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Sedgewick Hotel
Appeared in Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Portable Versions)
IDW Comics
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
Founded 1897 A.D.
Ghosts Encountered Slimer
Pappy Sargassi
Chef Ghost
Spider Witch

The Sedgewick Hotel is a five star hotel, was the site of the Ghostbusters' first call, and their first captured ghost, Slimer.


The Sedgewick Hotel was revealed to be founded in 1897 A.D.[1] by Godfrey McCallister Sedgewick, a misanthrope turned hotelier. No one was sure why someone who hated people would open a grand hotel. Since them, the Sedgewick has exuded an eerie atmosphere. An inordinate number of guests and staff have met untimely ends due to strange accidents and sometimes foul play. Most of them stay forever, drawn to an inexorable force that traps them in the Sedgewick's many corridors, suites, ballrooms, and service area. The Portrait of G. Sedgewick was commissioned in 1910.

The staff had a history of seeing a green specter on the twelfth floor, but never made any public acknowledgment of the problem. Two weeks later, on that fateful night, however, the disturbances had become too much to ignore. To salvage the ballroom event, the Hotel manager caved in and called the Ghostbusters. The hotel manager called in response to their TV ad citing their services as paranormal investigators. While they cornered Slimer in a ballroom, the manager was trying to keep a rich patron, Mrs. Van Hoffman, at bay as she inquired why the ballroom was locked.

The guys responded punctually, but not very quietly and made quite a scene coming in. The Ghostbusters went to the twelfth floor and performed a successful field test of their equipment by blasting a cart pushed by a Chambermaid. The trio split up. Ray encountered Slimer first and opened fire when he couldn't get in contact with Venkman. Slimer eluded Ray and phased through a wall. It came face to face with Peter and slimed him. Ray rushed to Peter's side. Egon Spengler then radioed them to come down to the first floor and meet him at the Alhambra Ballroom where the ghost headed to. They trapped Slimer but also destroyed the ballroom in the process.

Ghostbusters: The Video GameEdit

Realistic VersionsEdit

In 1986, the Ghostbusters gave the Sedgewick Hotel a clean bill of health.[2] However, during the Thanksgiving weekend in 1991, Slimer returned to the Sedgewick and many entities manifested. The Ghostbusters arrived in search of Slimer. Ray, Peter, and Rookie went up to the twelfth floor. After chasing him through the halls, Slimer slimed Peter once again. Afterwards, they went downstairs to find other ghosts haunting the hotel. Slimer was eventually trapped in the Alhambra Ballroom by Peter and the Rookie. The Ghostbusters encountered Pappy Sargassi and chased him to his restaurant, Sargassi's, which he founded in 1950 on the 3rd floor of the Sedgewick.

While the Ghostbusters encountered the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man outside, three Stone Gargoyles atop the Sedgewick animated and attacked the team. After the Stay Puft was defeated, the Sedgewick was closed down for repairs and sealed off from the public by the Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission. The City & County also turned off most of the power after an electrical fire was dealt with on the third floor.

The Ghostbusters realized one of the nodes in Ivo Shandor's Mandala is located in the Sedgewick and they proceed to shut it down. Inside, they now found it more haunted than ever. The Ghostbusters learn from John O'Keefe that in the 1920s, the Spider Witch, a professional widow, conducted unimaginable things in Room 1221 on the twelfth floor. Her victims were hung from the ceiling, drained of blood then dragged around. The walls of her room were literally painted with blood. The furniture was hacked, chewed and crushed up in the corner like a giant nest. After her spree, the room was locked up, until about 1986 A.D. when the hotel was remodeled.

The Ghostbusters attempted to search for the node on the 13th floor. O'Keefe scoffed at this notion as all of the grand old hotels don't have one. Nonetheless, the Rookie and Egon Spengler went to the 12th floor and learned it had been transformed into a twisted lair for the Spider Witch. They eventually located Room 1221 and discovered it housed a secret entrance to the 13th Floor. On the 13th floor, they defeated the Spider Witch once and for all. They found themselves back in a ballroom and the node was shut down.


As of the beginning of Thanksgiving weekend 1991, the specials were as follows:

  • Continental Breakfast
    • 6:00 to 10:30
    • Croissants, Rolls, Jam, Coffee, Tea
  • Lunch
    • 11:30 to 2:00
    • Salad, Chicken Caesar Panini
  • Dinner
    • 5:30 to 9:00
    • Soup or Salad, Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls, Steamed Vegetables


Employees Edit


Note, this is for only primary canon (Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)). Secondary canon is not included.

  • First Floor
    • Lobby
    • Check in/Check out desk
    • Jopel's Lapels Men's Fashion
    • Les Oiseaux Fine Wines And Liquors
    • Alhambra Ballroom
    • Ruby Ballroom (where Egon and Rookie end up after Spider Witch)
    • Kitchen
    • Utility (where Back up Generator is)
  • Twelfth Floor
    • Slimer's point of origin
    • Room 1210 (Where Roy and his wife stay for honeymoon)
    • Room 1221 (Spider Witch room)
  • Thirteenth Floor
    • Spider Witch's Lair

See alsoEdit


Primary CanonEdit

Secondary CanonEdit

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions)

IDW Comics


  • According to the storyboards in the "Movie Scrapbook" included in the Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Gift Set, it was originally called "Hotel Sedgewick"; the words were flipped around to Sedgewick Hotel in the film.
  • The hotel scene was planned to be shot in New York's Waldorf Astoria but the lobby was too small and would have cost too much, according to Joe Medjuck. [3]
  • The filming of the Sedgewick scenes took place at the Biltmore Hotel, in Los Angeles, California.
  • Ivan Reitman also used the Biltmore lobby for filming in "Dave" [4]
  • The man Egon poked was originally conceived as a woman with only a towel on, but was later changed to the old man.
  • Slimer flying around the chandilier in the hotel ballroom is one of Reitman's least favorite effects. [5]
  • The ballroom sequence took about three to four days to film. [6]
  • In Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, the Sedgewick was built in the thirties on the edge of the garment district. It is home to businessmen, trade shows, conventions, and vacationers.[7]
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (realistic version), the cake in the Hotel Sedgewick's Alhambra Ballroom is modeled after a real-life cake created by the pastry-chef wife of the Terminal Reality modeler that built it.[8]
  • As of the Thanksgiving 1991 weekend, it cost over $50,000 to reserve the Alhambra Ballroom. [9]
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (realistic version), after Panic in Times Square, the ninth message left on the Firehouse answering machine is from an attorney regarding a client injured during the Ghostbusters' first visit to the Sedgewick. [10]
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game (realistic version), after Checking Out the Library, the seventh message left on the Firehouse answering machine is from Sedgewick's competition, Sultan Suites. Their occupancy quadrupled after the first level and the general manager Edward Dumas offers the Ghostbusters dinner and drinks on the house. [11]
  • On page 15 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #5, the wine bottle is the Les Oiseaux Fine Wines brand. A store was seen in the Sedgewick Hotel in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions


  1. "Tobin's Spirit Guide" entry's notes for Bellhop Ghost
  2. GBTVGReferenceCleanBillofHealth.jpg
  3. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 67. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685.
  4. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 29:52-29:59). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "I used this moment in "Dave" when he exits as the supposed President of the United States. "
  5. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 35:05-35:10). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "One of my least favorite special effects. "
  6. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 35:32-35:37). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "We ended up shooting I guess in the hotel for three or four days on this sequence. "
  7. Mueller, Richard (August 1985). Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular, p. 89. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.
  8. Game Informer "What You Didn't Know About Ghostbusters"
  9. Haim Rodriguez; After Panic in Times Square, Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 7 of 13 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Haim Rodriguez says: "Yeah, this is Haim Rodriguez. I just want to thank you for breaking up my kid's bar mitzvah. That was great. Cost me over 50 grand for one, a busted up ballroom, and a hotel manager that won't stop crying. FAN-TAS-TIC. It's all good. I'll just wait for my precious son to become a man for the second time. How does that sound? We'll just wait it out. Or you know, he'll probably be getting married in eight years or so and maybe you can come and destroy the wedding? Or maybe his son's bris? Ah, ah... Would you like to attend the Blessed Occasion with your lasers and your hollering? We look forward to it. Invitations will be in the mail."
  10. Gray Hannard; After Panic in Times Square, Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 9 of 13 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Gray Hannard says: "Hello, this is Gray Hannard with Hannard & Hannard Attorneys at Law. I'm calling regarding the incident in which one of you opened fire on my client at the Sedgewick Hotel earlier this evening. It's really a shame. We've never seen such extensive soft tissue damage. Perhaps we can work something out. Call me back at your earliest convenience."
  11. Edward Dumas; After Checking Out the Library, Firehouse 2nd Floor Answering Machine Message 7 of 13 (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) - Firehouse (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Terminal Reality. Edward Dumas says: "Hi, this is Edward Dumas. I'm the general manager over at the Sultan Suites. Right down the street from the Sedgewick. Just wanted to thank you gents for your work over there. You guys must have done a real number on them. Our business has hehheheh quadrupled overnight. Uh, listen, come on over some time for dinner and drinks on the house. And go ahead and leave your backpacks and destruction at home, though. 'Kay?"


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