Solved! The problem was with the DHCP setup. After following this post, I was able to connect to it by specifying the static IP address specified to the
The method uses
udhcpd package for DHCP management (not sure as to why
dnsmasq never worked for me).
The static address was specified in the
/etc/network/interfaces file like so
iface wlan0 inet static
Hence it was possible to access it through the client system (which was connected to it using the Pi-3's own in-built WiFi) using this IP address
$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org
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I am also able to do this even without the Ethernet connected.