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Rhein-Main Air Base’s Gateway Inn, named the best small inn for U.S. Air Forces in Europe last month, is now vying for an even greater honor.

Judges will visit and evaluate the facility Sunday, measuring it against top Air Force inns worldwide.

The facility — including landscaping, accommodations, service staff and amenities — will be judged against a long checklist, called the Golden Eagle standard, of what the best should have.

Three people, two from Headquarters U.S. Air Force Services Agency and a certified hotel administrator, will see how Rhein-Main’s inn stacks up among the contenders.

“Sometimes it boils down to one point that decides the winner from the losers,” said Johnnie Bennett, Gateway Inn general lodging manager. “We’ve already had a great accomplishment, and now we’re going to do whatever is required of us to be named the best.”

The Gateway Inn will find out whether it took the Air Force’s small-category award after judges evaluate each facility in the competition. Results will be announced in about a month.

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