I finally reached the Esplanade after some 40 minutes walk from my hotel. Esplanade has an impressive array of well restored and maintained buildings that housed the British administration until Independence in 1957.
City Hall, opened in 1903, typifies the impressive Victorian style public architecture seen in many of Malaysian's buildings of the period.
I reckon Esplanade is great for early morning and early evening walks. One can even see Gurney Drive from here.