- Visitor Guide
The diplomatic receiving salons of the Hôtel de Talleyrand are the ceremonial suite of rooms designed in the 18th century to host distinguished guests. The private apartments were located above and below the salons. Servants’ quarters were on the top floor, while the kitchens and stables occupied the ground floor.
In the 18th century, as was the tradition, guests to the mansion were greeted in the main courtyard, before being escorted through the vestibule, up the grand staircase, and through the three antechambers. They would then be received, according to their status, in one of the rooms of the diplomatic salons overlooking the Rue de Rivoli: the Grand Reception Room, the State Office, or the Oval Room. Admission to each successive room thus signaled the guest’s importance to his host.
The two large reception rooms at the beginning of the visit, the Grand Dining Room and the Rothschild Dining Room, did not exist at the time of Saint-Florentin nor Talleyrand. They are part of the extension built for the Rothschild family in 1868-1871.
The suite of rooms overlooking the Rue de Rivoli were restored to their 18th century splendor, while the three antechambers, the Grand Dining Room and the Rothschild Dining Room, as well as the Rothschild Boudoir, were restored to their 19th century décor. A small surface on the upper cornice called a “witness” has been left unchanged in almost every room in order to display its state before the 2000-2010 restoration campaign.
Visitors will notice several decorative items that complement the restoration of the rooms and add to their ambiance but were not originally part of the building. The U.S. State Department acquired them thanks to generous gifts and donations. In order to facilitate the rooms’ current use as event spaces, they have been left intentionally sparse.
To access the full brochure:
Brochure in English
To discover all the rooms:
1.THE MAIN COURTYARD
2.THE VESTIBULE AND GRAND STAIRCASE
3.THE DONORS ROOM
4. THE GRAND DINING ROOM
5.THE ROTHSCHILD DINING ROOM
6. THE ROTHSCHILD BOUDOIR
7.THE STATE BEDROOM
8.THE OVAL ROOM
9.THE STATE OFFICE
10.THE HARRIMAN ANTECHAMBER (visible from the State Office)
11. THE GRAND RECEPTION ROOM
12.THE MARSHALL PLAN ANTECHAMBER
13.GASTRONOMY IN THE HÔTEL DE TALLEYRAND
Credit U.S. Department of State
Photo credit U.S. Department of State