'The city's best', 'Asia's best' and occasionally even 'the world's best' are claims hotels in Hong Kong's cut-throat market are fond of making for everything from service to views. Now there is a new bragging-rights contender - the hotel most wired to the information technology highway. And the latest to make the claim of being 'Asia's leader' is the new player in town, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Central. Geoff McClelland, vice-president of the hotel group's technology department, yesterday showed off the hotel's messaging system and high definition video-on-demand entertainment system. The all-in-one system allows guests to read faxes, e-mails, messages from staff and even voice mail from television screens. Mr McClelland said the market was tough and innovative and that success depended on keeping the hotel as near as possible to the latest technology. Guests could already move throughout the hotel carrying their laptop and not drop off the internet and the hotel has ensured there would be no dead spots for mobile phones. 'All of the world's major hotels are now in Hong Kong and we are all trying to attract the same group of people, and you really have to have everything right to keep your guests,' he said. The hotel would not admit how much it spent on the technology, but admitted it was not cheap. 'It is very easy to do this badly. It has to be seamless, easy to use and offer something to guests. Many hotels will give you an LCD television, but they won't offer any content to go with it. We do,' Mr McClelland said. Other hotels were quick to claim they matched the Mandarin. Langham Place Hotel in Mongkok trumpets its broadband system as a 'wireless bubble', where guests are as connected as they would be in their office and offers mobile phones in the rooms that guests can carry with them. Intercontinental emphasised its LCD televisions, I-Pod docking stations and Bose entertainment systems, while Shangri-La said technology must not obstruct guests from having a good time.