Greenville is a great city, and the downtown area has won many awards. It is very walkable, with a wide range of hotels from upscale to standard. Lots of great restaurants there too. If you stay in downtown Greenville, you will have a nice base to work from with lots to do for the weekend. Clemson will be about a 45 minute drive. Assuming you will arrive in Clemson several hours before kickoff, you will have plenty of time to explore the campus and downtown area. Clemson is much smaller than College Station, and the university is much smaller than A&M, so you wouldn't want or need to spend a whole weekend in Clemson. A few hours before the game will suffice.
As someone who has hit a fair share of away games,
Sep 11, 2018, 1:19 PM
I say, STAY IN CLEMSON. Is it more expensive? Yes. Do they jack up the hotel rates? Yes. BUT, if you want to soak in all of Clemson and walk downtown and go to the holes in the wall we call bars, stay in Clemson. If you want to see, smell and feel CLEMSON, stay in Clemson.
If you just want to see the Saturday atmosphere and care less about the night before the game or any of that other hoopla, then yeah, save a buck and stay out of town - just kind of depends on what your priorities are for a trip of this sort. For me, I like to stay "in town" to take in the traditions of the school I'm visiting.
Personal(& monetary) preference, I suppose. Just have to decide what exactly is the purpose of your trip.
How long do you plan to be in town? Will you have a car? Your age? Looking for the college experience or just a good visit? Is price a limiting factor? Etc.
I stayed at the Embassy Suites in College Station to be near the college thing. I had many friends stay in Houston or Austin mostly due to cost. We all had fun but very different experiences. So a recommendation depends on your preferences.