A temporary hotel has been built in Rome, Italy, from rubbish collected from European beaches in a bid to raise awareness about beach pollution.

The Save the Beach Hotel, built by environmental campaigners, features five rooms and a reception lined with 12t of rubbish, including toys, cans and car exhaust pipes.

The hotel took guests between 3 and 7 June 2010 only, according to BBC News.

Created by German artist HA Schult, the hotel is located beside the second century Castel Sant’Angelo on the banks of the Tiber river.

The hotel’s interior walls are made of inorganic waste while the outside is made of rubbish found on beaches.