donuts
Charles Baker Coffee & Donuts opens, named as an ode to the original owner of The Glen.
New additions arrive all the way from Naples, Italy – twin wood-fired pizza ovens. Named after Brian’s grandfather, Alphonsus Pizza is born.
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.
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.
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.
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.