GlobeSt reports that the Karlin Real Estate investment firm is busy acquiring properties and financing deals. Most interesting, Karlin has provided an $11-million loan to Kor Group toward the acquisition of the 135-room, 64,225-square-foot landmark Renoir Hotel in San Francisco. Kor Group is the development arm of the Viceroy Hotels & Resorts brand. Could Renoir be the next Viceroy hotel? It's a stretch: Viceroy has already been tapped to manage the Hotel Milano in San Francisco. A call put into Viceroy netted no news either way. GlobeSt reports that Karlin's bridge facility will allow The Kor Group time to complete pre-development work for the conversion of the property to a boutique hotel.