This is a business hotel, not a luxury hotel, despite what it looks like and that it is a Ritz. It is very commonly booked by international travelers, which lends an unusual tone and drive up the prices in the public spaces, even beyond normal DC prices.
I stayed here about 17-20 percent of all the work-week nights of the year for a couple of years, and have very mixed feelings about it. As a woman traveling alone, there was a high comfort level. Being able to walk from the hotel public spaces right into the Galleria was a real plus, but there were other restaurants nearby that I ventured out to on foot (The Palm, an outstanding seafood restaurant, and a few others.)
While it is very close to the more standard "mall" nearby, it is largely inaccessible without a car. The hotel driver was always helpful getting me to the office, our headquarters, and even picking me up at the end of the day, but mall runs weren't part of the program : )
Overall, it was sterile. I eventually discovered the Westin across the highway and spent most of my time there. It was just more "homey" if not really cheaper. Plus you just need a change of scenery now and then. And, frankly, if I had realized how many "points" i could earn over at the Westin, I would have bailed out of the Ritz much earlier. Might as well get something out of all those business trips! (All I ever got at the Ritz was little concierge gifts, like two gourmet chocolates in a wrapped box or an executive pen in a box, as a frequent guest.)
Go for the points.