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Chicago Athletic Association
Carmel Valley Ranch

This is what happens when you invest in a dream not just a blueprint.

About Geolo

This is what happens when your building materials are vision, courage,
and imagination.

About Geolo

Preserving the integrity of an idea does not merely take money. It takes courage.

About Geolo

Thompson Hotel Austin


As an investor, developer and partner, Geolo has built a multi-billion-dollar, global portfolio of premier hospitality and multi-family real estate and brands. By leveraging our collective years of experience in the real estate development industry, we successfully guide our partners and clients through complex adaptive reuse projects, historical restorations and ground-up development.

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Thompson Hotel DC


Our diverse portfolio includes complicated adaptive re-use projects, historical restorations and ground-up development. Our strategic advantage: an extensive and proprietary knowledge base, uniquely combined with a depth and breadth of industry-rich experience that is simply unequaled.

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Ori Living

Capital Partners

Following the divestiture of its Operating Division to Hyatt in 2018, Geolo has expanded its role as a Capital Partner and Investor to rapidly growing businesses in the real estate and technology space. Since that time, its strategic guidance and financial infusions have led to the growth and success of high-profile concerns across a wide array of industries, while providing substantial credibilty in the eyes of senior lenders. Currently, Geolo’s portfolio includes consumer-facing lifestyle brands, hospitality ventures and real estate investments ranging from multi-family projects and adaptive re-use of existing structures to construction from the ground up.

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Typical Lending Criteria

Investment Vehicle Mezzanine and Preferred Equity
Investment Size $10mm - $30mm
Geography United States
Asset Profile Hospitality, Multifamily, Mixed-Use Hospitality / Multifamily
Loan Term 2- 5 years
Loan to Value/Loan to Cost Max 75% LTV/C (no cash-out refinancing)
Rate Floating Rate Loans Priced Commensurate with Risk
Sponsor Experienced Sponsorship with Sufficient Liquidity / Net Worth
Ventana Big Sur
Ventana Big Sur
Case Studies

Two Roads Hospitality

Building a whole greater than the sum of its parts

Beginning in 2010, Geolo led a series of acquisitions and mergers between four carefully chosen, highly unique hotel management companies.

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Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch
Case Studies

Carmel Valley Ranch

Repositioning an Outdated Resort

When Geolo invested in the 500-acre Carmel Valley Ranch (The Ranch) property in 2009, the property was losing millions of dollars every year.

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Chicago Athletic Association
Chicago Athletic Association
Case Studies

Chicago Athletic Association

Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Landmark

In 2013, Geolo led the acquisition of the historic Chicago Athletic Association (CAA) building.

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A Timeline of



  • Geolo begins construction on Greyhound Flats in the River North neighborhood of Denver, CO. This 185-unit development marks Geolo's third residential project in the city, bringing its Denver multifamily presence to over 400 units, representing $170 million of project value.
  • Geolo commences construction on 111 Willoughby, a mixed-use high-rise tower consisting of 227 residential units in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, NY


  • Hector Calderon joins Geolo Capital as Chief Investment Officer to drive continued growth in the residential and multifamily sectors
  • Geolo Capital acquired and commenced construction on 3,500 residential units, representing more than $600 million of project value
  • Ventana Big Sur sold for a record-setting $2.5M per key


  • New Joint Venture Between BentallGreenOak, Flank Management LP and Geolo Capital Leads to Acquisition of Hutton Hotel in Nashville
  • Real estate software startup Livly raises $8M; Investors include private equity group Geolo Capital
  • Thompson Washington D.C. Hotel sold to Union Investment Group


  • Geolo Capital places a venture investment in Fra'Mani Handcrafted Foods
  • Geolo Capital launches a new hospitality finance vertical with two closed transactions: Alila Marea in Encinitas, CA and Kimpton Buckhead in Atlanta, GA
  • Geolo Capital places a venture investment in Ori Living


  • Two Roads Hospitality agrees to be acquired by Hyatt
  • Geolo Capital places a venture investment in WhyHotel
  • Travel + Leisure announces Alila Hotels (#9) and Thompson Hotels (#17) in their 2018 list of Top 20 Hotel Brands in the World
  • Announced new construction project with two hotels in multi-use building in Austin, TX; opening 2021
  • Two Roads Hospitality ranked 4th largest management company by Hotel Business (based on gross annual revenue)


  • Thompson Washington D.C. project announced; opening in 2019
  • Ventana Big Sur reopened after $20M renovation including new Glamping sites


  • Commune Hotels & Resorts merges with Destination Hotels to form Two Roads Hospitality, over 90 hotels under management
  • The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, completes a historic renovation with condominiums opens in NYC
  • Thompson Seattle, a ground up, mixed-use and multi-family project opens
  • Thompson Nashville, a 224-room hotel opens in the Gulch


  • In partnership with Wanxiang and Sterling Bay, purchases and renovates Hotel Talbott in Chicago, IL
  • Wanxiang invests in Carmel Valley Ranch, and in a joint venture with Geolo Capital purchases Ventana Big Sur in California
  • Chicago Athletic Association Hotel opens after an extensive renovation of an 1893 building


  • Alila Hotels, a luxury lifestyle brand with hotels in Southeast Asia, China and India, was acquired by Geolo Capital
  • Epiphany Hotel opens after an adaptive-reuse renovation in Palo Alto, CA


  • Geolo Capital acquires the remaining interest of Thompson Hotels; 40 hotels under management of Commune Hotels & Resorts in the U.S., Canada and U.K.


  • The first JDV hotel opens outside of California: Hotel Lincoln in Chicago, IL


  • Merger of JDV and Thompson Hotels; creating Commune Hotels & Resorts - the first international multi-brand lifestyle hospitality management company


  • Joie de Vivre acquired by Geolo Captial


  • Purchase of Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel Valley, CA


  • Founding of Geolo Capital


  • Odyssey Club, a private residency club; sold to Exclusive Resorts


  • In 1998 John Pritzker invested in Mandara Spa and helped to bring Asia's leading spa company to North America; in 1999 Shiseido acquired a minority stake in the Company and in 2001 the Company was acquired by Steiner Leisure