On June 28, 2011 the hotel was attacked by armed suicide bombers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. At least 10 people were killed as a result of the attacks.
Sixty to seventy guests were believed to be staying at the hotel at the time of the attacks. Thirty provincial government officials were staying at the hotel to attend a briefing about the transition of security responsibilities from the U.S. Military to the Afghan security forces. Most of the hotel's guests were in the hotel's dining hall at the time of the attack. Initial reports suggest that a wedding party may also have been hosted in one of the dance halls. Taliban militants began an assault on the hotel at 10 PM local time armed with small arms, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, machine guns, and anti-aircraft weapons. Nine attackers were captured on surveillance camera entering through the rear hotel garden during a dinner for hotel guests. Suicide vests were detonated at the entrance to the hotel and on the second floor. Two dance halls were destroyed in the initial attack. The then attackers proceed to ascend to the fifth floor. Exchanges of weaponfire between law enforcement occurred until the early morning hours. Civilians were instructed by security forces to stay in their homes. One civilian observed a militant sniper firing and rapidly adjusting his position to avoid counter fire. At one point, an Afghan intelligence official informed the press that it believed it had eliminated all but one militant. Entry forces ascended the first two floors killing a suicide militant in the process. The security forces attempted to disarm the explosive vest the attacker was wearing. The attackers took up firing positions on the hotel roof when the fight entered its climactic end. Three combatants on the hotel roof were killed by two circling NATO helicopters. A U.S. Blackhawk helicopter carried ISAF snipers while a MQ-1 Predator provided critical aerial surveillance. This helicopter is said to have participated in the aerial strike. Among the wounded were three Afghan policemen who had responded to the attacks. Three hotel staff including one hotel security guard and a hotel chef were killed. Electricity to the hotel was restored after the end of military operations.
Taliiban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid claimed Taliban responsibility for the attack and lauded the militants that killed "dozens of the foreign and local top-level officials". The briefing proceeded as scheduled the next day.